A Guy Tried to Hire a Hacker Off Craigslist to Wipe His Criminal Record, But It’s a Cop
Here’s a little rule of thumb that no one seems to get: Cops have heard of Craigslist. So maybe you shouldn’t use it as a place to find help doing illegal stuff. 27-year-old Zachary Landis of Lancaster, Pennsylvania has racked up a bunch of DUIs, assaults, and more over the past decade. So earlier this year, he went on Craigslist and posted an ad looking for a hacker. He wanted someone to break into the police computers and wipe his record clean. He also wanted the hacker to wipe out the $16,000 he owes in restitution, fines, and court fees. So a “hacker” contacted him, but it was really an undercover cop. Zachary was in court last week, and pleaded guilty to felony counts of computer trespass, unlawful use of a computer, and tampering with public records. He was sentenced to two to four years in prison. Get more here.
A Man Crashed Through a Restaurant Ceiling During a Botched Robbery
30-year-old Justin Grimes had a brilliant plan to rob the Hibachi Grill and Supreme Buffet restaurant in Daytona Beach, Florida on Tuesday. Here’s how the plan was supposed to go. He’d disable the security cameras, go into the bathroom, remove a few ceiling tiles, crawl through the ceiling into an office where the restaurant keeps the money, steal it, and smoothly walk out without anyone knowing he was even there. And at first, everything went right. He was able to disable the cameras, remove the ceiling tiles in the bathroom, and crawl into the ceiling. But that’s when things stopped working. First of all, people heard him moving around above them. So they called the cops. But before the police even showed up, the ceiling buckled under his weight, and he crashed through, right into the dining area. Then some customers held him down until the cops came, and he was arrested for burglary. Get more here.
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