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Cops Follow Easy Trail to Suspect's Home

It came from grease of stolen deep fryer

(Newser) - It didn't take Columbo: Police investigating a home burglary in Oklahoma were able to follow the grease trail left by a stolen deep fryer straight to a suspect's home, reports WTHR . Cops in Chickasha say two men stole about $4,000 worth of goods from a neighbor, including... More »

Things You Don't Instagram: Your Bank Robbery

But suspect Dominyk Alfonseca says it wasn't a crime, merely a request of the teller

(Newser) - "I decided to go to the bank. She gave me money, and I left," Dominyk Antonio Alfonseca tells WAVY from his perch in jail. “I videotaped it. If it was a robbery, I don’t think I would videotape it, post the picture of the letter and... More »

Cops Laugh About Stoner's To-Do List on Twitter

No. 7: 'Go to bus stop'

(Newser) - Police officers are people, too. And like us, they share their hilarious finds on Twitter. Take this example: Police in Murdoch, Western Australia, were executing a search warrant on a house in Perth, relating to a burglary investigation, when they uncovered a rather amusing to-do list, News.com.au reports.... More »

Guy Makes Poor Choice in Liking a Facebook Post

Levi Charles Reardon was wanted. LIKE.

(Newser) - Pro tip for (alleged) criminals: If you see your photograph featured as a "most wanted" suspect on your local Crime Stoppers' Facebook page, maybe don't "like" the post. Alas, Montana 23-year-old Levi Charles Reardon did not heed that advice, and now an arrest that might otherwise have... More »

Dude Desperate to Make Court Swiped Pal's Car: Cops

After saying repeatedly he didn't have a ride

(Newser) - A New Jersey man has been accused of stealing a friend's car to avoid missing a court hearing on drug charges. Twenty-one-year-old Jorge Ramirez-Sierra of Riverdale has been charged with unlawful taking of a means of conveyance and driving while suspended, among other counts. Police tell NJ.com the... More »

Cops: Drunk Guy Crashed Truck, Swiped Forklift

To free his crashed truck

(Newser) - Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug, and sometimes you're the dude with a really good buzz driving a pilfered forklift three miles to fetch the truck you crashed and managed to leave dangling on a giant pipe in Alaska. Police in Fairbanks say the latter... More »

Man Hiding From Cops Foiled by Own Snapchat Post

He reveals location, quickly gets arrested

(Newser) - Someday, maybe, there will be a story about a fugitive taunting the police via social media that ends differently, but until then ... meet Christopher Wallace. As police were searching for him inside his home in Fairfield, Maine, the 24-year-old burglary suspect posted a message to Snapchat boasting that he was... More »

Cops: Criminal Mastermind's Disguise 'Ineffective'

Police somehow saw through Jose Espinoza's attempt at hiding

(Newser) - Pro tip: When the law is after you and you'd like to alter your appearance so as to avoid speaking with the aforementioned law, maybe try a fat suit or dyeing your hair. Probably what you don't want to do is spraypaint your face black, which is what... More »

Cops: Teens Mistook Man's Ashes for Cocaine

Alleged burglars threw them out after tasting

(Newser) - Three teens in St. Peters, Missouri, are accused of breaking into a home and stealing everything from cash to jewelry. One reason this police item is making headlines, however, is because police say the trio also stole what they thought was a box of cocaine, reports the Smoking Gun . Except,... More »

Guy Busted With Container Labeled 'Not Weed'

The container turned out to be mislabeled

(Newser) - He put his weed in there: The crack law enforcement in Lincoln, Neb., were apparently unfooled by a 21-year-old man's sour cream container labeled "Not Weed." As the Lincoln Journal-Star reports, the unnamed man was pulled over about 9pm on Saturday on suspicion of drunken driving. During... More »

Would-Be Car Thief Knocks Himself Out

Concrete block bounces off window, hits him

(Newser) - Three strikes and you're out, literally in this case. CCTV footage in County Louth, Ireland, shows a would-be car thief hurling a piece of concrete at a car window, only to have it bounce back, hit him in the head, and knock him out cold, reports the Irish Examiner ... More »

Partygoers Busted After One Butt-Dials 911

Whoops

(Newser) - Today's entry in the annals of " When Butt-Dials Go Wrong ": A Wisconsin teen's cellphone dialed 911 accidentally, and when police responded at 3:49am yesterday, they found an "underage drinking party" going on at a house in Rothschild, the Wausau Daily Herald reports. Five women... More »

Cops: Guy Attempted an Icy DUI Coverup

Bryan Byers and pal charged after cops say they tried to create black ice

(Newser) - New Jersey police say a man poured water on a freezing road to try to fool officers into thinking the cause of his drunken car crash was black ice. Twenty-year-old Bryan Byers, of Sparta, was arrested Saturday and charged with drunken driving and other offenses. Authorities say he hit a... More »

Another Misguided Selfie, Another Suspect in Custody

The latest comes from Pennsylvania, again

(Newser) - The latest entry in that ever-growing category of criminal suspects tripped up by their own selfies : Police in Ambridge, Pa., were searching for 22-year-old Donald Harrison on assault charges, but without much luck. That changed when Harrison posted images of himself on Facebook aboard a Greyhound bus, with captions helpfully... More »

Guy Lists 'Drug Dealer' as Occupation, on Arrest Report

Florida.

(Newser) - Robert Michael Phillips has seven felony convictions and more than a dozen arrests on his resumé—which he apparently feels earns him the right to list his occupation as "drug dealer," reports the Palm Beach Post . The slight problem being that he did so not on an... More »

Woman Calls Cop: Hi, Want to Buy My Drugs?

Unsurprisingly, he's interested in meeting up

(Newser) - Police say a woman selling drugs made a big mistake that landed her in jail—she mistakenly called an Albuquerque police detective. KOB-TV reports that 30-year-old Renea Lucero was arrested last week when she called the detective at his department-issued cellphone and made the officer an unexpected offer. Court documents... More »

Jailhouse Smuggling 101: Don't Use Greeting Cards

Sender's method of getting heroin into Western Tidewater Regional Jail failed

(Newser) - Someone, somewhere, must be unaware jail officials screen mail before handing it over to inmates. While checking the post at Virginia's Western Tidewater Regional Jail last week, officials came across a homemade card with the gift of heroin inside, WTKR reports. This was no isolated incident: Officials have recently... More »

What Not to Tell Police in the Wee Hours of Jan. 1

Daniel Pratts allegedly explained that everyone drives drunk

(Newser) - Shortly after the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1, a police officer in Vineland, NJ, says he saw Daniel Pratts greet 2015 by speeding through a stop sign and almost slamming into the car in front of him (which turned out to be a police K-9 unit), the Daily Journal ... More »

Guy in 'Seriously, I Have Drugs' Shirt Is Seriously Busted

With drugs. In Florida

(Newser) - The first rule about drugs is you never wear a shirt saying you have drugs. The second rule about drugs ... well, John Balmer of, why, yes, Florida, apparently didn't get past that first rule. As the Tampa Bay Times reports, Balmer was minding his own business in line at... More »

ISIS Fighter Mistakenly Reveals Location in Tweets

New Zealander is apparently unfamiliar with geotagging

(Newser) - A New Zealander who left home to fight with ISIS in Syria made it pretty easy for authorities to track his movements—he tweeted happily away as "Kiwi Jihadi" with his geotag tracking turned on, reports the Guardian . The mistake by Mark Taylor, also known as Abu Adbul-Rahman, was... More »

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