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Fake 'Animal Control' Officers Are Stealing People's Dogs

Stolen purebreds have likely been sold: police

(Newser) - Men posing as animal control officers are stealing dogs in southern Illinois, authorities say, leading officials to warn dog owners not to leave their pets unattended. Perry County Sheriff Steve Bareis says two men seen driving a white pick-up truck with "Animal Control" written on the side are suspected... More »

3 Guys Busted in Theft of 200K Diapers

They were worth about $90K

(Newser) - Perhaps they wanted to start a daycare? Authorities in Rhode Island have made a third arrest in the case of 200,000 stolen diapers, reports ABC6 . According to police, a truck driver was to deliver 2,000 boxes of diapers, worth $90,000, to an Amazon distribution facility on Feb.... More »

Alanis Victim of 2nd Multimillion-Dollar Theft

Thieves made off with $2M from LA home

(Newser) - More bad luck for Alanis Morissette: Police say burglars broke into the Canadian singer's Los Angeles home and stole a safe containing $2 million in jewelry, the Los Angeles Times reports. Morissette, her husband, and their two children weren't home at the time of the Feb. 9 break-in... More »

Gang Steals $3M in Books in Hollywood-Esque Heist

They cut through skylights, rappelled down

(Newser) - It was a heist worthy of Hollywood: Thieves targeted a London warehouse temporarily holding some of the world's rarest books, cut through its skylights, rappelled down, and made off with more than $3 million in bounty, reports the Telegraph . In total, the trio nabbed more than 160 books, and... More »

Conn. Pastor Accused of Not-So-Holy Crime

William Marshall allegedly stole electricity

(Newser) - The man upstairs was apparently unwilling to send down a lightning bolt to help a pastor in Connecticut, who's accused of stealing more than $8,000 in electricity. William Marshall of Life Worship and Deliverance Center in Bridgeport also runs a tattoo parlor/barbershop that had its power cut in... More »

Guy Named 'Cheese' Allegedly Steals Pizza

Sheldon Cheese, 17, is charged with robbery

(Newser) - Police have arrested a man in connection with a pizza theft in Pennsylvania and his name is … Cheese. According to police documents, Sheldon Cheese, 17, and another man (whose name is not Pepperoni) held a pizza delivery man at gunpoint in Penn Township on Jan. 24 before making off... More »

Furs Worth Millions Stolen From Posh NYC Shop

Owner Dennis Basso says it could be 'the largest fur heist' ever in the Big Apple

(Newser) - 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 what the New York Times calls "three discriminating speed shoppers" who broke into a Dennis Basso store in New... More »

Cops: Gold Flakes Thief Is Hiding Out in LA

He swiped $1.6M bucket from truck in NYC

(Newser) - New York City police say they believe the opportunistic thief who swiped an 86-pound bucket of gold flakes worth nearly $1.6 million off an armored truck in Manhattan is hiding out on the West Coast. Detectives say the man fled to Orlando, Fla., after the Sept. 29 theft before... More »

They Prepped for Doomsday, Got Foiled by Burglars

Small arsenal stolen from 'prepper' Teena Brayen's family in Ohio

(Newser) - A Cleveland couple was ready for the apocalypse—but apparently not for thieves. Teena Brayen says burglars broke into her home early Tuesday while her family was sleeping and made off with five shotguns, a high-powered rifle, a pellet gun, $1,000 worth of ammunition, 12 machetes, smoke grenades, a... More »

6 Pieces of Advice From Burglars

Watch those bumper stickers

(Newser) - Portland's KGW wanted to give viewers some advice on how to keep their homes safe from burglars, so they went straight to the source—in the form of questionnaires sent to 86 inmates serving time for burglary in Oregon. Here's a sampling of responses:
  • Avoid tip-offs: "NRA
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News Anchor Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Cop's Headphones

While going through airport security, no less

(Newser) - A Los Angeles news anchor was arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing expensive headphones from a cop while going through an airport security line. The Los Angeles Times reports a passenger was going through the security line at Los Angeles International Airport when she noticed her headphones were missing. TMZ notes... More »

Cop Charged With Theft Thanks to Own Body Camera

Julian Archuleta claimed money 'must have fallen in his bag'

(Newser) - A Denver cop who claimed $1,200 "must have fallen into his bag" at the scene of a car crash was arrested and suspended without pay after footage from his own body camera told a different story. The footage showed Julian Archuleta, a 48-year-old who has been on the... More »

Lock Stops Bike Thieves by Making Them Throw Up

SkunkLock emits 'noxious' vomit-inducing chemical

(Newser) - You wouldn't think a product that makes people lose their lunch would be a viable item to bring to market, but the inventors of SkunkLock are hoping their innovation will be a hit in the bike-riding community, the Guardian reports. The creators of the crowdfunded Indiegogo project , billed as... More »

Thief May Have Thought Human Ashes Were Drugs

Mass. woman says her mom's remains were stolen out of her Jeep

(Newser) - A woman whose mother's ashes were stolen from her car fears an addict stole and ingested them thinking they were drugs, the AP reports. Carolyn Parker tells the Enterprise of Brockton, Mass., the ashes were in a plastic bag inside a small white box in her glove compartment. They... More »

A Wheelchair, a $37K Rolex, and Now a Plea Deal

That's just how Larry Johnson rolls; too bad the jewelry theft didn't pan out

(Newser) - It's not clear whether a watch thief was inspired by the word "roll" in "Rolex," but he didn't get away with his wheelchair scheme either way, pleading guilty Wednesday to charges of robbery, larceny, and assault, the AP reports. Per the Connecticut Post , Larry Johnson... More »

Cops: Mint Worker Smuggled Out $135K in Gold —in His Butt

Leston Lawrence is accused of stealing a lot of precious metal in Canada

(Newser) - A man whose job was to test gold for purity at the Royal Canadian Mint is accused of stealing $135,000 in precious metal—in his rectum. Leston Lawrence, 35, was known to set off the Mint's metal detectors more often than most, but he always passed a search... More »

Eating a Cop's Fries Is Apparently Illegal

A Maryland woman learned that the hard way

(Newser) - Stealing food off a friend's plate might be acceptable, but it's best not to take such liberties with a police officer. Police tell Fox 5 that a 26-year-old Maryland woman and a friend started a conversation with an officer at a DC restaurant on Wednesday, then the first... More »

2 Charged With Stealing From Firefighters Battling Calif. Blaze

The suspects' own shoe prints helped bust them

(Newser) - What better way to thank the firefighters risking their lives to put out a forest fire in your community than by robbing them blind? Such is the case for US Forest Service firefighters as they arrived at a landfill Wednesday morning outside of Clearlake, Calif., ready to start working to... More »

Rival Bails Out Lawmaker Accused of Stealing His Signs

Tennessee's Curry Todd is charged with theft

(Newser) - Think the presidential campaign is wacky? A primary campaign in Tennessee might be even wackier than the presidential one. Republican State Rep. Curry Todd was arrested Monday, accused of stealing his opponent's campaign signs from a property in Collierville. A staffer for rival Mark Lovell caught the alleged theft... More »

Suspect Busted With 107 Stolen Sea Turtle Eggs

Officers say Florida man was taking them as the turtle was laying them

(Newser) - Jupiter is the big story in the news today, but Jupiter Island, Fla., is making headlines, too, for an entirely different reason, WJXT reports. Per a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Facebook post , a report came in about someone taking sea turtle eggs from a beach behind a local... More »

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