5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a Maserati owner who apparently likes the look of police cars

By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 15, 2014 5:39 AM CDT | Updated Aug 15, 2014 12:08 PM CDT

(Newser) – A low-tech gold heist and an ironic twist for a TV news crew make the list of odd police-blotter items:

  • Cops: Laborers Steal $1.2M in Gold: A secret stash of gold coins and bars is the stuff of fantasies. And when three construction workers found $1.2 million worth on the job in Normandy, police say stealing it from the landowner proved too tempting to resist.
  • TV News Crew Robbed Amid Report on 'Sketchy' Neighborhood: A news crew out of DC that set out to determine whether a local neighborhood was indeed as "sketchy" as a new app suggested ended up becoming crime victims. As the three-person crew from WUSA-TV interviewed residents, someone busted into the parked van and stole most of their gear.

  • Cops Unamused by Man's 'Police Maserati': A Massachusetts driver with a Maserati got charged with impersonating a police officer after making his $100,000 luxury Italian car look for all the world like a police cruiser. He did modify the "Protect and Serve" logo, however.
  • 78-Year-Old Busted at Airport With $41K in Bra, Girdle: A 78-year-old woman may lose nearly $41,000 earned from selling her home because she tried to smuggle it through Detroit Metro Airport—in her carry-on luggage, bra, and girdle. It seemed like an innocent mistake, actually, but the currency reporting violation may prove costly.
  • Fugitive's Mistake: Winning Cops' Doughnut-Eating Contest: When you're on the lam from police, it might be best to avoid entering doughnut-eating contests sponsored by the aforementioned police. Because you just might win and draw attention to yourself.
Click to read about more crazy crimes, including a man who allegedly asked Siri for help in covering his tracks.

File photo of gold bars.
File photo of gold bars.   (AP Photo)
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