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The Six Dumbest Florida Criminals for February

Ah, Florida.


Sure, we have criminals, just like every other state.

But we have our own special kind of criminals. Namely, dumb ones.

And, because we're never in short supply of dumb criminals, we present to you our latest series of the dumbest Florida criminals of the month.

February was a special kind of dumb for Florida criminals.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy the stupid!

6.) The guy who started a fire at his apartment complex after being told to stop masturbating in front of his windows

A Tampa man was told by managers of the apartment complex he lived in to please stop masturbating in front of his windows for all to see.
So he set his apartment on fire, damaging the complex and leaving four other residents homeless.

It's not clear if the man set the fire because he was embarrassed about being called out for diddling himself in front of his fellow residents or if this was his way of stopping it altogether.

Tampa Fire Rescue officials arrived at the complex around 10 p.m. and found smoke billowing from the second-floor unit. The complex was evacuated, and no injuries were reported. It took about 20 minutes to put out the blaze, but plenty of fire and smoke damage had already been done.

According to fire officials, the fire was set in the bedroom and the kitchen inside the man's unit using flammable liquids spread around deliberately.

The man told police he set the fire to get back at the complex's management after they told him to stop masturbating in front of his open apartment windows and front door, according to police.

5.) The people who had an illegal fish, a weed plant, hundreds of grams of meth, and two frozen alligators

Polk County police executed a search warrant on a home of three where they found 278 grams of methamphetamine strewn about the house. They found two grams of meth in a bag on the bedroom floor, like a discarded pair of dirty socks.

They also found a potted marijuana plant.

In addition to all the drugs, cops found a black bass in the house. The bass was reportedly too small by Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission standards.

There was also apparently a pair of frozen alligators found in the home, according to the report. One of the arrested men admitted to not having permits for any of the animals -- frozen or otherwise.

One of the suspects told police they had planned to have the alligators stuffed, because a house with babies and drugs just isn't complete without -- not one but two -- stuffed alligators to spruce up the place.

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Chris Joseph
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