By Trey Rusk
I like a good laugh. Sometimes a seek out dumb criminal stories because folks these people are hilarious.
Last week in Palm Beach, Florida, a man who was down on his luck was hired by a friend to perform labor in and around his business. Shawn Mele', the hired help was also allowed to stay in the business because he had no place to sleep. No good deed goes unpunished.
It turns out that the Mele' was also a drug addict. He must have been needing a fix and decided to rob the business. The business had security cameras. This dumbass is filmed covering the camera lenses with tape. He then proceeds to break a lock off a cabinet and finds a cache of coins. Wait, it gets better.
He takes the coins which unbeknown to this witless wonder are rare to a supermarket coin machine and pours at least $30,000.00 worth of coins into the bin. The machine returns enough money to buy two twelve packs of cheap beer.
That would be bad enough, but he did this several times at different "Coin Star" machines before he figures out that some of the coins look valuable. It turns out he had stolen around $350,000 worth of collectable coins. By the time this moron realizes what he had done, Mele' says he only had around $4000 worth of valuable coins. He took them to a coin dealer and received around $2300.
Well, you guessed it. This mental midget, Mele' gets caught. He tells police that "He was looking for a way out." His way out must have been through taking more drugs because police found seven different kinds of controlled substances (mostly pain killers) in his back pack.
He was arrested for theft of over $100,000.00 and bail was set at $100,000.00.
He made bail. My question is was Shawn Mele' really that dumb? It would take a minimum of $10.000.00 to post bond.
Mele' told the cops that he had poured the majority of the coins down "Coin Star" machines. Thus making the loot pretty hard or impossible to trace.
You do the math. Dumb criminal. Maybe not.
That's the way I see it.