Sometimes It Pays to Be Camera-Shy
D E D H A M, Mass.
So you want to steal a camera. If you don't want to get caught, take a lesson from this would-be burglar: Don't take pictures of yourself with the stolen goods.
That's what apparently led to the downfall of Wayne Mays, 48, who was convicted last week of breaking and entering and larceny after three photos of him were found inside a camera bought at a pawn shop.
According to prosecutors, Mays stole two cameras and jewelry worth about $9,700 from a Boston-area home in October 1998.
When police responded to a tripped alarm at the home, they saw Mays' car and wrote down his license plate number. Mays was later arrested at his home, but denied knowing anything about the break-in or burglary.
Mays may have gotten away with his crime if he hadn't made one bad decision. Prosecutors say he brought the stolen goods to two Boston pawn shops.
At one of the shops, Mays allowed a pawnbroker to take his picture to prove the cameras worked — but he never removed the film.
A man who bought one of the cameras brought it to his nephew's bar mitzvah in St. Louis, where he took several photos, according to prosecutors. Later, when he had the film developed, he discovered three photos of Mays, which police used to link him to the heist.
Fake Cop Pulls Over Judge
H A M I L T O N, Ohio A volunteer firefighter in Ohio seems to have let his authority go to his head.
Authorities say Anthony Barone, 19, became a traffic vigilante of sorts when he used his vehicle's flashing red lights to pull over someone he thought was just an average traffic violator.
As it turned out, the motorist he pulled over was a local judge.
Authorities say Barone used his cell phone to report a possible traffic violation to the sheriff's office. But when deputies arrived at the scene, they found out Barone had used his emergency lights and siren to pull over Butler County Judge Rob Lyons.
Barone then blocked the judge from leaving the parking lot, deputies said. Barone's lawyer says he hopes to resolve the incident, which he says was just a misunderstanding. The sheriff's spokesman said it's unclear why Barone stopped the judge.
Barone has been charged with impersonating a police officer and unlawful restraint.
Crime Blotter is a weekly feature compiled by Geraldine Sealey at ABCNEWS.com.