Some criminals are just dumb. Others have incredibly bad luck. Thirty-three-year-old Nathaniel Coleman of Immokalee, Florida is the latter. He pulled off what seemed like a successful home robbery and made off with thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, but then made the cosmically doomed accident of trying to pawn off the stolen goods at a store managed by the woman who owned the home he had just robbed.
Coleman walked into Marilyn's Boutique on the 200 block of West Main Street in Immokalee on Monday, according to The Naples Daily News. He started showing the store manager the goods he was looking to sell, but then the woman realized that they were suspiciously identical to items from her own jewelry collection.
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Unaware at the time that her home had been robbed earlier in the day the manager excused herself to the back and called her husband. She remained calm and kept Coleman in the store while her husband called police.
The husband and police arrived at the store at the same time. Coleman was arrested, and police returned to the couple's home with the husband. The house had been ransacked, and a backdoor had been forced open, confirming that indeed, the items Coleman had tried to pawn were the manager's own.
Coleman has now been charged with dealing in stolen items, defrauding a pawn broker, and grand theft of items between $5,000 and $10,000.