TODAY’S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .
Aitabdel Salem, 41, who spent nearly five months at Rikers Island Prison, because he didn’t know his bail was only $2.
Salem had been brought up on charges for attacking a cop, and two minor theft charges.
Judges sometimes set a dollar bail on a defendant’s subsequent charges if they believe the person’s existing bail is sufficient.
However, the initial charge was dropped, so his bail was only $2.
Salem blames his previous attorney for failing to inform him about the change in his bail status.
AND THEN THERE’S …..
Broerick Miller in Orlando, Florida, 23, who was so upset about not having sex, he started a fire and got arrested for arson.
Miller got into an argument with his girlfriend last week, because he felt they weren’t having enough sex.
So she got mad and threw his clothes out in the driveway.
Miller responded by covering their dresser in alcohol, and lighting it on fire.
The fire got out of control and the fire department had to come put it out.
Broerick was arrested for first-degree arson.
OR HOW ABOUT …..
Store workers Joan Lechleitner, 51, and her fiance, Kerry Titus, 54, who were arrested after winning a $1 million Pennsylvania lottery drawing with money they stole.
Police say the pair and two others had stolen over $175,000 from a grocery store during a five-year period.
Lechleitner used a portion of the stolen loot to buy a lottery ticket that won $1 million, but had to share it with three others who also won.
After winning the lottery Lechleitner and Titus kept stealing until security cameras lead to their arrest.
The two other workers were also arrested on similar charges.
OKAY, ONE MORE …..
Joseph Martin, 38, who swiped a front-end loader and crashed it into a liquor store in Anchorage, Alaska, because it was after-hours and he wanted some booze.
A witness called police but by the time they arrived, Martin had stolen a few bottles, jumped back into the front-end loader, and drove off.
Police caught up to him and a slow speed chase ensued.
He was finally captured and charged with criminal mischief, failure to stop at the direction of an officer, theft, criminal trespassing, burglary, felony DUI, and felony refusal to submit.