Eugene Neil of Austin, Texas, decided to rob a pizza restaurant. He wore his
motorcycle helmet to conceal his identity. It seemed like a good idea. It had a
full face visor with darkened plastic. Nobody would recognize him. Nobody did,
but his name was printed on the front of the helmet and he was soon arrested.
“…Be sure, your sin will find you out.”

The pizza robber’s experience put him on an interesting list of bungled
burglaries. Three car thieves attempted to break into a pickup truck in
Larkspur, California. The owner saw them, chased them, and hailed a police car.
So the three jumped over a fence. The fence surrounded San Quentin prison! They
had broken into prison. Bank thieves locked themselves into a bank vault in
West Covina, California and had to be rescued by the police. And in Kansas,
three boys in a stolen car stopped to ask directions. They thought it was a
convenience store; it was a police station.

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About The Author

Robert Shannon, a retired preacher living in North Carolina, began preaching at the age of 16. He has preached in churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Florida, his longest ministry at First Christian Church of Largo Florida. Now in semi-retirement, he has preached regularly for churches in North Carolina and Tennessee. He has also contributed to kingdom work as a missionary to Eastern Europe and as a Bible College professor. He is past-president of the North American Christian Convention. Bob is the author or co-author of several books.

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