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'Bathroom Bandit' Steals One Thing—And It's Weird

Police in Columbus, Ohio, are looking for him

(Newser) - Police in Ohio's capital are searching for a man who's been pilfering plumbing from stores, hospitals, and restaurants. Dubbed the Bathroom Bandit, Columbus police say he enters various local establishments, visits the men's restroom, disconnects the plumbing, and leaves with the stolen parts in his backpack. A... More »

Texas Cops Go on High-Speed Food Fight

Thief pelted officer's car with steaks: police

(Newser) - What a waste of perfectly good beef. Authorities in Longview, Texas, say they tried to pull over a suspect accused of stealing steaks from a local Walmart on Wednesday, but the man kept on trucking, hitting speeds of 100mph as he fled through two counties, per the New York Daily ... More »

Buddhist Monk Is Philly's Newest Crimefighter

61-year-old tried to take down thief who interrupted his lotto session

(Newser) - Don't mess with Philadelphia's men of the cloth—especially if those cloths are orange. A 61-year-old Buddhist monk at a lottery machine in a Philly gas station Jan. 3 was targeted by a thief who probably assumed the holy man was an easy mark, the Philadelphia Daily News ... More »

Daring Suspect Hops Fence, Steals Police SUV

Also: There was a loaded rifle inside the vehicle

(Newser) - A suspect in Washington state arrived at the Auburn Police Department's secured city lot on a bicycle Sunday evening and left in a police SUV that had a full tank of gas and a fully loaded rifle inside, KIRO 7 reports. A police commander tells Q13 Fox that the... More »

Cops: Serial Wedding Crasher Ripping Off Bridal Suites

Arrest warrant out for 50-year-old woman accused of stealing from bridal parties

(Newser) - Southern California authorities have issued a $100,000 arrest warrant for a 50-year-old wedding "guest" who has slipped into bridal suites at about a half-dozen ceremonies and lifted cash, credit cards, and checks while the real guests were celebrating with the bride and groom, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.... More »

Phone Thief's Mistake: So Many Selfies

They were uploaded to iCloud of stolen phone's owner

(Newser) - People just don't learn , do they? A woman who allegedly stole a high school student's iPhone in California has given police a break in the case thanks to … a selfie—or rather, several of them. Police say an as-yet unidentified woman approached the 15-year-old student in El... More »

After 350-Mile Pursuit, a Rest Stop Jewelry Heist

Thieves appear to have trailed a van after it left a jewelry trade show

(Newser) - Four thieves police are describing as "very patient" pounced on a small window of opportunity yesterday morning and walked away with at least a half-million dollars. Officials near Rochester, Minn., say a van that left a diamond and jewelry trade show in Chicago on Sunday drove 350 miles over... More »

American Flag Flown at WTC After 9/11 Stolen

Flag had been given to family of fallen firefighter

(Newser) - After 29-year-old Jonathan Ielpi was killed while responding to the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the fallen firefighter's sister Melissa Brengel was given an American flag that flew over the WTC during the clean-up. "We put it out during certain times of the year just to... More »

Groom Says Vows, Then Chases Thief

Groom, dad, and brother chase him through town

(Newser) - Jared Lightle didn't need his running shoes to chase a thief. After a renewal of vows ceremony with his wife, Stephanie, Lightle found himself running after one ... in patent leather shoes. The groom was loading gifts into his car in the parking lot at the Scottish Rite Temple in... More »

Paris Jewel Thief Caught After He Kissed Hostage

He was trying to 'ease her trauma,' but the DNA did him in

(Newser) - Ah, l'amour. Police have captured an admitted jewel thief in Paris, and all because he made the last-second mistake of planting a kiss on his hostage. In April the 20-year-old, identified only as "Pierre G," and an accomplice allegedly followed a 56-year-old jewelry store employee home, where... More »

Legendary Thief Caught by Retired Archnemesis

Lonnie Mason had been on Blane Nordahl's trail for decades

(Newser) - It's a criminal tale that reads like Catch Me If You Can. At its center: a thief of antique silver alleged to have burgled 500 homes over 30 years (including that of Ivanka Trump) and the retired detective who spent his career trailing him. Blane Nordahl was arrested yesterday... More »

Guy Starts Robbery, Changes Mind, Gets Free Pizza

He breaks down, says family is hungry

(Newser) - A man who apparently summoned the courage to rob a Montana pizzeria changed his mind as the clerk started to hand him money, broke down crying, and ended up leaving with a pizza to feed his hungry family. Just after midnight one night this week, a man wearing a hooded... More »

Patron Tries to Buy Beer With Bartender's Stolen Card

Surprised barkeep calls cops, gets arrest

(Newser) - A guy strolls into a bar and buys a beer with a credit card. He is then swiftly arrested. The guy, a 53-year-old homeless man in Miami Beach, purchased his brew from the exact wrong bartender ... because he happened to be using the bartender's stolen credit card, reports the... More »

Drunk Thief Falls Asleep in the Middle of Burglary

Cops find Russian man passed out in apartment owner's bed

(Newser) - Note to would-be thieves: You may not want to get drunk while breaking and entering. A man in Russia did just that, authorities say, and he was ultimately brought down by the bottle of vodka he found and drank while attempting to burglarize an apartment in Moscow. He ended up... More »

Casino 'Mugger' Was Really Sleepwalking: Lawyer

Says alleged mugger has history of sleepwalking

(Newser) - A man accused of an attempted mugging at a Connecticut casino can't be blamed for his actions, his lawyer says: He was sleepwalking. Winston Riley is accused of trying to rob a woman at knifepoint in a casino elevator. After she pushed him away, he ran for it, but... More »

Actual 'Hamburglar' Raids McDonald's Drive-Thru

But restaurant won't press charges

(Newser) - A real-life "Hamburglar" hit a drive-thru in Maine on Sunday night, the Kennebec Journal reports. The unidentified male, thought to be a teenager, ran between the Augusta McDonald's drive-thru window and a waiting car, snatching a bag of food just as an employee handed it outside. A nearby... More »

Thief Swipes Obama's Teleprompter

Truck containing $200K of equipment stolen in Virginia

(Newser) - He took the words right out of Barack Obama's mouth—sort of. A thief (or thieves...) in Henrico, Va., made off with a truck that just so happened to contain the president's teleprompter, podium, related audio equipment, and, should he have been unclear on just who he... More »

Friars Pray for Diarrhea Vengeance

God asked to give the runs to Bible thief

(Newser) - Franciscan friars at an ancient church in Florence are praying for a vengeful God to deliver a dose of the squits to a Bible thief. A rare and expensive Bible vanished from the lectern this week, and a replacement donated by a worshipper disappeared a few hours later. A notice... More »

Contortionist Luggage Thief Hid in Suitcase

5-foot-10 Contortionist described as 'very thin'

(Newser) - A man was arrested in Spain after curling himself up inside a large suitcase that was placed in an airport bus cargo bay and sneaking out to steal from other people's luggage, police said today. The man arrested last week was 5-10 and very thin, and an accomplice was... More »

Thief Chops Off Woman's Hair at Bus Stop

Brazilian loses her waist-length, 'virgin' hair

(Newser) - A thief in Brazil cut off and stole a woman's long hair while she waited at a bus stop, according to authorities, who say the hair was virgin, meaning it had not been chemically treated, and will probably be sold for the production of wigs. The man used a... More »

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