Today's award goes to a hapless shoplifter in Round Lake Beach, IL (north-west of Chicago).
According to Michael Scott, deputy chief of Round Lake Beach police, officers responded at about 3 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a retail theft at the Wal-Mart store located at 2680 N. Route 83.
Upon arrival, Scott said, officers were informed that a man was observed loading electronics into a shopping basket and leaving the store. After employees confronted the suspect, he dropped the items and fled on foot, police said.
Hearn was later located walking by the side of the road, according to police. When asked why he was walking, he responded that his car had been repossessed while he was at the Wal-Mart, police said.
Investigators determined that the repossession company had followed Hearn to Wal-Mart, police said. The car was towed away when he entered the store, giving Hearn the only option of fleeing the scene on foot, police said.
There's more at the link.
Just goes to show: don't buy your getaway car on term payments, otherwise you might end up serving a term yourself!
To make matters worse, the miscreant's first name is Che. Given his namesake, I'd have expected him to use better tactics . . . but the archetypical Che ultimately came up short in that department in Bolivia, so I suppose it's not surprising that his latter-day namesake did likewise in Chicago.