|(WILLY WATERTON/QMI Agency Files)
From a drunk Bohemian Rhapsody singer to thieves who pinched millions of dollars in maple syrup, 2012 was a notable year for silly criminal antics in Canada.
Robert Wilkinson is the boozed-up Edson, Alta., resident who sang his heart out in the back of an RCMP cruiser while a dash-cam recorded the six-minute musical performance. The infamous Queen rendition has been watched more than nine million times on YouTube, and was used as evidence in his drinking and driving trial. But it doesn't have a happy ending, at least for Wilkinson. He was convicted of impaired driving in November and fined $1,400.
The unemployed 30-year-old, however, can add "World's Dumbest Criminal" to his accolades after his infamous clip appeared on the trueTV show.
"Nothing really matters to me," he sings, "Nothing really matters, even the RCMP."
He's one of a few Canadians caught doing stupid things that made us laugh in spite of their evils.
Runner-up goes to an enterprising Halifax man that police allege was going door to door trying to sell drugs in Dartmouth in March. Police said they found hydromorphine, Valium, clonazepam and OxyContin in his pockets, and arrested him. No word if he actually made any sales.
In a story that doesn't get much more Canadian, up to $30-million worth of maple syrup was stolen from a Quebec warehouse in August. Police arrested three people this month and are looking for five others. They said they also recovered two-thirds of the stolen syrup. Phew.