It seems that COVID has, for one reason or another, resulted in fewer dumb criminals doing stupid things, so here’s one from the archives:
If you’re ever trapped in a closet on New Year’s Eve, try the door handle. If that doesn’t work, call 911.
From the Orlando Sentinel: Daytona Beach, Florida (of course), December 31, 3014:
A man and a woman thought they were trapped in a Daytona State College closet for two days until police let them out Tuesday – and found out the two could have opened the door themselves.
The couple claimed they were chased into the closet on Sunday, Daytona Beach police said.
After two days in a Marine and Environmental Science Center janitor’s closet, where police found human feces and copper scouring pads (sometimes used to smoke crack), the man called 911 from his cell phone, police said.
Officers tracked his phone’s location and let the couple out. It unclear to authorities why they didn’t call 911 until Tuesday.
A police officer, trying to figure out how the two could have gotten locked in, went into the closet and closed the door, police said. The door did not lock.
Officers did not find drugs in the closet, police said.
The couple were charged with trespassing. The woman was also charged with violating her probation, which she was given after resisting arrest in 2013.
the man’s criminal record includes five prior jail sentences in Florida since 2000 for offenses including armed burglary, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana, and fleeing law enforcement.
Thanks to KorteLaw Krimestopper Andrew Greaves for suggesting this post!
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