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Ill-Advised Craigslist Deal: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

It wasn't a good idea to offer up pot for trade

(Newser) - A robber who asked the wrong person for directions and a would-be snowmobile buyer who offered the wrong trade to the wrong person make this week's list of crazy crimes:
  • Cops: Robber Asks Wrong Person for Directions to Bakery : Donald Newman-Smith allegedly robbed a convenience store in Stamford of
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Cops: Robber Asks Wrong Person for Directions to Bakery

Suspect stops investigator heading to crime scene

(Newser) - A sweet tooth and some extremely bad luck have spelled trouble for an alleged robber in Connecticut. Police say that Donald Newman-Smith robbed a convenience store in Stamford of $800, then decided to head to a local bakery to splurge on fancy cookies and espresso. The problem is he flagged... More »

Ill-Advised Craigslist Deal: Pound of Pot for Snowmobile

Unfortunately for Oregon guy, Craigslist seller of snowmobile was state trooper

(Newser) - Recreational marijuana is legal in the state of Oregon, but what's not is trading a bunch of it for a recreational vehicle—and it's extra likely to come to light if a cop is the one selling said vehicle. But Jason Owen allegedly tried to do just that... More »

Chronic Shoplifter Finally Jailed—Over $4.49 Advil

The lesson here is don't get caught shoplifting 12 times

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man has been jailed for stealing a $4.49 bottle of Advil because it was the 12th time he's been convicted of shoplifting, the AP reports. A Lancaster County jury convicted 51-year-old David Springer in June of taking the Advil from a Giant store last year. He... More »

Cops: Man on LSD 'Saves' Dog From Imaginary Fire

Yes, really

(Newser) - In his own way, Michael Orchard is a pretty brave guy. He saw his neighbor's house on fire, sped over in his car, smashed a sliding glass door, and rescued the family dog. Ah, but there's a "but," and it's spectacular. As the Albany Times ... More »

Trouble-Making Cookie Monster Is 'National Nuisance'

Adam Sandler, the man behind the blue mask, has left trail of complaints from coast to coast

(Newser) - "No one wants to hear the Cookie Monster say he's going to kill their family," says a man who filed a battery report against the Sesame Street character. The Los Angeles Times takes a long look at Adam Sandler (not that one), a man currently cavorting around... More »

Cops: Mom Joins Daughter in Jail After Mailing Drug to Her

Nadine Carroll allegedly sent an opioid to her incarcerated daughter

(Newser) - Authorities say a mother who mailed drugs to her incarcerated daughter is now an inmate in the same Florida jail, the AP reports. Monroe County Sheriff's spokesperson Becky Herrin said in a news release that a deputy at the jail near Key West found the envelope and noticed it... More »

Court: Sorry, Can't Blame Conviction on Yankees Cap

Man's appeal rejected

(Newser) - David Alcantara was wearing a Yankees baseball cap when he committed bank fraud and conspiracy to counterfeit currency, but his attempt to blame his conviction on the cap has failed. Alcantara committed his crimes in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut , and there's a legendary rivalry between New York Yankees... More »

Drive-Thru Fail: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a 911 operator who wasn't too into answering the phone

(Newser) - A husband who allegedly went to extremes to spend time with the boys and a Florida couple who couldn't quite make it through the drive-thru factor into this week's craziest crimes:
  • Couple Passes Out in Florida McDonald's Drive-Thru Line : A couple was found passed out in the
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'Tase His Ass!' Angry Judge Joins in Courtroom Struggle

'One thing I don't tolerate is disruptions in my courtroom'

(Newser) - Jackson County Circuit Judge John McBain got a little active at his desk job last December, a newly released video obtained by Michigan Live shows. After an uncooperative defendant kept questioning the validity of Judge McBain's authority—in the face of escalating jail time—and then started tussling with... More »

Thief May Have Thought Human Ashes Were Drugs

Mass. woman says her mom's remains were stolen out of her Jeep

(Newser) - A woman whose mother's ashes were stolen from her car fears an addict stole and ingested them thinking they were drugs, the AP reports. Carolyn Parker tells the Enterprise of Brockton, Mass., the ashes were in a plastic bag inside a small white box in her glove compartment. They... More »

Couple Passes Out in Florida McDonald's Drive-Thru Line

The driver, a sex offender, was arrested and charged with DUI

(Newser) - A couple was found passed out in the middle of the drive-thru at a Florida McDonald's Tuesday night, the Miami Herald reports. They ordered food at the drive-thru speaker around 10:30pm but never made it to the window to pick up their order. An employee went to check... More »

Cops: Bullet for 'Zombie' Nearly Kills Sleeping Man

Strange shooting in Minnesota

(Newser) - A man in North St. Paul, Minn., woke to the sound of breaking glass early Saturday and soon discovered he was lucky to be alive: Police say a bullet tore through his window and ricocheted near the head of his bed. Officers soon found 24-year-old Ryan Stanislaw walking in the... More »

Cops: Husband Faked Own Kidnapping to Hang With Pals

Rogelio Andaverde apparently really wanted to get out of the house

(Newser) - In fairness to Rogelio Andaverde, two masked men did force their way into his Texas home and take him away at gunpoint in front of his terrified wife. It's just that police say he staged the whole thing—because he wanted to spend some time with the boys and... More »

Burma Jails Tourist for Unplugging Speaker

It just happened to be blasting a Buddhist sermon

(Newser) - A Burma court sentenced a Dutch citizen to three months in prison Thursday for interfering with a religious observance in a most unusual way: He unplugged an amplifier blasting a late-night Buddhist sermon near his hotel in Mandalay. Klaas Haytema, 30, in handcuffs, wept with his girlfriend before he left... More »

Step Away From the Legos: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Also: inappropriate beach attire

(Newser) - A father-son altercation over the most bizarre of reasons and an unexpected pair of alleged vandals make the list:
  • Father and Son Have Lego Fight : A father and son got into a fight over the latter's toys that ended in arrest in Florida. Important to note: The man's
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National Guard Raids Grandma's Garden—for a Single Pot Plant

Margaret Holcomb, 81, says it eases her arthritis

(Newser) - Margaret Holcomb is an 81-year-old grandmother in Amherst, Mass., who says she has been growing one marijuana plant in her raspberry patch for years because it soothes her arthritis and glaucoma and also helps her sleep at night. So when a military-style helicopter descended on her garden (which is fenced... More »

Father Puts Away Childish Things for Son, Arrests Follow

The Florida father and son allegedly assaulted each other over Legos

(Newser) - A father and son got into a fight over the latter's toys that ended in arrest Tuesday night in Florida. Important to note: the man's son is 19 years old. The Smoking Gun reports police were called to the home of 46-year-old Nicholas Melice Sr. around 11pm. Apparently... More »

Saudi Teen Arrested Over Video Chats With US Girl

The dark side of viral fame

(Newser) - When a teenager in Saudi Arabia began chatting up an American woman online, he first found fame and then notoriety before he was arrested over concerns that his clumsy cyber flirtation violated the kingdom's conservative norms, reports AP . The teenager, known only by his online name of 'Abu... More »

Aussies' Racy Stunt at F1 Race Ends Badly

Government adviser among those arrested in Malaysia

(Newser) - Nine Australians, including a government adviser, have been arrested in Malaysia for stripping down to their briefs and drinking beer from shoes after Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo won the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix, officials tell the AP . Government officials say Jack Walker, adviser to Defense Industry Minister Chris Pyne,... More »

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