To hear police tell it, they are likely candidates for a Dumbest Criminals trophy — a trio of bungling burglars who kept dropping things, including a cell phone and a traceable welfare-benefits card left at crime scenes.
One member, who was out on parole, wore his GPS monitoring device to their heists.
Even so, the burglars were, in some respects, skilled and effective.
They became known as the Rock Smash Crew for typically using stones to smash alarm systems, windows and sliding glass doors at 123 high-end Seattle-area homes in what police called one of the biggest burglary-ring cases in Northwest history. They were in and out of houses in just...