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Roommate Ate Her $2 Yogurt. She Used DNA to Find Culprit

Definitely a reasonable reaction

(Newser) - You'll likely look more kindly upon even the most passive-aggressive roommate after reading this story out of Taiwan. A female student at Taipei's Chinese Culture University didn't resort to an angry fridge note after discovering one of her yogurt-drink containers empty in the trash of the home... More »

Guess What Someone's Accused of Stealing From Red Lobster

If you guessed a lobster, you'd be correct

(Newser) - You may not make the news if you simply steal a lobster, but if you're accused of taking it from a place named after the crustacean, you could be guaranteed a place among the day's headlines. That's what happened in St. Petersburg, Fla., where a 42-year-old woman... More »

UK Cops Bust Ross Geller Doppelganger

David Schwimmer in the clear after 36-year-old alleged thief arrested in London

(Newser) - UK police say they've identified the Ross Geller lookalike wanted for an alleged theft from a Blackpool restaurant in September. David Schwimmer's alibi must've proved solid as Lancaster Police on Tuesday announced the arrest of a 36-year-old man in Southall, west London, per the BBC . "Thank... More »

JK Rowling Sues Her Former Assistant

'Harry Potter' author says woman used business credit card to buy stuff for herself, including cats

(Newser) - A woman who worked as JK Rowling's personal assistant for more than three years allegedly used a business credit card issued to her by the Harry Potter author to buy stuff for herself—lots of stuff. In a new lawsuit against Amanda Donaldson, Rowling says her former employee benefited... More »

'Inundated' Cops: We Know Whether Friends Star Stole

Blackpool police appear to give David Schwimmer a pass

(Newser) - Alas, David Schwimmer didn't steal a case of beer in England after all—or so police are saying, CNN reports. "Could we BE any more overwhelmed with the response to our CCTV appeal about a theft at a restaurant in Blackpool?" police tweeted Thursday. "Most importantly, we'... More »

David Schwimmer Provides His Alibi

'As you can see, I was in New York'

(Newser) - Police investigating a restaurant theft in England may have given him the benefit of the doubt, but that wasn't enough for David Schwimmer. Given his resemblance to the suspect , the Friends star apparently felt the need to provide his alibi on Twitter . "Officers, I swear it wasn't... More »

USPS Just Had One of Its Biggest Inside Thefts Ever

It involves more than $630K worth of stamps

(Newser) - A Louisiana man who makes about $70,000 a year lost more than $650,000 gambling over the past seven years, casino records show—and federal prosecutors now say they know how he got the money to support his habit, the Times-Picayune reports. The DOJ is calling it "one... More »

Tragic End for Man Accused of Stealing Goldman Sachs Exec's Wine

Former personal assistant to David Solomon jumped to his death same day he was due in court

(Newser) - The former Goldman Sachs personal assistant accused of stealing $1.2 million worth of wine from his boss leaped to his death from a Manhattan hotel Tuesday, the New York Times reports. Nicolas De-Meyer had been scheduled to appear in federal court at 2:30pm that day on a criminal... More »

Thieves Pull Off Remarkable Vineyard Heist

A vineyard in southern Germany loses all its grapes

(Newser) - Brazen thieves have swept into southern Germany and stolen 3,527 pounds of grapes—leaving an entire vineyard stripped bare, Newsweek reports. A police report issued Monday says the perpetrators used a professional harvesting machine to gather up $9,200 of grapes used to make Riesling wine. Amazingly, the vineyard... More »

One of the 'Biggest Gun Thefts Ever' Is Tracked to Chicago

About 400 guns were taken from a UPS facility in Tennessee, per the ATF

(Newser) - Hundreds of guns that were stolen from a United Parcel Service facility in Tennessee were recovered Tuesday in the Chicago area, federal authorities say. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says most of the roughly 400 guns taken from a UPS facility in Memphis were found in Midlothian,... More »

Suspect in $4.3M Bank Theft Had Elaborate Getaway: DOJ

Extradited Alaska man drove, flew, cabbed it, and took a bus all the way to Mexico

(Newser) - Seven years after a bank in Alaska had more than $4 million lifted, the man suspected of stealing the money has been extradited back there—all the way from Mexico. A DOJ release reports that 33-year-old Gerardo "Gary" Adan Cazarez Valenzuela, who used to be the cash vault services... More »

Cops: His Boss Thanked Him With T-Shirt, So He Stole $96K

A tale of an allegedly disgruntled employee in India

(Newser) - It's a pretty extreme case of a disgruntled employee: The Times of India reports 37-year-old Dhan Singh Bisht was arrested last week after allegedly stealing $96,000 from his employer after being miffed about how a previous heroic gesture was rewarded. That employer, Reema Polychem Private Limited in Azadpur,... More »

Greeting Card Sting Ends in Postal Worker Plea Deal

Ebony Smith stole over 6,000 greeting cards stuffed with cash and checks

(Newser) - A Wisconsin postal worker has pleaded guilty to charges she stole over 6,000 greeting cards from residents on her route in the city of Wauwatosa. As part of a plea deal, Ebony Smith of Milwaukee admitted to taking the cards and pocketing between $50 and $100 per week. Per... More »

She's Accused of Eating on the Job—but Not Her Own Lunch

Ohio deli worker accused of devouring $9.2K of ham and salami, a handful of slices at a time

(Newser) - Vice's Munchies notes this case could be one of "thinly sliced larceny," but whether charges emerge remains to be seen. A loss-prevention manager at a Giant Eagle supermarket in Bolivar, Ohio, recently received an odd tip about a longtime employee at the deli counter: She was... More »

Winery Owner Wishes 'Painful Death' on Grape Thieves

Virginia's Firefly Hill Vineyards say nearly its entire harvest was stolen overnight Monday

(Newser) - A family-run Virginia winery is indefinitely closed and in the "grieving process" after a theft that stripped it of nearly all its grapes. Allison Dunkenberger, co-owner of Firefly Hill Vineyards in Elliston, tells the Roanoke Times that someone she thinks "knew something about the winery's operations" came... More »

Steps From Kim Kardashian Robbery, Thieves Hit a Princess

Saudi princess says $925K worth of jewels was stolen from her Paris hotel suite

(Newser) - Police have stepped up their presence in a Paris neighborhood ever since Kim Kardashian endured a frightening jewel robbery in her hotel there in 2016. That didn't stop another apparent heist on Friday afternoon from the Paris Ritz, where an unnamed Saudi princess said jewels worth more than $925,... More »

Casino Employee Walks Away From Keys, and $193K Is Taken

Wind Creek Montgomery casino suffered a theft on Aug. 10

(Newser) - Misplaced keys usually don't result in federal charges, but that was apparently the case in Alabama. The Montgomery Advertiser reports Timothy Dean Pettiway has been charged with theft from a gaming establishment on Indian lands after allegedly stealing $192,800 from Wind Creek Montgomery casino on Aug. 10. Federal... More »

In Connecticut Town, an Alleged Lunch-Lady Scheme

Sisters accused of stealing nearly $500K

(Newser) - Marie Wilson says "the only thing she is guilty of is feeding a child who had no money or giving somebody a cookie." New Canaan officials say otherwise—about Wilson and her sister, Joanne Pascarelli. The two women have been charged with larceny after allegedly stealing $478,588... More »

A Brazen USPS Scheme: One Worker, a Stolen Printer, 3 Helpers

Neglected printing machine was what jump-started fraud that cost the agency at least $100K

(Newser) - A neglected printing machine and nearly 200 blank money-order forms caught the eye of Marc Saunders sometime after he started working at the Postal Service's New Lisbon, NJ, branch in 2014. Four years later, Saunders has been hit with a five-year probation and ordered to pay the agency back... More »

Cincinnati Cop Tases Girl Accused of Stealing Food

Officer is on restricted duty amid investigation

(Newser) - A Cincinnati police officer is on restricted duty after using a Taser on an 11-year-old girl suspected of stealing food from a Kroger. "It's hard to understand why an 11-year-old would be tased. I expect answers in 24 hours," Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman tells the Cincinnati Enquirer... More »

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