Whether you file this under "stupid criminal" or "clever police," this is the funniest story I've seen all year.
According to a Miami Herald report, police in Marathon Key, Fla., were tipped off to marijuana plants spotted growing in a vacant lot, and when they went to check it out, they did indeed find six thriving plants. Since there was no one there to arrest, the cops pulled up the plants and in their place left a ransom note with a phone number.
Oh, they didn't say who they were.
The plants' owners called the number on the note within 10 minutes and arranged to pay the $200 ransom. You see where this is going, don't you? There's no way this ends well for the gardener.
The detectives said the note was left "half jokingly," according to the Herald, and that they didn't expect a phone call. "If he didn't show up, there would have been no way to prove who grew the plants,'' Col. Rick Ramsay of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said. "He's got to win one of America's dumbest criminal awards."