Are Crooks And Thieves Becoming Bolder Or Are They Just Becoming Stupider? You Make The Call

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Has anyone else noticed that there seems to be a substantial increase in the number of really unusual crimes around the United States lately?  As the economy continues to go downhill, it seems like crooks and thieves are becoming bolder and bolder.  Previously, I have written about how thieves are taking off with anything that is not bolted down these days.  Well, now they are ripping up entire bridges and pulling entire ATMs out of the ground.  Crooks are ripping copper pipes right out of the wall and they are even breaking into parked police cars.  So what is going to happen when the economy collapses and people becoming truly desperate?  If these are the kinds of crimes that are happening now, what is America going to look like when people have lost all hope?


Those are frightening questions to think about.

America is rapidly changing, and the evidence is all around us.  In many parts of the country today, it simply is no longer safe to go outside at night.  Desperate people do desperate things, and this economy has created a lot of desperate people.

But even though I regularly chronicle how our society is falling apart, I have been absolutely amazed at some of the very unusual crimes that have been committed recently.

Are crooks and thieves becoming bolder or are they just becoming stupider?

You make the call….

*In Chicago, the same man has robbed the same bank four times over the past two months.  The FBI still has not caught him.

*In the Miami area, thieves have been breaking into parked police cruisers and have been stealing guns and ammo out of them.

*A 700 pound bronze Pelican was recently stolen out of a park in the San Francisco Bay area.  Nobody knows how the thieves were able to move it.

*In north Alabama, thieves have been using a forklift to pull entire ATM machines out of the ground.

*The other day, a group of crooks in Pennsylvania stole an entire 50 foot long bridge.

*A teen in the San Francisco Bay area recently used a stun gun on a woman in order to steal her iPhone.  The GPS technology inside the phone later led police directly to the foolish teen.

*Up in Minnesota, two young men repeatedly called a cop on his cell phone to ask him if he would help them buy a pound of marijuana.  It was unclear how they got that phone number.  When the police arrived at the house of these two young men, they found that they had over $3,000 in counterfeit bills.  Apparently they were going to use some of the counterfeit cash to pay for the marijuana.  Needless to say, they never got their weed.

*In Fresno, California the damage caused by thieves stealing copper wire from city street lights is costing the city about $50,000 a month.  So far, about 2,500 street lights have been stripped of their wiring.

*In Connecticut recently, a group of thieves ripped the copper pipes right out of a Habitat for Humanity house.

*Down in Georgia, a team of crooks just stole five air-conditioning units from a church.  The five units were worth a total of approximately $35,000.

*In Pennsylvania last Sunday, two crooks actually stole a donation jar that was collecting money for a little girl that is suffering from leukemia.

These are just more signs that our country is starting to fall apart.

The thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted is beginning to disappear.

There is an overwhelming feeling in this country right now that something has gone terribly, terribly wrong.

According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey, 74 percent of the American people believe that the country is on the wrong track.

That is more than a consensus.

That is an overwhelming majority.

So what is going to happen if the economy gets much worse?

Many of those that project future trends are not painting a pretty picture.

For example, during a speech to newspaper editors and executives in Rochester, New York the other night, trends researcher Gerald Celente said the following….

“Greece is a tiny, little country compared to the world overall, but it is indicative of what is going to happen here.  You’re looking at suicide rates doubled, you’re looking at crime rates skyrocketing. One of the sayings I have is ‘when people lose everything, they have nothing left to lose, they lose it.'”

And as you can see from the examples posted above, some Americans are starting to lose it.

But the naysayers always claim that a few pieces of “anecdotal evidence” are not enough to get excited about.

Well, if you want to read dozens more examples of how our society is falling to pieces, just check out the following articles….

-“Lawless America: 20 Examples Of Desperate People Doing Desperate Things

-“Chaos On The Streets Of America

-“40 Signs That America Is Rotting From The Inside Out

-“20 Signs That The Fabric Of American Society Is Coming Apart At The Seams

The truth is that America is crumbling.

Right now most Americans believe that somehow our leaders are going to be able to fix things.

But once that does not happen and all hope is gone we will likely see utter chaos break out all over this country.

So what are you seeing in your corner of the United States?

Are crooks and thieves becoming bolder or are they just becoming stupider?

Feel free to share what is going on in your neck of the woods….

  • HeartofShadows

    You described the air conditioner thing in Georgia heh. My grandma and uncle live in Georgia and they got their air conditioner jacked while they were out of town but lucky for them insurance got them a new one and they ended up catching 2 of the guys because they kept hitting places in our town.
    Like you said this is only the start and things are going to get more *fun* as times become harder and people sink to newer levels to survive.

  • I live in a tiny town where certain crimes are unheard of, yet very recently there was a break in in a local jewelry business. Yep, anecdotal, but it really stirred up the town.

  • mark

    Since I installed my auto closing gate, we have had no problems. I do expect problems will start as the depression becomes deeper. The debt load of the government is way to large. I know that my garden will need to be much larger in order to feed my neighbors. I have expanded my water system to increase the garden by one more acre. I am getting the bottom ground ready this fall by adding tons of manure to over winter. I am buying seeds on sale for the spring. Even though I am preparing to be able to help others, I hope the need does not arise. It’s odd that I was commenting on another blog site the other day and all I asked was if another liberal guy was prepared to help out others. The reply was nasty name calling and a reference to how I must be looking forward to a collaspe. I believe in being prepared for as many situations as possable and have been doing this for the last 25 plus years. You should be prepared for any disaster.

  • D

    I live in a small neighborhood where virtually little to no crime happens, but recently I have seen things take a turn. House robberies are occurring everywhere. Everyone I talk to, no matter the area, always says they notice crime increasing.

    You can almost feel it in the air – something isn’t right and the train is going off the rails. Every month feels more intense.

  • Ron

    To understand the future, study the past. Throughout world history, all multiethnic empires
    have broken up, and almost always in cataclysmic violence. Therefore, the question is not
    if the multiethnic American Empire will shatter, but when and under what circumstances.

    Thomas W. Chittum, 1997, CIVIL WAR II

    • “Therefore, the question is not
      if the multiethnic American Empire will shatter, but when and under what circumstances.”

      As well as the terrible European (Soviet) Union.
      Some way or another, it unavoidably will crumble to pieces; and the sooner it happens, the better.

  • Highspeedloafer

    Dicks sporting goods had a sale this week in our town. Most of the ammo was BOGO 1/2 off. By the time I got to the store they were sold out of everything I could use except the 12 gage sluggers.

    I do hope its the good guys who are buying all the ammo.

    • Guido

      Wow, that’s an impressive deal!

      You might also consider gun shows. There are also still some good deals if you compare prices online.

      A couple years ago, it was so bad that folks would hang around Walmart at night, waiting for the ammo to be unpacked and stocked at midnight. Supplies were so short, customers were limited to 6 boxes a day. Even gun stores were sending in people to replenish their stock!

  • SilverShark427

    It is sad to see but this is way the world is going. People who are starving will do anything to feed themselves and or thier kids. I thought I lived in a good neighbourhood till reciently there were two robberies one at knife point which I missed by 5 minutes as I walked to work at 4 am and the other at gun point at lunch time and yes in CANADA. See gun laws really work, NOT !

    Better hunker down and get aggressively defensive.

  • jackieR

    Has anyone else noticed how there are flashes of advertising that pop up on our screens.

    • Michael

      That should not be the case on my sites.

      What ads are popping up for you?

      Is this happening for anyone else?


      • Highspeedloafer

        No ads here.

    • jackieR

      They just flash. Blink of an eye. I set my pop-up blocker to high this AM. Will see if it helps.

      • Michael

        There should be no popups at all on this site.

        If anyone sees any popups on this site please let me know.


        • uninformedLuddite

          Michael: Check the IP/Locations of people talking about problems with your site. They might just not like you or your site and want to waste your time.

    • jackieR

      Still getting the flashings.

    • the truth

      yeah mine too

  • Neither, there’s just more of them than there used to be.

  • Colin

    The way our country is going, we may end up living in a video game.

    I play Fallout 3. One of the ways I acquire moolah is by scavenging the post-apocalyptic wastes for items to sell. Pretty soon, I feel that many Americans will be scavenging the post-industrial America for items to sell, and we will see the deterioration of our infrastructure accelerate.

    A bright note in all of this – we won’t be alone. This destruction of human lives and the environment is not reserved to us alone. It’s occurring in every continent, save for Antarctica, for the elite are indiscriminate wreckers. They are driven by a perverse addiction to risk taking and gambling with their own and other people’s monies.

    • Guido

      Read Atlas Shrugged-at one point, Dagny and Hank find a community so poor, they’ve stripped the road up for their own use.

  • JD

    Ive been noticing alot of violent crime going up as well. In Helena, MT the other day a man tried to hold up a gas station and held the clerk hostage for several hours. Right on the heels of that there was a woman who shot and killed her husband and new girlfriend. You can see the articles at What gets me is that the man tried to get a restraining order against her a month before and the judge denied it. Also in the nearby town of Great Falls, a man who claimed that he was trying to end his mother’s “curse” threw a lit gas can inside the home while the family was asleep. I dont know if this is becoming a pattern nationwide but when I see this kind of stuff going on in a relatively peaceful state like Montana, im starting to wonder if your not correct in stating that the fabric of american society really is falling apart. I will continue to pray that Gods grace continue to fall upon us, but when a country falls to immorality and shames God, Gods grace is leaving us.

    • Michael

      Hmmm I don’t like to hear of crime like that in Montana. Montana is where a lot of people are going to get away from all this.


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  • mondobeyondo

    Forget “Stupid Pet Tricks” – David Letterman needs to change it to “Stupid Criminal Tricks” for his late-night talk show.

  • A Well Regulated Militia

    Big dog,check,new deadbolts on the front and back doors,check,small arsenal with plenty of ammo,check,be prepared people, and dont forget if you have kids teach them how to safely use those weapons, you might think your safe where you are but your not because its the people that dont think it will happen to them that are the first victims, be smart be prepared be awake wide awake

  • gary2

    good article michael-thanks

  • old soldier

    Good article. Live in a really quiet neighborhood …so I thought. Discovered someone went in my truck and stole a pair of my sunglasses recently. Was advised tonight by a neighbor two men in the neighborhood, one her boyfriend, also had things stolen from their pickups. She told me people have been going thru the neighborhood and testing vehicle doors to see if they are locked. This is something that never would have happened a year ago.

  • Guido

    I don’t think this stuff is as bad as it sounds-I think it feels “truthy” to us. I think the more brazen and ambitious events, such as the bridge caper, are increasing, but we’re just more sensitive to the stories these days.

    For instance, I once read there are over 400 attempted and successful bombings in America every year. This was some time ago, and I can’t cite the source, but it was very interesting since you never hear about bombings.

    My brother is a paramedic and, according to him, almost none of the fantastic and horrifying things he might see on any night makes it into the news.

    On the other hand, the news is good at scaring the hell out of us about things, when in reality the incidence may be statistically tiny. Remember the flesh-eating bacteria scare of the 1990s? They hyped the tiny minority of cases that happen into a national obsession before moving on to another topic. 2 months ago, the scary story was about some kind of amoeba you could get from diving in stagnant water that would eat your brain and kill you.

    ATM attacks are nothing new. And dumb crook news has been a staple of morning news shows and comedians for years. The copper thefts, however, are something new in the last few years. In the last year, the news reported copper thieves in DC were so brazen, they actually set up legitimate-looking construction sites in the middle of the street and pulled wire out in broad daylight!

    Perhaps its time to dust off the old Neighborhood Watch idea?

    • mondobeyondo

      Ooooooh yeah. The mainstream media is good at whipping up frenzy. If I could whip butter, cheese and cream as well as they whip frenzy, every dairy business would be out of business! Hee!

      And – I’m still recovering from the swine flu I never caught.

      (okay, so I guess technically, you don’t whip cheese.)

      • mondobeyondo

        Just like the ancient joke I learned back in my sophomore high school year in 1981, during the Great Medfly Epidemic (remember that?!) Just Google “medfly”, “medfly panic” and “1981”.

        Them: “Certain products have been proven carcinogenic to laboratory rats”.

        Me: “But I’m not a laboratory rat.”

        Them: “Humans and rats are very similar….”

        Me: “Aw hell. I don’t even have a tail. Get real.”

        Like so many other things, it’s all hype and no substance.

        “Don’t Believe The Hype!!!” (Public Enemy, 1988)

  • Mainuh1

    We’re getting home invasions with assaults, desperate criminals looking for drug money. Bank and store robberies for drug money and a sizable increase in domestic assault calls. You can lock your house up but lately they have been breaking windows to enter, are armed and don’t seem to care how much noise they make. Our local police force has reduced “services” and do not respond to trespassing calls and issues concerning suspicious vehicles or unknown people hanging around. You have to protect yourself – community watches, firearms (with target practice), good locks, security lights and the mindset to use force when threatened.

    This is only going to get worse as the world economy spirals out of control. Mad Max, here we come!

  • jackieR


    Have you read lately where the VP is accusing Iran of trying to attack an ambassador who was visiting DC.
    Previous articles were stating that going back to the 90’s the US had Iran on their radar to be attacked.
    Sounds like they are trying to make it happen.

  • TK

    It breaks my heart to hear about all of this crime.

    Crime is a symptom of a much bigger problem. No morality. No fear of God.

    There are very few people standing up and declaring that every one will be judged for the deeds committed in this life. People do not want to hear that they are accountable for their actions.

    6And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

    7He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

    8But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

  • virginia

    Gerald Celente from Trends Journal is right on the money in what he has to say about the politicians, wall street and banking cartels, our debacled healthcare system as well as educational system. He is definitely a good one to listen to and follow if you want a piece of the truth about America and where we are headed with no holes barred. He does not mince words or the truth.

  • Matt

    out of caos comes order——–nwo police state


    “Are crooks and thieves becoming bolder or are they just becoming stupider?”

    I would say it’s a combination of both. But the question must be asked: What would and should one expect from a society that is in complete and total meltdown due to the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of it citizenry?

  • A.S.

    Just skimmed the article about the 700 lb statue in SF Zoo. How can a city that is bankrupt afford $27,500 on a statue? This is reminiscent of a Simpson episode where the Mayor used up all the city’s surplus to buy a gold statue of the Dig’em toad. I thought I would never see the day that a real city behaves like a cartoon.

    • “I thought I would never see the day that a real city behaves like a cartoon.”

      I’m beginning to think that South Park is, rather than a sarcastic fantasy parody; a quite accurate portrait of the USA.

  • Brad

    A.S. – that was the show Family Guy (Mayor West) but point made :)

  • Terrwyn

    Caught 2 kids ripping open a UPS pkg. the other day in front of my garage. The gate was closed but not locked. Left my yard and stole a neighbor kids bike. We knew where the one kid lived but couldn’t prove he did it. The other one disapeared with the bike. Of course the cops did nothing. The after the fact boys they are called around here. Usually don’t even bother calling them they are such a bunch of losers. SSS coming to a neighborhood near you. (Shoot, Shovel, and Shutup)

  • Are the downfall of the USA cockroaching, er, approaching?

    Obama promised Change.
    You wanted Change.
    You voted for Change.
    And Change you got!
    Like the frogs who desired a King:

    So, what’s there to be annoyed about?

    USA – the Uninhabitable Soviets of Amero.
    In Sod we trust.