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    Default Doesn't take a genius to be a criminal...

    Further proof that common sense is not common. And luckily, one less criminal instead of one less law-abiding homeowner.

    Man posing as utility worker fatally shot in county

    Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

    A man pretending to be a utility worker was fatally shot overnight during an apparent home invasion robbery attempt in northwest Harris County, authorities said.

    The suspect, who has not been identified, was killed about 1 a.m. while struggling with the homeowner in the 3300 block of Breckenridge.

    He was wearing what appeared to be a CenterPoint Energy uniform when he knocked on the door, warning of a gas leak, officials said.

    "The homeowner thought that something was amiss because apparently nobody in the area has gas,'' Harris County Sheriff's Lt. John Martin said.

    The homeowner grabbed a pistol and went through the garage door, where he encountered the phony utility worker and least two other people.

    "One of the suspects jumped him and there was a brief struggle,'' Martin said.

    The homeowner was shot once in the arm but was able to return fire, fatally striking the man in the uniform. The other suspects fled in what appeared to be a Chevrolet Tahoe or GMC Denali, authorities said.

    Investigators don't believe the man was a legitimate CenterPoint worker. He was wearing a badge that identified himself as a restaurant employee. They also found a pair of handcuffs inside a tool kit he was carrying.

    "It was clear he was intent on doing some kind of robbery or home invasion,'' Martin said.

    The wounded homeowner was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital with non life-threatening injuries, officials said.

    The incident remains under investigation.


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    Fortunately this idiot may be nominated for a Darwin award.
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    I think Mobile, AL has a candidate that may give the thief a run for his money in the Darwin contest:

    Apparent meth fire kills man
    Wednesday, June 21, 2006

    A Theodore man burned to death early Tuesday when the methamphetamine lab he was operating in a locked Tillman's Corner self-storage unit apparently exploded and he could not escape, authorities said.

    The man's former wife told investigators she had locked him inside so that he could cook meth, Mobile Fire-Rescue spokesman Steve Huffman said in a news release.

    Officer Eric Gallichant, a Mobile police spokesman, identified the victim as Stephen Graham, 29, of Theodore

    Huffman identified the former wife as Kristy Graham. Mobile County court records show that the couple married in April 2003.

    "According to a statement from the victim's ex-wife, she locked him in the storage unit shortly after midnight so he could produce meth," the fire department spokesman said. "Apparently the lab ignited, starting the fire and killing the victim."

    Gallichant said Tuesday that Kristy Graham had not been charged with a crime. The case likely will be sent to a grand jury, he said.

    Nicki Patterson, Mobile County chief assistant district attorney, said that her office will work closely with the Police Department on the case.

    If Kristy Graham is in any way connected to the man's death or the meth lab, "certainly we will pursue it," Patterson said.

    Huffman said a passerby reported the fire shortly after 2 a.m. at Delta Self Storage in the 5500 block of Schillinger Road, just south of Three Notch Road.

    "Firefighters were hampered from fighting the fire because each unit is individually locked," Huffman said. "As firefighters began to cut locks and cut through the doors on each unit, they discovered a badly burned body ... near the area of the fire origin.

    "It appeared the victim was attempting to escape, but was unable due to the fact the unit was locked from the outside."

    Scott Soulant, 43, one of the four owners of the self-storage business, said Tuesday that 29 of the business' 267 units were damaged by fire or smoke.

    A damage estimate had not been determined as of Tuesday, Huffman said.

    Soulant said renters are not allowed to store flammable or toxic substances, and certainly no illegal substances, in the units.

    A metal fence surrounds the lighted property and to enter a renter must punch in numbers on a keypad at the main gate.

    The unit in which Stephen Graham's body was found was badly damaged by fire, Soulant said.

    He said he and his partners own another self-storage business in New Orleans and one in Baton Rouge.

    Soulant said this is the first time that one of the storage units he owns has been damaged by fire. He has been in the business since 1993 and the Mobile County business had been operating for three years.

    "It's unbelievable," Soulant said of the fire. "I had no idea that kind of thing could be happening. It caught me totally by surprise."

    He said he had been on the telephone all day talking to renters worried about their storage units.

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    Let's see, we're going to let our ex-wife lock us in a smart compartment with highly flammable items. Yep, that's a Darwin award finalist for sure. My story the guy got killed, didn't kill himself so I think he's out of the running for one. Oh well, no 15 minutes of fame for him.

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    Default Darwins

    I still feel the best one was the bank robber. The guy goes into Bank A, takes a deposit slip, writes the note and then proceeds to Bank B across the street. He hands the note to the teller. The teller advises that she can't accept the note because it wasn't written on Bank B's slip and that he'll have to go to Bank A for his withdrawal request. And, of course, he did...
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    Does anyone see the t-shirt that says “I’m with stupid” on one of those two.
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