5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

No, officer, it's soap, not cocaine
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2013 5:55 AM CST
Updated Dec 20, 2013 8:27 AM CST
Homemade soap.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Lessons this week: Beware driving with soap and don't report a bomb threat to get out of a test:

  • Pair Spends Month in Jail for Having Bag of ... Soap: Soap and cocaine are easy to confuse ... right? A young man and woman just spent a month in a Pennsylvania jail for carrying two kilos of what police thought was cocaine. It most definitely wasn't.
  • Harvard Student Caused Bomb Scare to Dodge Exam: Calling in a bomb threat is a really, really bad way to try to get out of your final exams, a Harvard student has discovered. The FBI says Eldo Kim, 20, has confessed to sending an email warning of "shrapnel bombs" on campus. Kim now faces much bigger problems than a lousy grade.

  • 'Pippi Longstocking' Busted in Triple Hit and Run: Things seem to have gone downhill for Tami Erin since she played Pippi Longstocking in the '80s: The actress was arrested this week for felony hit and run ... and the specifics of the alleged crime are pretty nuts.
  • Chinese Spy Stole Iowa Corn Seeds: Feds: Corporate espionage ... in an Iowa cornfield? Federal agents caught an alleged Chinese spy last week trying to smuggle something highly valuable out of the country. And he wasn't alone.
  • Police Use Fake Dating Site Profile to Nab Suspect: Virginia police get points for creativity in rounding up a court no-show. A lieutenant created a fake profile of "Sasha" on the online dating site OKCupid, then set about wooing 24-year-old Ryan Covington. His heart did him in.
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