Rumbled by their stomachs: when criminals order food

A reminder that crime doesn’t pay, even if you’re willing to pay the delivery charges.

Meryl D'Souza April 26, 2016

Admit it, you’ve all done something that, in one way or another, has broken the law. Yes, even manipulating loopholes count. Everyone is a criminal just waiting to be caught.

There are few though who are worse than the rest and spend most of their lives running and hiding from the fuzz. But all that cardio is bound to take its toll. And we get it, there are times when you simply crave lobster or sushi, but you can’t simply walk into a restaurant and feast. That’s a great way to get yourself caught.

But your hunger pangs are strong and you somehow read a review of the most bizarre dinner ever and want to try it. So what do you do? Ordering in seems harmless and kind of genius given your predicament. Except, it’s not.

These guys thought they had tricked the system when they ordered takeout. Instead, hunger clouded their judgement. 

El Chapo

In July last year, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the world’s most notorious drug lord who goes by the name El Chapo, humiliated Mexico by escaping its most secure prison through a tunnel that led into the shower floor of his cell.

In early January, after months of running through the Mexican mountains and wildernesses of the Golden Triangle, El Chapo yearned for a bit of comfort food as he rested in the coastal city of Los Mochis, in Sinaloa.

Just two blocks away, an unusually big order of tacos was picked up after midnight on 8th January by a white van, like the one believed to be driven by Mr. Guzmán’s associates. Undercover police had already been staking out what they believed to be El Chapo's hiding place, and the questionable takeout gave them the incentive they needed. Hours later, El Chapo was busted.

Salah Abdeslam

At the start of 2016, Abdeslam was probably the most wanted man in Europe, the only survivor from the group of 10 terrorists who attacked Paris in November last year.

The 26-year-old was hiding at a friend’s house in Brussels. What tipped the cops? Well, the friend’s mother called for six large pizzas. The cops were aware that only three people made up the household and the unusual order piqued their interest. A police source said: “We were fairly confident he was there but the giveaway was the pizza order.” 

Ethan Couch

In 2013, Ethan Couch avoided time behind bars despite killing four people in a drunk driving accident. His defence team argued he was suffering from affluenza – an inability to understand the consequences of his actions as a result of the spoiled lifestyle he grew up with.

Instead, the Texas teen was sentenced to 10 years probation and ordered to enter rehab. As part of his probation he could not drive, drink alcohol or use drugs.

But after a video of Couch playing a drinking game began circulating in early December 2015, he and his mother fled the country. After months on the run in Mexico, one of them called for a pizza from Domino’s near the Puerto Vallarta condo where they were staying. You know the drill by now...