June 26th, 2009


Posted in The Job - General by 200

Andrew Brown could not be classed as a criminal mastermind, by any stretch of the imagination. He can be described as someone with a particularly low moral standard though.

His claim to fame in the annals of Britain’s Dumbest Criminals was to sneak into a church  in Scotland during a service & steal the collection money from the vestry while the congregation were singing hymns.

Police attended when the crime had been discovered (pretty amazing in itself that they managed to get there so soon after the report, maybe things are different in Scotland). All police had to do was follow a trail of dropped coins & ripped open gift envelopes from the church to a nearby park where Brown was sitting with the spoils of his crime.

He was jailed for four months for theft of £296, some of which had already been spent on drugs by the time police arrived.

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  1. Fee says:

    You get the feeling that sooner or later, he’ll qualify for a Darwin Award.

    Maybe the police buzzed round there to prevent the worshippers getting up a lynch mob?

    June 26th, 2009 at 14:43

  2. pc fish thief says:

    I have a colleague who worked until not so long ago with Tayside police in the Perth area. Their Inspectors despised seeing officers inside the police station and would lambast any officer who sat around doing paperwork without strict authorisation. Their crime systems are incredibly simple and are designed to allow for very quick report writing, misper reporting etc.

    My Scottish force allows most stuff to be reported over our airwave whilst we’re still out and about. It generally means there are very few officers inside the station, as they’re all patrolling their respective beats and catching criminals… not matter how stupid they are.

    I probably lose a few hours every two or three weeks to doing actual paperwork and that’s it.

    How weird!

    June 26th, 2009 at 15:02

  3. Boy on a bike says:

    Interesting that he bought his drugs from a Big Issue seller…..

    June 27th, 2009 at 01:26

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