By Seth Gold
We see a lot of stuff here at American Jewelry and Loan and obviously, you get to see a lot of it too, now that Hardcore Pawn is on the air. But what still amazes us, even after all this time, is when people try to sell us stuff that doesn’t belong to them and they think they’re not going to get caught….particularly when they’re wearing a GPS tether! Note to criminals: the cops kind of know where you are!
So a few weeks ago, a guy comes in to sell us a couple guitars and amps. We see a lot of musicians that need a little help between gigs, so it didn’t strike us as anything unusual. We gave him a loan and he was on his way. Now he’s on his way back to jail………for 10 to 15 years.
The cops called to tell us they’d been monitoring this guy (that’s why they call it a tether!) and they noticed that he’d spent about twenty minutes at a home, that happened to have been burglarized that same day. He then made his way to our store, where he spent just enough time to sell us what he had stolen.
Really? You’re wearing a tether, because you’re out on parole after serving time for breaking and entering — and you don’t think anyone is going to pick up on that pattern?
The good news is, there’s one less dumb criminal out on the street. And we were happy to return the guitars and amps to their rightful owner.
We’ll keep your “World’s Dumbest Criminal” trophy here at the store for you. Unless of course, someone dumber comes along before you get out of jail.
First Runner Up:
The guy who brought in a laptop clearly marked with a school system name on it. Last we heard, they weren’t selling those retail. We confiscated the computer, called the cops and guess what they found when they went to his home? Eight more laptops from the same school system — where he was employed. Guess he won’t be needing that job for awhile anyway.
And finally, an Honorable Mention goes to:
The contractor that brought in two saxophones and a trumpet. He told us that he was overseeing the closing of a school and the principal told him, “to just throw out the instruments”. If that were true, we’d have to start giving out “World’s Dumbest Principal” awards……but we think we’re safe sticking with the criminals. We made a call, put the instruments back into the hands of some young musicians and got yet another dumb criminal off the street.
Really guys……..do you think you should be bringing stolen stuff to a pawn shop with a television show? It’s kind of like walking into the studios of America’s Most Wanted and saying, “Look what I did!”
Do you have a “World’s Dumbest Criminal” story? Post it here in the comments section and maybe we’ll send you our trophy!