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Suspects in Chase Drive Right to LAPD Headquarters


(Newser) - It hasn't been a good week for drivers in LA leading police on high-speed chases. Early yesterday evening, one suspect led cops on a 100mph pursuit through the streets of Hollywood before unsuccessfully trying to escape on foot, the Los Angeles Times reports. Then three other suspects apparently wanted... More »

Honey-Don't List: 5 Craziest Crimes of Week

Including a NY man who used a bulldozer in a baffling way

(Newser) - An alleged "distracted-driver," a bulldozing-happy husband, and a Doogie Howser wannabe factor into the weirdest crime stories of the week:
  • Man Bulldozes Home While Wife Runs Errands : Picture this: You head out to run errands and return to find your home has been completely demolished ... by your own
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Alleged Thieves Arrested After Uploading Selfies

Owner of stolen iPad noticed images in his iCloud account

(Newser) - Two men in Houston have been christened by the Smoking Gun as the "country's dumbest iPad thieves." Why? Dorian Walker-Gaines, 20, and Dillian Thompson, 22, are accused of stealing an iPad, $5,000 in cash, a laptop, and other stuff from a parked vehicle, then posing for... More »

Drone Overloaded With Meth Crashes Near Border

It comes down in parking lot in Tijuana

(Newser) - Somebody in Mexico who failed to read the instructions is out more than 6 pounds of meth and a $1,400 drone, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune . Police say the battery-operated drone carrying 3 kilos of the drug crashed in a Tijuana parking lot Tuesday night, about a mile from... More »

Man Bulldozes Home While Wife Runs Errands

Surprise, honey!

(Newser) - Picture this: You've just stepped out of your New York home for a bit to run errands. You return to find the home completely demolished ... by your own husband. That's what happened to Diane Andryshak on Monday, News 12 reports. Her husband, James Rhein, 48, rented a bulldozer... More »

Cops: Teen Posed as OB/GYN for a Month

He walked halls of medical center with white coat, was caught in exam room

(Newser) - Apparently, the only thing necessary to pass yourself off as a doctor—an OB/GYN, no less—is an official-looking white coat. Fox 13 reports that a teenager pulled it off for a month at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. The center insists that the unnamed... More »

Man Ticketed for Eating Burger While Driving

Georgia cop says Madison Turner broke 'distracted driving' law

(Newser) - "You can't just go down the road eating a hamburger." That, Madison Turner says, is what a Cobb County, Ga., police officer told him "three times" after pulling him over last week for distracted driving. Turner had been enjoying a double quarter pounder with cheese from... More »

Woman Glitter-Bombs Ex-Boss's Office, Gets Arrested

Samantha Lockhart allegedly used her swipe card to get in

(Newser) - It may not seem like such a terrible idea to glitter-bomb your former boss's office after your last day at work—after all, it's not like they can fire you, right? Well, no, but they can have you arrested. That's what Samantha Lockhart found out the hard... More »

A Sticky Situation: 5 Craziest Crimes of Week

Including a drug-smuggling fail and a bank robbery allegedly done for art's sake

(Newser) - What do you get when you mix together chewing gum, vanilla extract, and lamb chops? A recipe for the weirdest crime stories of the week:
  • Boy, 9, Arrested in Sticky Court Situation : Here's something to chew on: a 9-year-old who was arrested in Idaho for stealing a pack of
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Cops: Men Caught With Stolen Lamb Chops

Footprints in the snow did them in

(Newser) - It's not on par with California's stolen walnuts or Canada's stolen syrup , but Washington state now has a food caper of its own: stolen lamb chops. As KREM2 reports, a sheriff's deputy stopped two men walking down a street in Spokane Valley with heavy-looking garbage bags... More »

Woman Caught Driving Drunk on Vanilla Extract

Carolyn Kessel says she drank two bottles of the stuff

(Newser) - Driving drunk is one thing. Doing it on two bottles of vanilla extract is at least sweeter, if just as dangerous. Carolyn Kesel, 46, was pulled over for driving erratically around a Walmart parking lot in Macedon, NY, last week, and told police she had downed two bottles of extract,... More »

Boy, 9, Arrested in Gum-Stealing Incident

Idaho kid allegedly blows off court date because he supposedly couldn't get there

(Newser) - Here's something to chew on: a 9-year-old who was arrested in Idaho for stealing a pack of gum. Or rather, for skipping the court date at which he would have had to face up to his alleged candy-themed crime, the AP reports. Scott Haug, the police chief in Post... More »

Report: Ex-Prof Robs Bank for Own Film

Joseph Gibbons allegedly recorded robbery on camcorder

(Newser) - An offbeat former professor allegedly robbed a Manhattan bank on New Year's Eve and filmed it as part of an "art" project, the New York Post reports. Joseph Gibbons, 61, was charged yesterday with robbing a Capital One branch in Manhattan of $1,000 while holding a camcorder.... More »

Bad Fashion Choices: 5 Craziest Crimes of Week

Including an epic teen bash and a wardrobe malfunction (of sorts)

(Newser) - Lessons about what not to wear and what not to say are featured in the weirdest crime stories of the week:
  • Mom, Dad Spot Sons in Burglary Video : You know that heart-warming moment when you unexpectedly spot your kids on the evening news and they're ... apparently stealing electronics on
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Crooked Cop Drove Ferrari to Work

UK officer Osman Iqbal now serving 7 years

(Newser) - Police officer Osman Iqbal of Birmingham, England, had lucrative sidelines in drugs, prostitution, and money laundering—and he might have gotten away with it for longer if he hadn't started driving a $250,000 Ferrari to his day job. After the officer, who made roughly $60,000 a year,... More »

Mom, Dad Spot Sons in Burglary Video, Turn Them In

Boys were seen in an electronics store in North Carolina

(Newser) - You know that heart-warming moment when you unexpectedly spot your kids on the evening news and they're ... stealing electronics on a store's surveillance video of a burglary, not staying at an older sibling's house like they'd told you? Such was the experience of an unnamed couple... More »

Guard Made Inmates Play Patty-Cake, Hug: DA

Joseph Mullen charged with harassment

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania prison guard could find himself behind bars after prosecutors say he made rather bizarre requests of inmates. Prosecutors say Joseph Mullen, 28, told inmates at Bucks County Correctional Facility on numerous occasions he would let them out of their cells early if they exposed themselves. Another time, prosecutors... More »

Man Guilty of Raiding Grave in Search of 'Real Will'

Helped woman dig up her dad's coffin in New Hampshire

(Newser) - A man accused of helping a woman ransack her father's grave in search of his "real will" has pleaded guilty, and prosecutors in New Hampshire say that since he's so good at digging graves, he should have to help out at a cemetery as part of his... 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 »

Lawyer Dad Arrested Over Teen's Epic 'Playboy' Party

Police say underage partygoers were drinking

(Newser) - A lawyer in San Diego County found himself in trouble with the law when police busted up a party at his house to celebrate his daughter's 18th birthday. Theme: "Liv's Playboy Mansion," reports 10News . Deputies say somewhere between 150 and 200 teens were there, many of... More »

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