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The Craziest Crime Sprees of All Time

Crime rarely pays, but some criminals go down in history for the way they committed their crimes. If you need a spree, you're probably safer sticking to shopping, but these people opted for a crime spree instead. This list has the weirdest, craziest, most incredible, and most deadly crime sprees of all time, from the Bling Ring to a modern day Bonnie and Clyde story.

Some criminals, like the guy who tried to destroy a small town with a custom built bulldozer, committed crimes best suited for a comic book. Others just had unusual motives, like the robber who stole to feed the 120 cats he took care of. Yes, 120 cats. It seems love can bring on a good crime spree as well, with more than one couple on this list who, instead of a romantic night in, decided to hit the town for some good old fashioned law breaking.

These are the craziest crime sprees in the history of the law. Thankfully, most of these criminals ended up behind bars, keeping the public safe from their rampages. What are the biggest crime sprees of all time? Read below to find out!
  • William Todd

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    William Todd arrived in Nashville, TN on a Greyhound Bus at 3 am. and learned that the next bus out of town wasn't until noon. So, he decided to make the most of his layover and play a real life version of Grand Theft Auto.
    First, he broke into a closed haunted house attraction and stole a t-shirt, taser, revolver, and shotgun. Upon exiting the haunted house, he shot at the building and then set it on fire. From there, he made his way to a bar and robbed its patrons. He also pistol whipped one and tased another.

    Five minutes after leaving the bar, he carjacked a cab and spent $200 of stolen cash at a Walmart. Around 6 in the morning he headed to the downtown Hotel Indigo, where he broke into a downtown law office and spread his feces on several framed law degrees.

    While still at the hotel, he decided to impersonate a female housekeeper and went door to door looking for someone to rob. Eventually, he stole $600 at gunpoint from a Canadian couple. Oh, and for some reason, Todd was crying during the entire robbery. And at some point while he was in the hotel, he took the time to shave his head bald.

    By 9 am, Todd had crashed his stolen cab into the wall of a parking garage, and around 11:30 he hailed another taxi. He held the driver at knifepoint and told him to drive to the Opry Mills shopping mall. When police found Todd at noon, he was hiding on top of the mall in a water-cooling vat with water up to his nose.
  • William Todd (Aftermath)

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    Todd faced 11 felony charges, including multiple counts of burglary, carjacking, and robbery. He also had warrants out for his arrest in Kentucky.
  • The Barefoot Bandit

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    Colton Harris-Moore became known as the Barefoot Bandit because he often committed robberies without any shoes on. During his two year burglary spree, Moore, a self-trained pilot, earned a lot of frequent flier miles.

    First, he stole a plane in northwest Washington state and flew to the San Juan Islands. Later he stole a pistol in British Columbia. After spending some time in Idaho, he flew back to Washington and promptly stole a boat in southwestern Washington to head down to Oregon. Finally, he found his way to Indiana and made an escape to the Bahamas. A youngster on a spree, he committed all these crimes before his 20th birthday.
  • The Barefoot Bandit (Aftermath)

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    After two years on the run, Harris-Moore was captured in the Bahamas and brought back to Seattle to stand trial. He was sentenced to six and a half years in federal prison.