Found Him: This Has To Be THE Dumbest Criminal

from the sharing-is-caring dept

In our ongoing coverage of the crossroads of technology and stupid criminals, we've seen quite a bit of dumb, ranging from really stupid to the kind of stupid that is so painful one wonders how faith in humanity persists. I now submit to you that we've found the purist expression of stupidity in a criminal known to man.

Meet Anthony Lescowitch, 35, and apparent testimony personified to our failing educational system. Anthony was wanted by police in Freeland (heh), PA, where police helpfully engaged their community by submitting a wanted photo of our criminal and a public BOLO (be on the lookout) on their Facebook page. After all, you never know what helpful citizen will assist law enforcement by sharing that status update with their friends, widening the net for a criminal on the run. Hell, sometimes it's that very criminal who so assists LEOs, as Anthony proved by sharing the status on Facebook.

Lescowitch shared the wanted bulletin minutes after Freeland police posted it on the department Facebook page Monday night, authorities said. He was being sought on assault-related charges.
It takes a lot of cajones for a criminal to share a post seeking his own incarceration and you would think anyone willing to do so would possess a keen criminal mega-mind to rely on so as not to get caught. Anthony does not possess a keen criminal mega-mind. In fact, given his subsequent actions, one wonders whether he possesses basic mental faculties at all.
An officer pretending to be an attractive woman then messaged Lescowitch, according to police. Lescowitch refused the offer of a drink but eventually agreed to meet for a cigarette, and was arrested at the agreed-upon location. After the arrest, police posted this message: "CAPTURED!!!!!! SHARES OUR STATUS ON FACEBOOK ABOUT HIMSELF, CAPTURED 45 MINUTES LATER."
If it took cajones to share the post, it takes some massive combination of hubris and years spent living under power lines to then meet up with a suddenly appearing attractive woman for a smoke. That his capture was then announced via the department's Facebook account only completes the circle of fun. I only wish Anthony had the capability to share the news of his own arrest from prison.



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    That One Guy (profile), Feb 11th, 2014 @ 6:13pm

    I hope they gave him access to a computer after they arrested him, you know he'd share the 'Captured!' post as well as soon as he saw it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 11th, 2014 @ 8:00pm

    "Cajones" = drawers.

     

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    Capitalist Lion Tamer (profile), Feb 11th, 2014 @ 8:01pm

    Don't knock Freeland.

     

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    ysth (profile), Feb 11th, 2014 @ 8:49pm

    Where's the CFAA when you need it?

    Did the officer (pretending to be attractive, or pretending to be a woman, one can't help but wonder) violate Facebook's TOS in their effort at pretense? Lock 'em up!

     

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    Angel (profile), Feb 11th, 2014 @ 8:49pm

    I'll just quote my Dad "There are no smart criminals in jail, because the smart ones don't get caught"...lol

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 11th, 2014 @ 9:38pm

    I would have loved to be at Freeland PD when this guy shared the article about himself just to see the cops reaction to it. I can just imagine them all behind a computer laughing their asses off as they chat with him and goad him into meeting up for a smoke.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 11th, 2014 @ 9:47pm

    You could say it was...

    *sunglasses*

    From BOLO to YOLO.

     

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    paean, Feb 11th, 2014 @ 10:04pm

    Liking the police story isn't what got him captured. The police messaged him on Facebook and lured him to a place where they captured him. They can do that with anybody they're looking for. It really doesn't say anything good about the Freeland police that they had to wait for this guy to get in touch with them before they tried to track him down on Facebook.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 11th, 2014 @ 10:12pm

    Who wrote this article a 15 yr old? How the f*^k did you get a job writing anything more than the list of ingredients on gum wrappers?

     

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    Arthur Moore (profile), Feb 11th, 2014 @ 10:41pm

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    No, but it was still really stupid. Plus, this guy violated rule #1 of the internet. If a stranger says they want to meet online it's a trap.*

    Hell, using an account tied to you as someone wanted by the police is dumb to begin with. Even without trying to track the IP address, most browsers offer "location services" which are accurate enough to tell what building you're in.

    *That's what they taught me in school at least, right along with the D.A.R.E. program. Might explain part of the problem online dating sites have had in the past.

     

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    ECA (profile), Feb 11th, 2014 @ 10:54pm

    i STILL LIKE THIS ONE BETTER.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 11th, 2014 @ 11:35pm

    Re: Where's the CFAA when you need it?

    ^

     

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    Just Sayin', Feb 12th, 2014 @ 12:25am

    wait..

    I thought Marcus Carab lived in Canada. Is he moonlighting?

     

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    Ole Juul (profile), Feb 12th, 2014 @ 12:26am

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    I don't know about the person's age, but it's someone who uses Facebook.

     

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    silverscarcat (profile), Feb 12th, 2014 @ 1:37am

    Re: Re:

    Actually, that's rule 2, rule 1 is never give out your personal information.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 12th, 2014 @ 2:10am

    You keep using that word...

    The word you're looking for is "cojones", not "cajones". Cajones is drawers.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 12th, 2014 @ 2:26am

    Re: Re: Re:

    And who attempts override rule number 1 in furtherance of $$$ (& as a concession to law enforcement)? Google+, FaceBook, etc.

    Why are you a member of such services? Because you're a masochistic imbecile.

    [F]ace
    [B]ook
    [I]ncorporated

    Can they make it any more obvious to your ass?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 12th, 2014 @ 3:04am

    Re:

    Hey, Mr. Geigner embodies the best youthful elan in conjunction with the best adult cynicism! (and he has a funny avatar, to top it off!)

     

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    Kenpachi (profile), Feb 12th, 2014 @ 4:01am

    Please edit the article on those two typos

    Cajones = drawers or more loosely it could pass as just boxes.

    Cojones = balls, courage, valor.

     

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    jd2112 (profile), Feb 12th, 2014 @ 5:55am

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    Smart criminals open a bank rather than trying to rob one.

     

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    DannyB (profile), Feb 12th, 2014 @ 7:06am

    Re: Where's the CFAA when you need it?

    > Lock 'em up!

    Yep. Didn't the DOJ persecute Aaron Swartz for a crime of similar magnitude? Violating a TOS. Downloading publicly available information in large quantities. Leaving a computer in a publicly accessible location.

     

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    DannyB (profile), Feb 12th, 2014 @ 7:07am

    Re: Re:

    Smart thugs and bullies become police officers.

     

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    madasahatter (profile), Feb 12th, 2014 @ 7:21am

    Not quite Darwin Award

    This guy is quite at the Darwin Award for stupidity. But his mental faculties are very, very limited and pushing Darwin Award levels of stupidity.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 12th, 2014 @ 7:50am

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    "There are no smart criminals in jail" because they're all in Washington D.C.

     

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    Pragmatic, Feb 12th, 2014 @ 8:30am

    I now submit to you that we've found the "purest" expression of stupidity in a criminal known to man.


    FIFY

    Thanks for the laugh, Tim. About the criminal, I mean.

     

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    AricTheRed (profile), Feb 12th, 2014 @ 9:20am

    And this is a great example of why I don't use facebook!

    My unwillingness to create a facebook account prevents me from doing/saying monumentally stupid things on the internets, except here of course...

     

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    Derek Kerton (profile), Feb 12th, 2014 @ 9:22am

    Re: Please edit the article on those two typos

    and purist to purest, too

     

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    Michael, Feb 12th, 2014 @ 9:47am

    Re: Re: Re:

    I thought rule #1 of the internet was "don't talk about the internet"

     

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    Michael, Feb 12th, 2014 @ 9:48am

    Re: i STILL LIKE THIS ONE BETTER.

    How better to train people to be suicide bombers than showing them up-close?

     

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    Mason Wheeler (profile), Feb 12th, 2014 @ 10:16am

    Re: Re:

    A criminal is a person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
    -- Howard Scott

     

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    Anonymous, Feb 12th, 2014 @ 4:53pm

    I have no faith in humanity.

     

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    Anonymous, Feb 12th, 2014 @ 4:59pm

    Re:

    BOLO = Be on the lookout? Wouldn't that be BOTL? Or was that one already taken?

     

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    btrussell (profile), Feb 13th, 2014 @ 12:30am

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    You only live once so you may as well be behind bars?

    Gimme your sunglasses.

     

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    btrussell (profile), Feb 13th, 2014 @ 12:38am

    Re: wait..

    People that stupid don't know enough to come in out of the cold so we shipped them all south. It worked well for your parents, not so good for the rest of us.

     

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    anonymous coward, Feb 13th, 2014 @ 10:48am

    Dang Tim, you really let yourself go with this one.

    "cajones" "purist" etc.

    Also it's inappropriate to suggest that this guy is anything but innocent until proven guilty, y'know?

     

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    Anonymous, Feb 13th, 2014 @ 3:21pm

    Re: Re:

    Corey Hart borrowed them. He likes to wear them at night.

     

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    The Wanderer (profile), Feb 26th, 2014 @ 12:07pm

    Re: Re: i STILL LIKE THIS ONE BETTER.

    Reminds me of "The Queen's Own McKamikaze Highlanders"...

     

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    dawn, Mar 29th, 2014 @ 8:12am

    Some people are so stupid.

    I bet when the people read the post that the police put on their Facebook page later they were laughing! What a way to encriminate yourself. Wow.

     

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