Fake boobs, a shocking X-ray and snared by a piece of ham

It didn’t take Sherlock Holmes to catch these numpties. From the arsonist who set himself on fire to the peckish burglar who left his DNA on a piece of ham… they’re some of Manchester’s most bungling criminals. And, while the effect of their crimes on the community are anything but funny – their attempts to get away with it can be downright comical.

A good disguise is a crucial part of any armed robber’s kit.

But whether a man wearing fake boobs and a dress is a good disguise is another matter. But that’s what one armed robber, whose accomplice was wearing a more traditionally Manc outfit of a tracky, was sporting when the pair robbed a newsagents in south Manchester last month. Police are still hunting for the pair.

Fake boobs, a shocking X-ray and snared by a piece of hamA robbery gang wore burkas to carry out a string of raids

For a while, dressing in burkas worked for one robbery gang.

They netted GBP100,000 of jewels and GBP78,000 in cash in a series of terrifying raids across Greater Manchester, between June 2015 and June 2016. But eventually, their luck ran out – when a brave shopper tripped up one of the robbers as he ran out of an Aldi in Bolton[1] wearing a burka. The 10-strong gang were jailed for a total of 130 years.

Fake boobs, a shocking X-ray and snared by a piece of hamRachel Connolly posed as a ‘hostage’ during a string of armed robberies – but she was rubbish actor

Rachel Connolly and Lee Brown thought they’d stumbled on the perfect ruse to rob a few newsagents.

She would pose as his ‘hostage’ while he demanded money – a charade performed in a string of raids. The problem was Connolly was an absolutely terrible actor. During one incident, she shouted ‘oh God’ when Brown pointed an imitation firearm at her and demanded money from the cashier – although witnesses noticed she ‘didn’t look distressed’.

Word of the stunt got round shops in South Manchester and when they tried it for a fourth time at a shop in Didsbury[2] , staff locked the doors and the pair were arrested and locked up.

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In 2014 a bungling arsonist set fire to himself during an attack in Rochdale[3] . CCTV footage showed the man pouring a flammable liquid onto the grill of a recovery truck that was parked up on Ashworth Street, Falinge. The man set fire to the van but was then seen running away along the road with his arm on fire, desperately trying to put out the flames.

Fake boobs, a shocking X-ray and snared by a piece of hamX ray image shows the mobile phone convicted gangster Stephen Cavanagh inserted into his backside.

This extraordinary image lays bare the wince-inducing lengths inmates will go to to smuggle phones behind bars.

The X-ray, revealing a mobile phone a convicted gangster had inserted up his backside, was taken at Strangeways. He was caught after the smuggling plot left him in agony – and led to his jail-time being extended.

Fake boobs, a shocking X-ray and snared by a piece of hamStrangeways inmate John Grimshaw was caught texting on the toilet

It’s not clear how convicted armed robber John Grimshaw smuggled his mobile phone into Strangeways. But what is known is that prison officers found him using it to send a text – while sitting on the toilet

Two more handsets were later found in the 28-year-old’s cell. It earned him another year in prison – on top of the seven he was already serving for robbery.

Fake boobs, a shocking X-ray and snared by a piece of hamBurglar Reece Budgeon was caught after leaving his DNA on a piece of ham

Getting peckish during a break-in led to burglar Reece Budgeon’s downfall. The 27-year-old ransacked the fridge of an office at Salford[4] Royal Hospital and helped himself to staff members’ snacks including chocolate and biscuits.

But he was caught out after leaving his DNA on a piece of ham, enabling police to track him down.

Fake boobs, a shocking X-ray and snared by a piece of hamThe men posed for photos with a stolen Porsche 911 – then posted it on Facebook

If you’ve just nicked a Porsche, posting a picture of your gang posing with it on Facebook is probably not a good idea – not if you want to stay out of jail anyway.

And if you’ve already committed string of robberies and burglaries across the region it’s even dafter.

But that’s exactly what six members of a criminal gang from Manchester[5] , Salford[6] and Tameside[7] did, and it ended up with them facing a total of 65 years in jail.

References

  1. ^ Bolton (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
  2. ^ Didsbury (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
  3. ^ Rochdale (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
  4. ^ Salford (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
  5. ^ Manchester (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
  6. ^ Salford (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
  7. ^ Tameside (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)

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