There is an old adage that says, “crime does not pay.” But hey, “nolege is power.”
An Indiana man is trying to put that concept to the test. Among the numerous tattoos that Donald Murray has above his shoulders are the words “CRIME PAYS” in one-inch capital letters.
Now police in Terra Haute are looking for him after he allegedly led police on a high-speed car chase.
Police said Murray was identified after Friday’s episode of Live PD featured the pursuit. Ryan Adamson, who is the public information officer for the Terra Haute Police department, said Murray faces charges of criminal recklessness and resisting law enforcement.
The chase started after police tried to pull over a vehicle that was being operated without headlights. Police say that the driver escaped after crashing into a tree and that the passenger told officials that he did not know the driver’s name.
A viewer of the show wound up calling the police to identify the driver as Murray.
Anyone with information on Murray’s whereabouts is asked to call Vigo County Central Dispatch at 812-232-1311.
Rest assured, Murray isn’t the only criminal out there that lands in the category of “not as smart as they look.”
When a perpetrator gets away with a crime, he must have an overwhelming sense of relief and the urge for a bit of celebration.
After all, he’s just pulled off an illegal act and left no evidence behind that could tie him to the act. Imagine the relief he must feel upon getting away with murder.
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Now imagine how dumb he’d need to be, after having gotten away clean with a murder, to have the crime scene permanently tattooed to his chest.
That’s what happened with Anthony Garcia, a Los Angeles gang member who committed a murder during a liquor store robbery and got away with it for four years.
That is, until he was picked up for driving on a suspended license and the police noticed his unique tattoos when taking his mugshot.
It did not take them long to connect the dots, considering the crime scene was recreated in exhausting detail, right down to the trajectory of the bullets and the street vendor who was shot in the head.
Ruben Zarate wanted to rob a muffler shop in Chicago. He entered the store armed with a gun and demanded money. But there was a problem. Most of the money was in the safe, only the manager could open it, and the manager wasn’t in. Ruben decided that he would try again later.
To save himself some time, he left his cell phone number with the store employees.
That way, they could call him when the manager returned.
First, however, the employees called Chicago police.
Police arrived and instructed the employees to call the robber, and Zarate returned to find officers waiting for him. They engaged in a brief shootout, and in the end, Zarate was both shot and arrested.
Zarate broke a basic rule for any crook: Leave nothing behind that can identify you. Even a fingerprint or strand of hair can lead the police to a suspect.
Sometimes, though, the criminal makes it almost too easy for the cops. Such was the case when a Boston robber snatched a woman’s wallet and left behind something that belonged to him, his birth certificate.
The man stole a wallet containing $40 in cash and the victim’s ID. However, during the struggle, he dropped two bags of his own. On the very top of one of them was his birth certificate, identifying him as Zachary Tentoni, a resident of Southington, Connecticut. As if that weren’t enough, the bag also contained a letter from the robber’s mother addressed to him.
Tentoni apparently realized his mistake because when police contacted him, he tried to pretend he was someone else. This was futile. The victim identified him immediately.
Demetrius Robinson wanted to rob a small grocery store late one night.
He needed to pass the time as naturally as possible until he and the clerk were alone, so he decided to fill out a job application.
Not a bad idea, except he left his real name on the application, along with his uncle’s phone number. After he robbed the store, it didn’t take long for police to track him down. He didn’t get the job.
And finally, an Ohio man called his local department and demanded that officers relinquish the marijuana that they ‘stole’ from his wife’s purse during a run in with police the night before, according to Cleveland.com.
The Sharonville Police Department took to Facebook to post the hilarious recorded phone call on Wednesday afternoon.
“After a long weekend of holiday trips and lazy daze spent with all your best buds, we hope your spirits are just as high as ours to return to work today!” the department’s post read.
They were sure to be crafty and managed to weave plenty of witty puns into the post.
“As a result of a recently received complaint, a misconception around the use and possession of marijuana has come to our attention,” the post continued. “We feel that some people may be a bit in the weeds so we would like to take this opportunity to clear the haze.”
According the story, the man, who wasn’t identified but briefly said that his wife was Marylin Manson, told the sergeant on the phone that he wanted the bud back because it was… like… really good weed.
He said that two officers with the department had taken the pot the previous evening.
“I had two cops come here last night and steal my f—ing weed and I want it back,” the man can be heard saying. “It’s only like 4 grams but it was really good f—ing weed. It was only like 4 grams, but it was like prestige f—ing weed.”
He went on to tell the sergeant that what the cops did was wrong, and that Ohio state law allowed him to possess up to 100 grams of marijuana legally for recreational use.
He might want to check the laws again on that one…
“Am I wrong?” he asks. “You are wrong,” the sergeant responds.
He kept going.
“I know I’m right here, don’t try to talk to me like I’m dumb!” the caller says.
He also claims that the officers who confiscated the ‘prestige’ product just stuffed it into their own pockets.
As the call goes on, the unidentified caller continues to try and test the sergeant’s knowledge of the law, yelling about how he knows the law. Eventually, he gets frustrated and hangs up, apparently realizing that he wasn’t going to get his bud back.
Well done, Sharonville Police. We needed the laugh.
“To be blunt, recreational marijuana is still ILLEGAL … per our STATE law. We don’t make the rules, we just took an oath to uphold them,” the post finished.
It’s ridiculous, but well worth the listen.
Check out the recording of the call right here.
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