What Is a Career Criminal?

A career criminal repeatedly uses criminal means to finance his life or lifestyle; he is considered a repeat offender. Crimes committed by career criminals often include robbery and theft.

Bonnie and Clyde are two of history's notable career criminals. They made their living by robbing and stealing, and 13 people were killed during one of Clyde's bungled robberies. The two robbed several banks during their career as criminals but never got away with very much money. On May 23, 1934, police were able to ambush Bonnie and Clyde. Their careers as criminals ended when they were killed by police gunfire after they first fired upon the police.