Sunday, November 23, 2008

"Butt Bandit" Is Finally Caught

The city of Valentine, located near the state line with South Dakota, is not the kind of place where you would expect to find a serial criminal. But that is just what this Nebraska metropolis (population 2650) has had for the last couple of years. The locals dubbed him the "Butt Bandit".

This dastardly criminal has been plaguing the citizens of Valentine since the Spring of 2007. That was when the businesses, churches and community buildings of the city began to find "butt prints" on their windows. The criminal would smear vaseline or lotion on his behind (and sometimes his groin), and then press it against the window. On one particularly busy night, he "printed" nearly all the windows on a local hotel.

Over the past two summers (he stopped during the Winter of 2007-08), he has struck at window after window. When he "printed" the school police got a picture of him, but it was not good enough to identify him.

But the master criminal's luck ran out early last Wednesday morning. About 3:30am, the Valentine police caught him in the act. He will now have to pay for his crimes (and suffer a "buttload" of embarrassment, I suspect).

The culprit turned out to be a local 35 year-old man. I had expected it was someone younger, but I guess it just shows that age has little to do with maturity.

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