TODAY'S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .
Gary Haines, 59, of Stafford, Virginia, who stole a 6x12 trailer from a home at a very inopportune time. As Haines was looking inside the home's windows and attaching the trailer to his truck, the owner of the home, David Zehtner, was flying overhead in his personal airplane. Zehtner was flying to North Carolina when he decided to fly over his house in Virginia and saw Haines on his property trying to steal his trailer. Zehtner followed Haines and alerted authorities, who stopped Haines and arrested him for Grand Theft.
AND THEN THERE'S .....
Zachariah Dalton Howard, 22, who walked into a Niceville, Florida, convenience store attempting to rob it, but when he found out there was no cash in the drawer walked over to a nearby Winn Dixie and called his mom for a ride home. Howard told lawmen later that he did not originally intend to rob the convenience store, but decided to while walking there. Howard tried to rob the store by telling the clerk he had a gun, but left when he saw that the cash drawers were empty. Then he called his mom for a ride home.
OKAY, ONE MORE .....
Donald Blood III, 55, of Marlboro, Massachusetts, who is facing drunk driving charges after getting caught driving drunk on the lawn of an historic house. Blood's real genius comes in here: the house was historic because it was the birthplace of Alcoholics Anonymous cofounder Bill Wilson. The web site for the Wilson House describes it as "a place of sanctuary where people can come to give thanks to God for their new lives."
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