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The Juice does not think he’s brilliant, which means, of course, that he is! Flipping the script, this gent was so confident he was smarter than the cops that he actually taunted them on Facebook. Guess how that ended up? Per The Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania):

The Freeland Police Department posted a photo of [Anthony James] Lescowitch at 9:19 p.m. Monday, noting that Lescowitch, 35, was wanted for aggravated assault and numerous other charges. The post asked that anyone knowing Lescowitch’s whereabouts to call police at 570-636-0111 or 911.

It turns out that the person who responded is the only one who ALWAYS knows where Lescowitch is – Lescowitch!

Less than two hours later, Freeland police posted another photo of Lescowitch, this time with the caption: “CAPTURED!!!!!! SHARES OUR STATUS ON FACEBOOK ABOUT HIMSELF, CAPTURED 45 MINUTES LATER.”

So how did they bust him so quickly?

Police said they noticed that Lescowitch shared their post about him on his Facebook page minutes after they posted it on theirs, and that he taunted police in his post as well. So, undercover officers used a Facebook profile of a fictitious attractive woman to engage in online conversation with Lescowitch through Facebook, pretending to be interested in meeting him.

Lescowitch initially declined an offer to meet for a drink, but when an officer asked him where he was and said, “The least you can do is come out and have a cigarette with me,” Lescowitch agreed, police said.

Sure enough, when undercover officers pulled up in a car at the location he specified, Lescowitch came out and was promptly arrested.

Bam!

Freeland police said they wanted Lescowitch for an assault back in the summer, and he had been ducking them since the fall. He was also wanted by Luzerne County Probation.

Here’s the source, including a photo of Mr.Lescowitch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Many, many kids ignore it, but they know that when they put something on Facebook, it’s out there.  At least the kids have an excuse: they’re kids! But what about these gents? As reported by TCPalm.com

FWC [Fish and Wildlife Conservation] officers linked Darella and Roberts to the dead alligators by obtaining a search warrant to look at information they posted on Facebook, Johnson said. Officers found several photographs and posts connecting Darella and Roberts to taking alligators, hogs and other wildlife illegally.

Doh! You can read a lot more about this here.

 

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Of course prison is really, really bad. So what could be worse? Well … as reported by wdrb.com (Loiusville, Kentucky):

An inmate realizes he picked the wrong night to escape from prison.

Officials say 42-year-old Robert Vick turned himself in after escaping from a facility in Lexington on Sunday.

Why would he do that?

As temperatures dipped into the single digits yesterday, officials say Vick walked into a motel and asked the clerk to call police so he could escape the frigid air.

Vick was checked out by paramedics before returning to prison.

Officials say he would have been only wearing prison-issued khaki pants, a shirt and jacket when he escaped in the cold.

Oops.  Here’s the source, including Mr. Vick’s mug shot.

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Regular readers know that The Juice is a personal injury lawyer. During the course of his career, he has had several cases with the same key fact as this one, brought to you via the Hunterdon County Democrat (New Jersey).

A Pittstown man was charged with numerous offenses after a hit-and-run accident reported Dec. 27, at approximately 8:15 a.m. Patrolman Sean Ross was dispatched to Riverbend Road in the area of Moebus Place for a report of property damage. He found damage to a front lawn, a mailbox and bushes.

Unfortunately for the scofflaw, that’s not all the victim found.

The homeowner also provided Ross with a New Jersey license plate that was found among the damage. The license plate returned to a black 1992 Ford Mustang. Officers soon located the vehicle, which contained obvious damage, at a nearby residence. Ross thereafter charged Cody Papa, 21, with numerous motor vehicle violations, including reckless driving, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash, and failure to report a crash.

Doh! Here’s the source.

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The Juice often blogs about the misuse of Tasers by the police, but not this time. No, this time the use appears to have been justified – it’s just that the officer’s aim was abysmal! As reported by The Orlando Sentinel:

An unusual injury followed a confrontation in downtown Orlando last month when police tried to disarm a man outside One Eyed Jack’s sports bar, records show.

Rather than shoot Travis James Rodriguez for not dropping a Glock pistol on Dec. 8, a police officer used an electronic stun gun that delivers 50,000 volts through prongs tethered by tiny wires. One prong punctured Rodriguez’s right eyeball as the Taser automatically discharged a five-second shock, according to Orlando police.

Of course the bar was called One Eyed Jack’s.

“Rodriguez had removed the gun from his waistband and was holding it up at chest level, parallel to his body,” Officer Jason Portilla wrote of why he triggered his stun gun. “As a result of Rodriguez turning his body…one of the Taser prongs struck Rodriguez in the right eye. The other Taser prong struck …his left side.”

Rodriguez, 22, was admitted afterwards to Orlando Regional Medical Center for an undisclosed period of treatment. He was charged with carrying a concealed firearm and resisting arrest.

Rodriguez gave police a false address and could not be reached Friday. The incident report was recently released after a request by the Orlando Sentinel.

You’ll find the source, including a mug shot, here.

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It can’t be said with certainty what this woman was up to, but it’s gotta be “probably plus.” As reported by brooklynpaper.com, from the 76th Precinct (Carroll Gardens-Cobble Hill–Red Hook):

Cops cuffed a woman who they say was sleeping in an apartment building stairway with a knife, pills, and some tools on her person on Bond Street on Dec. 3. Officers stated they found the 47-year-old woman passed out on the staircase in the complex near and Hoyt Street at 5:25 am.

When she awoke, they noticed that she had a knife on her belt and a few loose pills out in the open, cops said. Further inspection revealed a pry bar and wire cutters, according to a police report.

Hmm. A pry bar. Wire cutters …

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The Juice was going to give the perp the benefit of the doubt on this – like maybe he didn’t know it was a cop’s car – but then he read the rest of the article. Poof! went the benefit of the doubt. As reported by tcpalm.com:

Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a suspect in a burglary to an off-duty deputy’s personal vehicle, according to a news release.

So, you’re thinking, maybe he didn’t know it was a cop’s car. Well …

The vehicle was burglarized Thursday while the off-duty deputy was at the beach at Inlet State Park, according to the release. His department identification, badge and off-duty handgun were stolen, along with his wallet and credit cards.

So, not only did he know, but …

The credit cards were used at the Publix in the Taylor creek Commons Plaza soon after the burglary, according to the release. The suspect was seen wearing a black t-shirt and pushing a shopping cart.

He used the credit cards! Enjoy your freedom, perp. It won’t last. Here’s the source.

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Every trip is better when the seat next to you is open, whether you’re on a plane, a bus, or, as in this case, a train. Why was this gent a bad draw as a seatmate? Well, as reported atbrevardtimes.com:

 A 33-year-old Florida man was charged Tuesday with lewd or lascivious exhibition for masturbating in plain view on a passenger train. The defendant, Daniel Michael of Marathon, FL, is accused of exposing himself in front of a young child during the incident.

Yikes.

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Amtrak station just west of DeLand Tuesday morning after the conductor reported the alleged incident to Amtrak authorities. An Amtrak agent called the Sheriff’s Office, saying the train was due in the station in just a few minutes.

When deputies got to the station at 9:16 a.m., the train had arrived and they talked to a passenger in the coach section who alleged that while he was trying to sleep, Michael was masturbating in the seat next to him. The witness said Michael then got up while still exposed and walked down the aisle to the bathroom to finish the act, passing by a small child along the way who appeared to be around 3-years-old.

Think Mr. Michael had an explanation for this? Yup.

According to deputies, Michael’s explanation was that his covers were moving back and forth because his stomach was itchy.  Deputies say that he later acknowledged to them that he might have accidentally ejaculated on the bathroom floor.

An accidental erection followed by accidental ejaculation? Really?

Michael was arrested for lewd or lascivious exhibition in the presence of a victim under the age of 16 and transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach.

You’ll find the source, including a mug shot, here.

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This may sound crazy, but when you make a call on your cell phone, there’s a record of it.  And that record can come back to bite you in the arse, as may very well happen to this New Hampshire man. As reported by The New Hampshire Union Leader:

An alleged serial burglar who prosecutors say called his victims to see if they were home testified that he had nothing to do with breaking into seven homes in Rockingham County.

Joshua Fowler, 34, formerly of Sandown and Derry, is on trial for playing a role in the break-ins that happened at homes in Derry, Londonderry and Hampstead between October 2009 and March 2010.

He is accused of either burglarizing the homes on his own, or working as an accomplice. Prosecutors said Wednesday that a key piece of evidence against Fowler was his cell phone calls made to the targeted homes prior to the break-ins.

“It’s a classic circumstantial case,” Assistant County Attorney Jerome Blanchard told a judge Wednesday.

Seems like pretty strong circumstantial evidence.  So what was Mr. Fowler’s explanation?

…  sometimes, he told jurors, he did loan one of his cell phones to a friend, which was later connected to the break-ins.

Wow. That is an incredible series of coincidences, what with there being seven burglaries over six months! But there was other evidence presented.

Homeowners and police were called to testify about the stolen merchandise, which included jewelry, a Macintosh laptop computer and a LCD flat screen television.

Blanchard confronted Fowler about the phone calls made to the homes on his cell phone, and trips to pawn shops that Fowler made that year.

Okay. How about that?

Fowler testified that two valuables he sold — a Claddagh ring and a bar of silver — were not stolen but were given to him by his parents.

Blanchard confronted Fowler citing the testimony of homeowners who claimed the valuables belonged to them.

“Anyone can claim anything,” Fowler said. “I don’t see no serial numbers on them.”

The Juice isn’t there. And he is also skeptical of pretty much all reporting. But if this is a fair summary of the proceedings, it’s not looking too good for Mr. Fowler. You’ll find the source here, including a photo from the trial.

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Exactly how did this burglar get busted by a cucumber? Here’s how, as reported by The Hull Daily Mail:

A dozy burglar was caught by police after having a bite out of a cucumber.

Got it yet?

Billy Donnelly, from Bransholme, Hull was caught after leaving DNA at the scene on a cucumber he had taken a bite from.

Doh! Curse you DNA! Even the Judge noted the unusual nature of this case.

The honorary Recorder of Hull and the East Riding, Judge Michael Mettyear, declared in disbelief: “He was caught by a cucumber.”

You can read a lot more about the case and see Mr. Donnelly’s mug shot here.