Is this the dumbest criminal ever?

by Apr 18, 2012

Really dumb bungling criminals who go out of their way to bungle up even the easiest crime are just the stuff of movies, right? Can anyone ever be as bungling as the criminals in say, Home Alone or Mouse trap? Well it turns out that they can.

Mohammed Ashan went to a police checkpoint and demanded his money: Image from Washington Post

Say hello to Mohammad Ashan, a mid-level Taliban commander who turned himself in to police in the hopes of collecting a $100 reward offered for information on his whereabouts.

Ashan was suspected of plotting at least two attacks on Afghan security forces, so officials plastered hundreds of posters emblazoned with the insurgent’s name and likeness around the district of Sar Howza. When Ashan took notice of the $100 finder’s fee, he snatched a poster and marched into a police checkpoint, looking to collect. Instead, he was arrested on the spot.

The Washington Post reports, "When U.S. troops went to confirm that Ashan had in fact come forward to claim the finder’s fee, they were initially incredulous.

“We asked him, ‘Is this you?’ Mohammad Ashan answered with an incredible amount of enthusiasm, ‘Yes, yes, that’s me! Can I get my award now?’” recalled SPC Matthew Baker.

A biometric scan confirmed that the man in Afghan custody was the insurgent they had been looking for.

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