Okay, they didn’t commit murder or rape or assault. But I’m pitting them for the sheer stupidity of their crime spree.
Margaret Pollara is apparently not a good mother. First, she named her son Ignatius (although he goes by Michael). Second, she raised him to be a criminal.
They shoplift toys from Toys-R-Us. They steal toys and then sell them on eBay for money. They would find some big cheap item in the store that came in a box, open the box and remove the real item, load the box up with small and expensive items, reseal the box, and then buy it at the box’s sticker price. In this way they were able to steal an estimated two million dollars worth of merchandise and only pay less than seven thousand dollars.
Pathetic as this might seem, Michael Pollara takes pride in his “work”. So he set himself a goal: he and his mom were going to steal from a Toys-R-Us in all fifty states within a single year. And being as they were spending a lot of time in Toys-R-Us, he got himself a rewards card and collected points on the seven thousand dollars he actually spent.
This was his downfall (okay, being born was probably his downfall but this was how he got caught). Toys-R-Us noticed that it was losing a few million dollars worth of merchandise but being as these losses were spread out over 139 stores in 27 different states, they probably wouldn’t normally have connected them together. But thanks to his reward card records, they could show that Pollara had been in all the stores that had been robbed at the time of the thefts.
My guess? With his themed crimes and propensity for leaving clues, I’m guessing Pollara was trying to attract the attention of Batman.