By Cody Roark
In today’s World’s Dumbest Criminals, two British men from Skegness, Lincolnshire take photos stealing from gambling machines. Daniel Mervin William Hutchinson, 24, and Benjamin James Robinson, 29, were caught when police obtained pictures of them posing for selfies at the scene of the crime.
The absurd couple scoured the United Kingdom breaking into gambling machines and were apprehended in possession of more than a thousand £1 coins in their vehicle. The shameless pair donned balaclavas during the invasions but removed them for their series of selfies. The men refused to halt their white Vauxhall Insignia when prompted by police. They were arrested at about midnight on June 27, 2014, while driving on the A65 at Gargrave, a large village in England.
Detective Chief Inspector Matt Walker, of the North Yorkshire Police, said, “We knew we hit the jackpot when we investigated these lemons.” Authorities found more than a thousand £1 coins in their car, £2,000 in bills, the alleged balaclavas, and a screwdriver.
The pair pleaded guilty at Bradford Crown Court and Robinson was imprisoned for 32 months, while his partner Hutchinson received a six-month sentence, suspended for two years.
DCI Walker noted, “These offenders carried out a string of crimes with no thought for the businesses they were targeting, but ultimately their greed, arrogance, and affinity for ‘selfies’ proved to be their downfall. We’re pleased that our operation to target cross-border criminals continues to disrupt the activities of offenders such as Hutchinson and Robinson,” he continued, “The investigation showed that they were targeting fruit machines around the country. It sends out a clear message that anyone traveling into North Yorkshire to commit a crime will be caught and brought to justice.”
Maybe next time the dynamic duo will think twice before presenting the police with all the evidence they need to bring them in. Hopefully, they’ll think twice before choosing a life of crime above all else! Until next time, this was World’s Dumbest Criminals.