Crime happens to criminals, too
Karma might not be instant,1 but this has to be as close as it gets.
One Sunday morning last summer in Kennewick, Washington, a man called police to report his pickup truck had been stolen. Surveillance video from a nearby business showed a bicyclist riding by the truck, doubling back to take a look, and then driving away in it (after taking the time to properly store his bike in the back, of course). The vehicle's owner, William Kelley, said he left the keys on the seat and returned to his truck just as the thief was driving away.
Some things need to be seen to be believed, so you can watch the surveillance video on the Kennewick Police Department's Facebook page.2
A crime caught on camera is already a perfect fit for an infomercial on dumb criminals, but wait…there's more! The surveillance video shows Kelley returning to his truck from across the street. Just what was he doing there? The police investigated further and determined Kelley was stealing items from another business.
Kelley was booked on a burglary charge that same morning. There's no word on whether his truck was recovered, but I'm left wondering about a more important question and all of the tax implications: How do you properly report the theft loss of a vehicle that's stolen while you're earning income from an illegal activity?
1 John Lennon would disagree (www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLy2SaSQAtA)