5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a very pricey walnut heist

By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 8, 2013 6:01 AM CST | Updated Nov 8, 2013 10:32 AM CST

(Newser) – A massive walnut heist and a computer-generated child that lures would-be predators make the list this week:

  • $400K Worth of California Walnuts Stolen: Stop laughing at the Canadians over that multimillion-dollar maple syrup heist. The US has its own weird food thievery going on: walnuts. A crew stole $400,000 worth of the nuts from trailers at an orchard outside Modesto, California, last week. And there's talk of a "nut mafia."
  • Computer-Generated Child Nabs 1K Predators: Dutch children's rights activists have come up with a novel way to catch online predators: They created a realistic computer-generated 10-year-old girl. Researchers then posed as "Sweetie" and logged onto Internet chat rooms. During the 10-week sting, 1,000 adults solicited her for sex acts via webcam.
  • Dad Calls 911 on Son, Who Gets Killed by Police: An Iowa father wanted to teach his 19-year-old son a lesson, so he called police when the youth took off with his truck. It ended in tragedy, though, when police shot and killed Tyler Comstock after a chase.
  • Accused Peeping Tom: Upskirt Photos Are Free Speech: A Boston man is making the case that the Constitution allows him to secretly take photos up women's skirts in public. The lawyer for 31-year-old Michael Robertson argued that her client's actions in the Boston subway are protected by the First Amendment and that women "cannot expect privacy" from guys like him in public.
  • Family Missing After Bizarre Call Found Dead: A family that went missing in Mississippi under strange circumstances has been found dead: The bodies of a husband and wife and their 7-year-old son were discovered in an abandoned house. The woman's family says she told them via a strange phone call that she had to leave town for a few days and was already on the road; the call ended abruptly. A man who led police to the bodies is in custody.
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Walnuts are a hot commodity in California.   (Flickr)
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