While there have been some very impressive instances of major heists and large-scale crimes being pulled off over the years, most of the time, criminals tend not to come off as the most intelligent of people. In fact, there's a long and storied history of criminals choosing some pretty stupid means of trying to evade the law.
Whether it's terrible excuses for why they did what they did, impossible alibis to explain where they were at the time of the offense, or best of all, trying to run when they have no chance in Hell of getting away from the cops, these criminals provide for some pretty entertaining escapades, especially when they inevitably show up on an episode of Cops.
However, this most recent story has to take the cake. A man broke into the house of someone he was warned to stay away from, and when police caught him, they found him hiding in possibly the worst place he could have tried to hide: still in the house that he had broken into.
"Christopher McCarthy (29), of no fixed abode but with an address at Ashbury, Roscrea, Co Tipperary, was described as a “homeless traveller” and one of 18 children with a long standing alcohol problem and 133 previous convictions. He had pleaded guilty at Nenagh Circuit Criminal Court to criminal damage and obstruction of a garda at the home of a Mr Cole, Grove Villas in Roscrea and was jailed for five years. He had broken into the same injured party's home on two previous occasions in May 2013."
McCarthy had appealed the sentence in 2016 and was ordered to stay away from Mr. Cole's house for a period of 12 months, but apparently that wasn't possible for him to do, as he was found back in the house last April. Moreover, he was found hiding behind a cardboard box in the house, believing that would keep him hidden from police.
His suspended sentence has now been activated in full.