Criminals don’t always get what they bargain for. Here we present a collection of tales regarding thieves who found their stolen loot wasn’t quite what they expected it to be.




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Thief steals shopping bag containing dead cat.*


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Clever people enticed thieves into “stealing” their trash during garbage strikes by gift-wrapping it.


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Thieves make off with a suitcase, only to find it contains a
wildcat.*


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Officer worker raiding lunchroom refrigerator inadvertently steals lactating mom’s
breast milk.*


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Would-be gasoline thief gets a mouthful he’ll never forget when he
siphons the wrong tank on an RV.*


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Auto thieves inadvertently steal body of dead
grandmother along with family’s car.*


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Burglars mistake
cremains for cocaine.*


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Canadian cops stop malfunctioning car, American occupants assume “about to be frisked” position.


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Mistaken belief that car radios in Fords contain chips that pick up satellite TV spurs car vandals.


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Mafia neighbor helps crime victims by effecting return of stolen goods.

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