Crime and Punishment

Cellphone Robber Makes It Two Blocks Before Being Tripped Up by His Own Saggy Jeans

Or wear a belt, at least.
Nope. (Photo: Reuters)

Nope. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Wearing saggy jeans is not only a terrible look, but it could also screw up your grand plan to jack a stranger’s cell phone. Joel Donaldson learned that the hard way yesterday afternoon when he punched a person in the face, took their phone and tried to run away — but his baggy jeans proved to be a hinderance.

In what is fit for a “World’s Dumbest Criminals” segment, Mr. Donaldson allegedly grabbed a stranger’s phone outside of Borough Hall and fled the scene only so far before a traffic cop noticed the crook’s pants falling off as he bolted. He made it about a block before his unplanned performance of Magic Mike tripped him up and a cop tackled him.

The New York Post talked to an eyewitness:  “He was zigzagging all over the place, but he couldn’t run because his pants was falling down,” said Arlene Williams. “This cop saw it, and he went right after him.’’

Mr. Donaldson was arrested conveniently two blocks away from the Brooklyn Criminal Court. He was charged with robbery.

Maybe there is a niche for a skinny jean market not targeted solely at emo preteens or One Direction band members.

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