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Spelling Error Gets Woman Busted for Poisoning

It's 'dignity,' not 'dignerty'

(Newser) - Here's one reason you might want to pay attention to your spelling lessons, kids: They may come in handy one day should you ever want to ... poison your husband? Behold, the strange case of Jacqueline Patrick. The 55-year-old British woman tried to fatally poison her husband not once, but... 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 »

Woman's Ill-Advised Halloween Stunt: Petting a Tiger

She might lose parts of her fingers as a result

(Newser) - Halloween really did involve horror for an Omaha., Neb., woman who reportedly slipped into a zoo and stuck her hand in a tiger cage. Police say Jacqueline Eide, 33, jumped a fence into Henry Doorly Zoo as early as 4am on Sunday and headed for Mai, an 18-year-old Malayan tiger.... More »

'Cupcake Burglar' Busted Thanks to Frosting

It wasn't hard for Michigan police to track her down

(Newser) - A home burglary in Alpena, Mich., was solved pretty quickly, thanks to some literal icing. Cops say a woman broke into a home early Sunday, knocking over a tray of cupcakes and other items before she fled when the homeowner confronted her, Michigan Live reports. Police found the suspect a... More »

Alleged Jewelry Thieves Left Parting Gift in Guest Book

Tip: Don't leave contact info if you're going to lift valuables from an art gallery

(Newser) - Signing the guest book at a wedding or funeral: fine. Signing one at an art gallery you're accused of stealing from: not the best idea. That's what one Florida couple allegedly did Saturday night when they visited ICFA Gallery in Palm Beach, reportedly lifting the owner's gold... More »

Fla. Man Picks Absolute Worst Time to Hit Deputy's Car

While allegedly drunk, at a pot bust

(Newser) - Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and in the wrong state of mind. Deputies and aviation unit members from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office had just made a head-turning find in a mangrove patch near Tampa, Fla., Sunday night when a second head-turning thing... More »

Man's Fashion Choices Get Him Busted for Burglary

He probably shouldn't have used BMX bike as getaway vehicle, either

(Newser) - A burglary suspect dubbed "The Man of Steal" by local media was busted Tuesday by Philly police after his fashion choices made him easy to ID, the Philadelphia Daily News reports. Kyree Henneghan, 18, was nabbed trying to sell a stolen laptop from his BMX bike (his alleged getaway... More »

Cops: Bank Robbers Posed With Cash on Facebook

Ohio suspect had only been out of prison a few weeks

(Newser) - There's dumb criminals , dumb selfies , and then there's this guy. Police in Ohio say their search for a bank robber was made easier when suspect John Mogan and his girlfriend posted photos on Facebook of themselves posing with big wads of cash, the Circleville Herald reports. The 28-year-old,... More »

Guy Sets Car on Fire to Save It From Tow: Cops

New Hampshire man's alleged plan didn't turn out so hot

(Newser) - No one wants their car towed, but Shad Badeau really didn't want his car towed, police say. The 40-year-old New Hampshire man was arrested Sunday evening after cops in Manchester say he approached a tow truck that had been called to take away an illegally parked vehicle—his own—... More »

Guy Wears Stolen Shirt in Mugshot for Another Crime

And gets busted for that theft, as well

(Newser) - Derek Benson wore a sweatshirt that said "libre" ("freedom") on it for a 2014 mugshot, but he got quite the opposite after a man contacted police in Glastonbury, Conn., to report he had seen the mugshot and that Benson, 30, was wearing the victim's Coco Libre... More »

Cops: Burglar Came Back for Stuff Left Behind

Namely, his car keys, car

(Newser) - If only Caleb Shay Funke had invested in a clap-automated key finder . The 22-year-old showed up at the scene of a home burglary in Twin Falls, Idaho, on Saturday and was arrested shortly thereafter for the crime—all because cops say he left his car keys in the house, the... More »

Cops Recover Stolen Diamond —in Woman's Intestine

Nature and laxatives failed to get it out

(Newser) - A police investigation in Thailand has literally gotten to the bottom of the theft of a $278,000 diamond last week. Police Col. Mana Tienmaungpak said today that a doctor wielding a colonosope and the medical equivalent of pliers pulled the 6-carat gemstone from the large intestine of the Chinese... More »

Bad Idea: Trying to Buy Weed, Texting a Cop

A narcotics cop, at that

(Newser) - We've all sent dumb texts, but it takes a truly epic blend of idiocy and terrible luck to replicate the life and times of one William Lamberson of Port St. Lucie, in why, yes, Florida. According to police, 29-year-old Lamberson was looking to score a little weed, so he... More »

Desperate Burglar Stuck in Elevator Calls 911: Cops

But not before he got to joyride on a middle-school buffing machine, police say

(Newser) - Thousands of students are entering middle school this week, but one teen apparently entered a Delaware middle school a little too soon, and illegally, the AP reports. Cops say Michael Claude, 19, broke into Laurel Middle School yesterday and told them he took a Labor Day joyride through the halls... More »

Man Carved Name on Alamo Wall With Car Key: Cops

Now there's $250K in damages at the World Heritage site

(Newser) - Julio Perez will likely remember the Alamo for a long time to come, mainly because he's being accused of damaging it to the tune of $250,000, KENS 5 reports. Police say the 22-year-old Texas man tried to carve his name with a car key into a 250-year-old wall... More »

Guy Applies for Job, Sends Naked Pics to HR: Cops

He did not get the job

(Newser) - An Illinois job applicant either has terrible follow-up skills or terrible texting skills, but either way, he's out of a new gig. Elmhurst police say they took in a report on Aug. 14 from the HR manager of a St. Charles company that alleged one of the candidates for... More »

This Woman's Alleged Crimes: Keying Cars, Bad Spelling

Shannon Csapilla keyed 'wore' into friend's car in jealous rage: cops

(Newser) - There's no time to consult a dictionary in the midst of a jealous rage, apparently. Police in Connecticut say they charged a 20-year-old woman with criminal mischief on Thursday after she allegedly keyed the cars of her ex and a former friend but misspelled a key word in the... More »

Man Arrested After Posting on Cops' Facebook Page

Cops deliver rhyming comeback

(Newser) - Facebook, the downfall of many a cocky criminal , may have reeled in a new one. Logan Hale of Florida's Polk County was suspected of breaking into a home on Aug. 3 and stealing a shotgun and thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry. Police explained all this in a Friday... More »

Burglary Suspect Butt-Dialed 911 to Tell Them His Plans

Scott Esser really took the magic out of policework

(Newser) - Dialing 911 ought to be a little more difficult: New Jersey authorities say a man planning a burglary inadvertently dialed 911—which prosecutors note, via NJ.com , is "commonly referred to as a 'butt dial'"—allowing dispatchers to listen in on his conversation. Somerset County prosecutors... More »

Drone Drops Drugs at Prison, Inmate Fight Ensues

What did you think would happen?

(Newser) - A drone dropped a package of drugs into an Ohio prison yard while inmates were outside, sparking a fight. The package was dropped last week at the Mansfield Correctional Institution, about 65 miles southwest of Cleveland. It contained almost a quarter of an ounce of heroin, over 2 ounces of... More »

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