Last weekend, as snow blanketed much of Oklahoma, two suspected burglars made their way through an Oklahoma City neighborhood, entering several homes and taking items including food and a bicycle. Because of the falling snow, investigators were able to quite literally retrace the suspects' footsteps, finding a trail of burglarized homes. Police were called in response to reports of people ringing doorbells in the neighborhood during the snowstorm. When they arrived, they discovered Coleton Zamola, 23, walking in the road. Zamola told police that his friend, 23-year-old Rocky Roark, was trying to find a garage to enter to get out of the storm. When an officer found Roark, the man fled. The officer followed his footprints in the snow to discover a burglarized truck, a home from which food had been stolen, a stolen bicycle, and the home from which the bicycle had been stolen. Clearly, Zamola and Roark were not Boy Scouts, who are taught early to Leave No Trace. "Criminal masterminds" are rare, but their opposites, the criminally stupid, seem to be in great supply. A recent People magazine article listed "The Dumbest Criminals of 2013." Included in the list are the following failed criminals:
- A woman who provided a stolen ID to a waitress--and the ID belonged to the waitress,
- A man who mugged a woman, dropping his birth certificate and a letter from his mother at the scene,
- A guy who punched a uniformed police officer, thinking that the cop's uniform was a Halloween costume,
- And the several criminals who pocket-dialed 9-1-1 while committing a crime, including the man who butt-dialed his intended victim while discussing the murder plot with a hit man.