From the “Can anyone really be that stupid” file…
A man suspected of robbing a California store has landed in custody after turning up to take a police entrance examination in the same town.
Chula Vista police realised Romeo Montillano was a suspect in the December robbery when he signed up for a police test two months later.
Detectives doubted he would show up after he phoned in from Las Vegas to say he was having car problems.
But he arrived on time, by bus, only to be arrested by astonished officers.
During his arrest, Mr Montillano asked if he would still be able to take the exam.
When told that he could not, he then asked if he could re-apply and maybe take the test later, Mr Gonzales added.
Romeo Montillano was arrested for investigation of robbery, making criminal threats and grand theft, and remained in jail on Saturday in lieu of $110,000 (£77,000) bail, the Associated Press reports.