From Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Preston Davis was in need of some cash. So he did what many 24-year-olds would do. He asked Grandma. It was how he went about it that got him into trouble. Instead of just calling and asking, he set up an elaborate scheme. He sent photos to his grandmother showing injuries that he said had been inflicted on him by kidnappers. He then told her that they wanted $1000 for his “safe return.” Granny wasn’t so easily fooled and called the cops instead of reaching for her purse. Noticing there was no sign of the “kidnappers” in the video, police officers did some investigating and tracked down Preston, determining the whole thing was a hoax. He’s charged with first degree extortion.
From Shanghai, China, here is a classic case of high tech versus low tech. Low tech won, but the victory was short lived. This particular criminal was frustrated when he waited for what he thought was an excessively long time at a red light. So, he reached into his hip pocket, pulled out his trusty sling shot and shattered the CCTV camera monitoring the intersection. It was a direct hit and the camera lens was shattered, but not before a good image of his car and license plate was captured. Oops. He’s under arrest.
A Dutch woman approaching her 100th birthday persuaded local police to "arrest" her to fulfill an item on her bucket list.
Police said the woman, Annie, told police she is nearly 100 years old and has never been arrested, but always wanted to know what it was like to "experience a police cell from within."