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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!
  • Shawn Nelson

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    On May 17, 1995, unemployed US Army veteran Shawn Nelson stole a M60A3 Patton tank from a United States National Guard Armory near San Diego. He then led police on a 23 minute slow speed pursuit through San Diego's Clairemont neighborhood, destroying cars, road signs, fire hydrants, and traffic lights in the process.
  • Shawn Nelson (Aftermath)

    After catching the tank on a concrete median of State Route 163, Nelson attempted to flee on foot, but was shot by police. he died from his injuries at a local hospital, amazingly the only fatality from his rampage. Security at the National Guard armory from which he stole the tank was significantly increased.
  • Marvin Heemeyer

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    Following a zoning dispute with the town of Granby, CO, professional welder Marvin Heemeyer sought revenge. His revenge came in the form of a bulldozer that he modified with layers of concrete and steel. It took a year and a half for Heemeyer to complete work on the machine that was later nicknamed "Killdozer." On June 4, 2004, Heemeyer began his attack on the town.

    During his two hour seven minute long rampage, Heemeyer destroyed 13 buildings, including the town hall and library, and caused $7 million in damage.
  • Marvin Heemeyer (Aftermath)

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    Heemeyer's rampage came to an end when the bulldozer became stuck in the basement of one of the destroyed buildings. Heemeyer than killed himself with a handgun. It took twelve hours for police to cut through the hatch to get to his body. The town was rebuilt, and the remains of the bulldozer were sent to several different scrap yards to discourage souvenir hunters.