'The most stupid criminal ever' pleads guilty to burglary after he stole a laptop and posted photo of himself on owner's Facebook
Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 6:23 PM on 23rd February 2011
He didn't exactly stand much chance of getting away with it.
And yesterday the man described as 'the most stupid criminal ever', who stole a laptop then posted a leering photo of himself on its owner's Facebook page, pleaded guilty to burglary in Washington D.C.
Last December, Rodney Knight Jr, 19, broke into the home of Washington Post journalist Marc Fisher and stole his 15-year-old son's laptop computer, $400, a winter coat and another laptop.
His own wanted poster: Rodney Knight Jr not only broke into a house and stole a laptop, but then posted a picture of himself on its owner's Facebook page
Except to rub salt in the wound, as well as stealing the family's property, Knight also decided to taunt them with his very own calling card.
At the time, Mr Fisher described how the burglar broke into his family's Washington D.C. home and kicked through the basement door while they was out.
Mr Fisher wrote: 'He opened my son's computer, took a photo of himself sneering as he pointed to the cash lifted from my son's desk, and then went on my son's Facebook account and posted the picture for 400 teenagers to see.
'In the picture, the man is wearing my new winter coat, the one that was stolen right out of the Macy's box it had just arrived in.'
Calling card: Knight used Mr Fisher's 15-year-old son's laptop to take a photo of himself and then posted it on the boy's Facebook page
Victim: Knight broke into the home of Washington Post journalist Marc Fisher and stole his son's laptop
Although Knight put the hood up on the brand-new coat, the full-frontal picture still clearly showed his face.
Mr Fisher said one police officer told him: 'I've seen a lot, but this is the most stupid criminal I've ever seen.'
But Mr Fisher said the worst loss was not the property, but a document his son had been working on for years.
He wrote: 'On my son's computer, but never backed up, was one of the greatest documents ever, something he would have cherished all his life.
'He had meticulously kept a running list of every movie he had ever seen, hundreds and hundreds, with his comments on each.'
Despite Knight virtually designing his own wanted poster, it still took police almost a month to track him down.
He was arrested on January 2, when officers found him in a Washington alleyway clutching his waistband.
When they searched him, they found he was carrying a loaded gun, and yesterday Knight also pleaded guilty to carrying a pistol without a licence.
He is due to be sentenced on May 4.
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