5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Gopher feet. Need we say more?
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2013 7:48 PM CDT
Updated Jun 21, 2013 8:50 AM CDT
Tourists walk on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles; a woman was stabbed to death there this week.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(Newser) – This week's crime blotter ranged from the tragic to the downright strange:

  1. Woman Murdered on Walk of Fame—Over $1: A stroll on Hollywood's Walk of Fame turned deadly for one woman who was stabbed Tuesday after refusing to give a trio of panhandlers $1 for a photo she took of their cardboard signs—which reportedly featured a request for money, a smiley face, and four-letter obscenities.
  2. Cops: Mom, Son Stole (Lots of) Gopher Feet: This isn't just a story about the theft of gopher feet in Minnesota—it's a story about the felony theft of gopher feet in Minnesota. A mother and son have been charged with stealing hundreds of pairs from the garage of a trapper in Harmony. And it gets weirder.

  1. Carjacking Fail: Gunman Can't Drive a Stick: If carjacking is your line of business, it's probably a good idea to learn how to drive a stick shift. Florida police say one would-be carjacker learned that the hard way.
  2. Woman Unmasks Burglar: It's Her Grandson: An Albuquerque grandmother thought she recognized a masked burglar who entered her home a week ago—and when Pamela Dearinger managed to rip off his bandana, her suspicions were confirmed: It was her grandson, police say, and his plan went south from there.
  3. DUI Suspect to Cops: Here, Have a Beer: When police asked a suspected drunk driver for his license, he offered an alternative. And it wasn't his passport.
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