5. Old School
In 2016, a ‘boy’ by the name of Asher Potts was arrested at Harrisburg High School in Pennsylvania, USA. The ‘boy’ was a model student with a 4.16 GPA and was even a member of the National Honors Society.
The problem was that the ‘boy’ was actually a Ukrainian man.
After 23 year old Artur Samarin lost his US visa, he created a completely new identity and enrolled in high school. It was unclear how Samarin was able to obtain a fake social security card and driver’s licence and actually enroll in high school, however his plan finally unravelled when the police were able to discover his true identity after receiving an anonymous tip.
Samarin was arrested on charges of identity theft, tampering with public records and theft. He then had additional charges laid in relation to an alleged sexual relationship involving a then 15 year old student while he was 22.
4. Dominating the Court
In 2016, another man was arrested for impersonating a high school student. This time it was 29 year old South Sudanese, Jonathan Elia Nicola, who was given a scholarship to attend Catholic Central Secondary School in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Nicola, who was in 11th grade at the time, dominated the court on the high school’s basketball team with his massive 6 foot 9 inch frame.
Nicola’s real age was not discovered until he applied for a US visitor’s visa to play basketball in a school tournament. The Canada Border Services Agency was alerted by US border control when Nicola’s fingerprints matched those of a former failed refugee claimant who had the same name but a different date of birth. The US records showed that his birthday was actually November 1st, 1986 – making the high school basketball star 29 years old!
At his hearing Nicola claimed that he actually didn’t know his real age and that when he asked his mother how old he was, she didn’t know either. It is unclear how the South Sudanese man was able to obtain the scholarship to a Canadian High School or why his real age and identity was not discovered earlier.
3. Going Ape Over a Banana
In 2014, a man drove his station wagon through the locked glass doors of a Citgo gas station in Newington, Connecticut, USA. He took a single banana off the shelf and ate it calmly while standing in the store before driving away.
Police were baffled after reviewing the security footage, saying “ The suspect selected a banana from a shelf, peeled and ate the fruit and then exited the store. No other items were taken during the burglary.”
Despite a thorough investigation, the banana burglar was never caught.
2. Caught Napping on The Job
In 2013, police arrested a burglar who fell asleep on the couch of a home he was robbing.
The homeowner called the cops after walking in to discover 21 year old Domonique Pinkard napping in his home. The police determined that Pinkard and his accomplice, 20 year old Julian Evangelist, broke into the house via the back door and stole several items. Evangelist then allegedly left with a T.V. after he was unable to wake Pinkard from his slumber.
Pinkard told the police that he had been “working hard all day and he just needed to sit down for a moment.” He then apparently dozed off.
Police eventually found several stolen items at Evangelist’s home including electronics and clothing as well as $500 worth of the victim’s jewelry stuffed in Pinkard’s pockets.
They where both sent to jail on charges of burglary and grand theft.
1. ‘Til Death Do Us Part
In 2007, a man named Anthony Miller robbed a bank in Pennsylvania. During the robbery the tellers noticed that Miller was very calm and didn’t threaten anybody during the heist. He also kept asking if the police had been called and waited around for them to arrive.
When the police arrived Miller did not put up a fight and he went with them willingly.
Turns out that Miller wanted to get arrested to get away from his wife! According to him, she was controlling and abusive and threatened to commit suicide every time he tried to leave her.
Miller got his wish and was sentenced to 3 to 6 years in jail for his crime. The couple divorced shortly after.