There are a lot of criminals in the world, and most of them aren’t very smart. However, there are not-smart criminals, and there are straight-up dumb criminals, and three dudes from Riverton, Wyoming, have officially been declared dumb. While at the home of an acquaintance, the three accused thieves saw some stuff they wanted in their friend’s living room. When the man excused himself, the three thieves struck and fled the house. There was one problem: snow. Police followed three criminals’ tracks in the snow right to their hideout.
“At some point the owner of the house said, ‘Just wait here, I have to go to the back of the house for a minute to get something.’ As soon as he leaves the room, these guys steal four or five swords and other things and go taking off out the front door,” said Captain Eric Murphy of the Riverton Police Department in the Riverton Ranger. “We followed the footprints in the snow right to their house. The officers arrived just as these guys were digging through their newly acquired stolen property.”
The three men, all 21 or 22, are Mark Larvie, David Lain, and Zachary Bellinger, who took off with a collection of swords between 3 and 5 feet long, among other stolen goodies. The three were charged with larceny, possession of stolen property, and possession of marijuana. No doubt police are thankful for the snow that fell on Monday, making tracking perhaps too easy.
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