When you are involved in any kind of crime, it's generally a good idea to leave your ID at home or at least make sure it is stashed away where it can't be found. Any good covert operative will tell you that, or you could just watch Burn Notice. But, in east Texas, they do things a little different even when they are smashing out the windows of a bunch of cars at an auto dealership.
Forrest Kenneth Randall (no, it isn't the other way around) allegedly went out to Mike Perry Dodge in Nacogdoches to have a little fun in his free time. According to a report, he smashed out the windows on 20 vehicles on the lot and removed some items from a few of them. No reason was given why he decided to go a-window-bustin'. Unfortunately, there was a fatal flaw in his diabolical criminal master plot: He left his wallet at the scene.
As Homer Simpson might say, "D'OH!"
Police found the wallet at the dealership and when they confronted Randall, 19, he admitted he smashed the windows, damage that amounted to $6,000 according to the owner of the dealership.
Randall was charged with felony criminal mischief.
So, take a lesson, kids and would-be window smashers, if you are going to go out and do some nighttime vandalism -- and who doesn't want to do that? -- make sure and leave your wallet in the car...uh, YOUR car.
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