Gumball bandit might not be smartest criminal

Source: Front Street Animal Shelter

SACRAMENTO, CA (WFLA) – A California animal shelter shares surveillance video of a thief stealing its fundraising gumball machine. It was not easy.

The gumball bandit blows his wad trying to pilfer a prize.

This video comes from the Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento.

It shows, and tells, the story of a man dubbed “dumbest criminal,” trying to steal the shelter’s gumball machine.

And it’s a crime how ineffective this candy crook is. He spills gumballs everywhere, struggling to get the machine out the door.

He was keeping his eye on the wrong prize, completely missing the cash donation box a few feet away.

He gets points for perseverance though–eventually tossing the gumball machine over a fence, securing the quarters inside for himself. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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