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'All Cats Are Beautiful' Bag Gets Woman Fined by Cops

'What a bloody disgusting country'

(Newser) - Maybe the officers were dog people? The Local reports a woman in Madrid was fined by police Sunday for carrying a bag that read "All Cats Are Beautiful." The two riot officers that stopped graphic designer Belén Lobero claimed the acronym on the bag—despite the drawing... More »

Woman Arrested for Domestic Violence While Wearing Very Ironic T-Shirt

Emily Wilson probably wishes she had chosen any other shirt

(Newser) - A social studies teacher from Maine was arrested on domestic violence charges last month—while wearing a "Stop Domestic Violence" T-shirt, the Bangor Daily News reports. Jezebel refers to this as the "bad kind of irony." Police say 38-year-old Emily Wilson was arguing with her husband in... More »

Burglary Victim Makes Teen Suspect Call 911 ... on Himself

And on his 2 accomplices

(Newser) - Give a child a punishment and you teach him a lesson for a day; make that child call in his own punishment and he'll likely remember it for a lifetime. That may have been the philosophy guiding an Oregon homeowner who the Coos County Sheriff's Office says found... More »

Guy Guesses Password, Changes Road Sign

...and now faces 10 years in prison

(Newser) - A 26-year-old man in central Texas allegedly couldn't resist temptation when he walked by an electronic road sign warning motorists about construction. Police say Geoffrey Eltgroth correctly guessed the username and password and changed the sign to read, "Drive Crazy Yall," reports the Austin American-Statesman . His first... More »

Mother Who Let Son Drive Golf Cart Charged With Child Abuse

A bizarre tale of police brutality during a family's vacation

(Newser) - A 43-year-old North Carolina mom let her 11-year-old son drive a golf cart on vacation and ended up being charged with child abuse. The Charlotte Observer has the bizarre he said/she said story. Julie Mall decided to let her underage son drive the two blocks from the beach to their... More »

His 'Cops Suck' Tattoo Amuses Cops

All ended with a laugh in Maine

(Newser) - The Bangor Police Department posted an unusual Facebook photo Monday: It shows a smiling officer next to a man displaying a "cops suck" tattoo on his knuckles, reports the AP . It seems police approached Russell Johnson over the weekend and asked him to "move along from his chosen... More »

Daring ATM Heist: 100 Thieves, 3 Hours, $13M

It happened in 7-Elevens all around Japan

(Newser) - A purported organized-crime incident in Japan put the emphasis on "organized" in a crime that RT.com is labeling "Ocean's 100." Cops believe that more than 100 thieves took part in a spree in Tokyo and 16 other prefectures on May 15, cleaning out 7-Eleven ATMS... More »

Police: Woman Kills Dog to Help Fake Miscarriage

Husband: 'I loved that dog, man'

(Newser) - An Alabama woman is facing felony animal cruelty charges after, authorities say, she killed her Chihuahua in a failed attempt to fool her husband into thinking she had a miscarriage. After killing the animal, Anita Parker, 43, allegedly sliced open its stomach to gather blood and tissue to aid in... More »

TV Reporter Accused of Pooping on Random Lawn

"I've been feeling very sick and I've been stuck in this van all day"

(Newser) - An Arizona TV reporter has been charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly defecating in someone's front yard. It appears Jonathan Lowe, 33, may lose his job as well: In its brief report about the on-the-job incident last week, Phoenix station KPHO/KTVK refers to Lowe as "a former KPHO/KTVK... More »

Twin Trouble: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including the worst babysitter ever and cat burglars who broke the mold

(Newser) - A misguided Twitter conversation and a bad babysitter are among the weirdest crime stories of the week:
  • Pot Lover's Twitter Exchange With Cops Goes Viral : "Who's in Sarasota, Fla., and has weed?" That was the question posed via Twitter earlier this month by a high school senior
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Mid-Carjacking, Robber Demands Bathroom Break

Then kicks victim's granny out of the room

(Newser) - A robber pulled a gun on a man in Berkeley, Calif., on Wednesday, then made off with his grandmother's car—but first, he demanded to use the guy's bathroom. Police say a resident was returning to the apartment he shares with his grandmother around 7am when a man... More »

Cops: Guy Posed as Senator to Avoid Paying Loan

Sidney Hines' alleged scheme didn't work

(Newser) - A man's alleged scheme to make officials forget about his outstanding loan not only failed, but could put him behind bars for up to 15 years. Police say Sidney Hines, 67, received a federal HomeSaver Advance loan for about $6,000 in 2008 on his home in New Port... More »

Cops Find Possible Car Thief Up a Tree

Zayvaughn Boutwell tried to elude arrest, police say

(Newser) - It won't go down in the annals of brilliant police chases: Police in Buffalo say a man driving a stolen car crashed it into a pole and kicked out a window to escape—only to be arrested hiding up a tree, reports the Buffalo News . The crash occurred after... More »

Would-Be Baby Snatcher No Match for Brave Nanny

'I thought he was going to take it'

(Newser) - A dedicated babysitter fought off a man who was allegedly trying to take a 4-month-old baby away from her Tuesday morning in San Bernardino, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reports. According to CBS Los Angeles , Carmen Perez had just put baby Chloe into her stroller when a man started hustling... More »

Cat Burglars Flip the Script, Boost Dogs in Hawaii

From a Humane Society shelter

(Newser) - "Don't label me" may have been what cat burglars who stole six dogs from a Humane Society animal shelter in Hawaii over the weekend were thinking during their transgression. Cops say the thieves ran off from the Kaui shelter with three mixed-breed pit bulls, two Airedale terriers, and... More »

Cops: Babysitter Takes Kids Along for Bank Robbery

She claimed there was a man threatening to hurt them

(Newser) - Apparently the Babysitters Club turned into more of a Babysitters Gang as they got older. The Coloradoan reports a 28-year-old babysitter allegedly used the two children she was taking care of to rob a bank Friday in Severance. Authorities say Rachel Einspahr pulled up to the drive-thru at the Colorado... More »

Teen Gets 9 Years for Kidnapping His Great-Grandma

He and his friends wanted her car

(Newser) - An 87-year-old Washington state woman had some advice for her great-grandson as he was sentenced Thursday for abducting her in 2015 in what the Tri-City Herald calls an "apparent murder plot" to steal her car. “Behave yourself in prison and maybe some day you will have a good... More »

Border Agents Find 1.4K Pounds of Pot Inside Coconuts

Marijuana seized, valued at $285K

(Newser) - Customs officers discovered more than 1,400 pounds of marijuana hidden inside fresh coconuts at the United States-Mexico border in Texas, the AP reports. A news release from the US Customs and Border Protection said officers in Pharr encountered a large semitrailer Monday hauling a commercial shipment of coconuts from... More »

Worst Dog Trick: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a hate-crime-committing pug and a bona fide 'Bathroom Bandit'

(Newser) - A couple of vengeful exes are among the weirdest crime stories of the week:
  • Cops: Guy Does $10K in Damage to Wrong House : Ajinka Kelka may be wishing he read the address a little more carefully. The 20-year-old New Jersey man is accused of seeking revenge against his ex-girlfriend's
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Guy Busted With DUI in Stolen Ambulance

That's not the only odd DUI charge this week

(Newser) - If you're bored on the University of Rochester campus after the bars let out, don't do as this student did: Police say 22-year-old Robert Cordaro Jr. hopped into a Rural Metro ambulance around 2:20am Thursday and drove a quarter of a mile until he crashed into a... More »

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