5 Craziest Crimes of the Week
Including one that provides a valuable lesson for drug smugglers
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2014 5:49 AM CDT
Updated Apr 18, 2014 8:18 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A good deed with unintended consequences and a suspect who put in a little too much effort to get to court make the list:

  • Clerk's Good Deed Ends in Cop Chase, Bust: When her cellmate asks, "How'd you get arrested?" Florida's Christina Hines, 30, has good reason to either laugh or cry. It all started when she accidentally left a $50 bill at a gas station, and things went downhill fast when a deputy began following her to return it.
  • Cops: Guy Steals Car to Get to Court: On the bright side, James Manning made it to court on time for his hearing on a drug-possession charge. The problem is that police say he stole a car from a neighboring California county to do so.

  • Suspect's Giveaway: He Was Walking Awkwardly: Pro tip: If you're going to smuggle heroin in your underwear, try to walk like a normal person while doing so. Bernard Charles apparently couldn't manage that, so when Customs and Border Protection officers spotted him "walking awkwardly" at New York's JFK Airport on April 1, they patted him down—and soon made an arrest.
  • Guy Fails to Pay for 89-Cent Refill, Gets Fined $525: When a construction worker refilled his drink at the VA Medical Center in downtown Charleston, SC, he had no idea it was going to lead to a fine of $525 (at least initially). In this case, it was, quite literally, a federal offense.
  • Guy Headed to Jail for Peeing on the Alamo: Daniel Athens is probably going to forever remember his decision to urinate on the Alamo back in April 2012. The El Paso resident learned this week how much time he'll have in prison to think all about it.
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