An Oh-So-Ironic Arrest: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week
Also: a very creative, and illegal, Christmas tree
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2016 5:10 AM CST
Updated Dec 30, 2016 8:33 AM CST
One of the accused Canadian sisters, Jyoti Matharoo.   (Instagram)

(Newser) – A familiar Internet tale that gets flipped on its head and a too-easy shoplifting arrest were among the week's police-blotter highlights:

  • Sisters Allegedly Try Internet Scam on Nigerian Billionaire: Someone alert Alanis Morissette because a Nigerian billionaire is apparently on the receiving end of an alleged internet scam. The ironic situation is unfolding around two sisters from Toronto—Jyoti and Kiran Matharoo—recently arrested in Lagos, Nigeria. They're accused of using their website as a blackmail tool, and prosecutors say they've been very busy.
  • Lawyer Gets Punched, and Alleged Source Is a Surprise: It's possible that lots of people have entertained the thought of sucker-punching a lawyer every now and then. But if you happen to be a judge, it would be especially wise to suppress said urge. A parole judge in New York is accused of doing the opposite.

  • This Christmas Tree Would Get You High: Police in Cheltenham, England, made quite the seasonal drug bust. When officers raided a home, they discovered a marijuana-themed Christmas tree. A must-see image shows officers holding trimmings that got the residents in big trouble.
  • Police Get an Easy Jump on Shoplifting Suspect: A pawn shop in Marietta, Ga., got robbed, but what makes this story unusual is the not-so-hard-to-follow trail of evidence. Police say their man actually filled out a pawn ticket before the deed, meaning he left the clerk with all of his driver's license information and even a fingerprint. Said suspect is now in custody, and cops had some fun on Facebook.
  • Huge Fur Heist Goes Down in NYC: If you're going to pull off a Madison Avenue robbery on Christmas Eve, you might as well go as big as possible. That appeared to be the goal of three thieves who broke into a Dennis Basso store in New York City and lifted more than 20 pieces worth upward of $200,000 each. Based on what they didn't take, it was clear they knew a lot about furs.
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