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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX North - San Antonio

A "too dumb to be a criminal" bonehead award goes to Adam Hardeman in Atlanta, GA. Hardeman was part of a cleaning crew hired by a local liquor store. After one week of cleaning the store, Hardeman decided to rob the store. He waited until night, climbed onto the roof, removed an air conditioning unit, and dropped into the store. Once he loaded up with loot, he realized he could not reach the ceiling, and the doors and windows were covered with bars. He was arrested in the morning.


Heather Chavez
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Caldwell, ID
Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235

No escape plan and no plan B.  It would be nice if more criminals were like this.  It would make police work alot easier, wouldn't it?

Mar 17, 2009 04:58 AM
Lynn Kenton
Troop Real Estate Ventura - Ventura, CA
Ventura Real Estate

One of my favorite recent stories was the guy who bought a $14 hammer and proceeded to break a window at the liquor store to steal a $8 bottle of wine. I have many friends in law enforcement. They say "They're not criminals because they're smart". Even Madoff got caught! 

Mar 17, 2009 05:09 AM
Andrew Kearney
Culpeper, VA

Gotta love it when they work out their "brilliant" plan of how to get into the store, just don't quite think far enough ahead to have a plan of getting back out.

Mar 17, 2009 05:12 AM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

What a way to get caught-very brilliant on his part.

Mar 17, 2009 05:32 AM
Libby Cousins
Extraordinary Processing - Spokane, WA
Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA

Way to hatch a plan! Now at least he won't have to worry about a job- you don't really need one in jail!

Mar 17, 2009 06:00 AM
Daniel Parr
Century21 landmark associates - Mount Pleasant, TX

At least he had plenty of refreshments while he was waiting for the cops

Mar 17, 2009 06:03 AM
Kristin Moran
Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397

Nice one!!  What a doofus!!  gotta love a stupid burglar. KM

Mar 17, 2009 06:22 AM
Tom Boos
Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Providing the very best of service to Sellers and

I love stories like this.  Thanks for the post.

Mar 17, 2009 07:28 AM
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

I've heard that one before... but it's still funny!

(I just wrote a blog asking San Antonio agents for title company suggestions, please read it and help!!)

Mar 17, 2009 01:03 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker


This is a funny story.  Most criminals are caught because they do stupid things.

Mar 17, 2009 11:25 PM
Mike Hendren
Mike Hendren Photography - Cloudcroft, NM

Zilkia - I love these "dumb criminal" stories!  It just amazes me some of the things those guys do.

I guess I've done some dumb things, too, though - I was just lucky I wasn't engaged in criminal activity at the time!  :-)

Mar 18, 2009 05:23 AM
Michael Cole
CPG Tours - Corona, CA

Hi Zilkia,

I love these kinds of stories. One of my favorites was one I read, about a lady who witnessed a liquor store hold-up. When on the witness stand in court, she was asked if she saw the men who held up the liquor store, and she said "Yes." She was then asked if she could identify the men, and again she said, "Yes." And when asked if those men were present in the courtroom, before she could answer, both suspects raised their hands. (lol-lol)

Mar 18, 2009 10:03 AM
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy there Zilkia

Now that sure was dum, on his part not to check every thing out. When he was in there cleaning the place. He best not even thing of going to bank holdups.

God Bless America

Mar 19, 2009 02:27 PM