5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

A drug mule old enough to know better and 2 rabbis make the cut

By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 11, 2013 7:00 AM CDT | Updated Oct 11, 2013 12:18 PM CDT

(Newser) – Three unlikely characters—an elderly drug mule and two Orthodox rabbis—made the headlines in a bad way this week:

  • 89-Year-Old Drug Mule Pleads Guilty: Leo Sharp was your typical 80-something retiree, splitting time between his place in Indiana and a property in Florida where he grew his beloved lilies. And then, of course, there was the occasional cross-country drive with hundreds of pounds of cocaine for a powerful Mexican cartel. The 89-year-old pleaded guilty this week.
  • Rabbis Accused in Kidnap, Torture Plot: It sounds like the premise of a bad movie or a worse joke: A Jewish husband won't agree to a divorce, so a couple of tough rabbis make him an offer he can't refuse. FBI agents arrested two rabbis today and accused them of plotting to kidnap and torture a man in order to force him to agree to a religious divorce. It may not have been their first such job.
  • Clerk With Machete Chases Off Armed Robber: In a move police strongly recommend others don't try to emulate, a machete-wielding clerk chased a would-be armed robber out of a Long Island deli—even after the suspect fired a warning shot from his handgun. Surveillance video caught it all.
  • NFL Linebacker Faces Gun Charges: Embattled 49ers star Aldon Smith has been charged with three counts of illegally possessing assault weapons, stemming from a party-turned-shootout at his San Jose-area abode last year. Smith himself ended up getting stabbed in the melee.
  • Cops: Driver Leads Chase So He Can Finish Big Mac: Talk about a Mac Attack: Ohio police say a driver who initially refused to pull over explained that he just wanted to finish his Big Mac. Coincidentally, he also had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit.
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A booking photo for Leo Sharp.   (AP Photo/U.S. Marshals Service)
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