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PoliceLink's Best Of: Stupid Criminals

Kevin Powers | PoliceLink

Thieves Leave Cell Phone Behind, Police Call

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PITTSFIELD, MA – The owner of a building supply store is crediting solid police work for finding the culprits who stole dozens of items from his shop last week.

According to Lee Police, Sean Latura, 42, and Ralph M. O’Connell, 56, both of Pittsfield, were drinking at the Bull’s Eye Pub on Railroad Street on the night of May 21. When they left the bar, they allegedly broke into the nearby Dresser Hull Lumber and Building Supply Co. and stole several items.

Owner Richard Shields said when he arrived at work Friday morning, he found a laptop computer on the ground in the parking lot.

“I saw that and said, ‘Uh oh,’” Shields said. “I knew someone had broken in.”

A cell phone was also found. Officer Todd Briggs determined it belonged to O’Connell by searching the list of contacts stored in the phone.

Later that day, Lenox police made a routine traffic stop. Latura and O’Connell were inside.

Police suspected there were drugs in the vehicle, and summoned a state K-9 unit. Lee police were also called to assist, and when officers arrived and learned who was in the vehicle, the men were questioned.

Some of the stolen items were found in the car, police said, and authorities found the rest of the merchandise at Latura’s home on West Housatonic Street. The men were later arrested.

The date of their next court date was not available on Thursday.

Shields said his business has been broken

into about 10 times in the 40 years he’s been running it. The $2,700 worth of goods the two men allegedly stole was the biggest hit to date.

But within 24 hours of the break-in, police had returned 90 percent of the merchandise to Shields, including power tools, paint brushes, garbage cans and two compressors.

“This was just incredible police work,” he said. “The way they used the cell phone, to the traffic stop, to the communication between the departments, it was great. Everything fell into place.”

[The Berkshire Eagle via YellowBrix]

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    HEYSARGE

    over 3 years ago

    16734 Comments

    Perfect!!

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    gcoleman

    over 3 years ago

    2252 Comments

    Bar stool DUI guy and Clear tape mask robber guy are the best> Many funny stupid criminals!

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    HUMILDE

    over 3 years ago

    52 Comments

    lol very funny

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    bluedreamer90

    over 3 years ago

    8 Comments

    haha
    "I'm smooth"
    lol wow you gotta love people

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    Highland2010

    over 3 years ago

    128 Comments

    holy, haha i would love the opportunity to see one of these idiots first hand.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    I loved that tape mask and the beer carton,that was epic. That's creativity.

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    fwpd_anderson

    over 3 years ago

    78 Comments

    Thank God for stupidity. It ensures job security...

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    Glennberg

    over 3 years ago

    150 Comments

    that was awesome....lmao!

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    Ahi

    over 3 years ago

    1990 Comments

    ha ha, there were definitely some good laughs

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    Anonymous

    almost 5 years ago

    Funny!! Also go to Videos, and put in the search engine. "The Love Boat". up will come one of the funniest videos of things that happen to people while boating. It will make you cry, seriously...Enjoy.

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    Anonymous

    almost 5 years ago

    wow! i needed this...made me laugh so hard!

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    Straightshooter

    almost 5 years ago

    1708 Comments

    It seems like there is always a contest between dumb and dumber. This time just plain dumb won.

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    kkeeton

    almost 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    Gives new meaning to the expression "That guy is about as smart as a box of rocks or yes... box of beer." What was he going to do with his plastic "weapon"? Wrap someone to death?

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    Jbrown911

    almost 5 years ago

    112 Comments

    I wonder if he ever got his OJ? haha He needed to be locked up for calling 911 for some mess like that. It people like him who waste our tax dollars.

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    ageorge882002

    almost 5 years ago

    252 Comments

    Does he mean smooth like ex lax? As in SMOOTH MOVE EX-LAX It's obvious that this guy didnt have any brains. Blessing's All... Armlda

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