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Pranks Gone Wrong: 5 Craziest Crimes of Week

Including an unwanted houseguest and a man named Bacon

(Newser) - The theft of an item we didn't know was in demand and two head-smacking senior pranks are among the weirdest crime stories of the week:
  • Senior Prank Involving 72K Ladybugs Ends Poorly : It's high school graduation time, meaning we're going to see a bunch of stories like
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Bizarre Theft: Cow Gallstones

They're used in alternative medicine

(Newser) - Do a quick scan for "cow gallstones" on the Alibaba website and you'll see that they're quite in demand, whether you want to buy them by the gram, kilogram, or ton. So a 38-year-old Australian man accused of stealing a whole bunch of them must have thought... More »

When Raiding Chinese Tombs, Feng Shui Helps

Police bust the China's biggest black-market antiquities ring

(Newser) - Police in China say they've busted the biggest antiquities trafficking ring in the country's history with the arrest of 175 people and the discovery of more than 1,100 artifacts worth $80 million, reports the BBC . Most are thought to have been dug up illegally around ruins going... More »

Key to Killer's Conviction: Scrooge McDuck Medallion

Conn. police traced dead man's necklace to pawn shop

(Newser) - A Connecticut man could face life in prison for a killing that police solved by tracking a gold chain and medallion featuring the Disney character Scrooge McDuck. A Hartford jury convicted 23-year-old Tyquan Turner of felony murder, robbery, and conspiracy yesterday. Police said he and an accomplice killed 25-year-old Miguel... More »

Cops: Auburn Lab Tech, 64, Sold Date Rape Drug

University employee isn't your typical drug dealer

(Newser) - He wouldn't fit the typical profile of a campus drug dealer, but authorities say a 64-year-old chemistry lab technician at Auburn University was just that. And they say Stephen Howard wasn't just peddling weed, but a date rape drug, reports WTVM . Howard is accused of using his lab... More »

Man Named Bacon Gets in Trouble Over Sausage

Thomas Bacon charged with simple assault after fight over the meat

(Newser) - Pity poor Thomas Bacon, who is grabbing headlines for what might be a mundane arrest—were it not for his last name and the role sausage allegedly plays in the story. NJ.com reports the 19-year-old has been charged with simple assault in connection with a May 12 incident. Police... More »

Senior Prank Involving 72K Ladybugs Ends Poorly

This poorly: criminal charges are involved

(Newser) - A new entry in the senior-prank-gone-awry category : A number of Maryland high school students found themselves on the wrong side of the law after allegedly breaking into their high school at 3:40am Wednesday and dispersing 72,000 ladybugs. The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office has identified seven... More »

Cops: Woman Offers Man Massage, Sets Him on Fire

Then allegedly takes off in his van

(Newser) - A man's massage came with a decidedly unhappy ending in Harrisburg, Pa., Saturday: The man says Christina Leach, 27, offered him the massage in his home, then tied him to a bed, poured something flammable on his upper torso, and set him on fire. Leach, who allegedly then fled... More »

Elderly Woman Discovers Guy Living in Her Home

Police say her caretaker's boyfriend had secretly moved in on second floor

(Newser) - A woman in her 80s who lives alone in Pennsylvania wasn't actually living alone, it turns out. Police in Bedford say that a 49-year-old man had secretly moved in and was living on her second floor for several weeks, reports WJAC-TV and the Bedford County Free Press . His rent-free... More »

Misguided Meth Lab: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a perp who picked the wrong would-be victim

(Newser) - A deep-fried flub and elderly bank robbers factor into the weirdest crime stories of the week:
  • Sex Attacker Went After a Woman—but She's a Kickboxer : An unnamed British woman was walking home around 2am one night in August when Mark Willis suddenly jumped out, pushed her over a
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Sex Attacker Went After a Woman ... She's a Kickboxer

UK man 'bit off more than he could chew' with his target, judge says

(Newser) - A UK woman who'd been taking kickboxing lessons for two years didn't cut off Mark Willis' oxygen flow because she thought she'd get some cash out of it; she did it because she was trying to survive. But a judge awarded $785 to the unnamed woman as... More »

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 »

Elderly Suspects Arrested for Daring London Heist

Oldest of 9 Hatton Garden suspects is 76

(Newser) - When a huge amount of cash and gems was stolen from a secure vault in London over Easter weekend, the daring theft was described as an "old-school heist"—and just how old school is now apparent. A 76-year-old man and his 50-year-old son were among nine people arrested... More »

Cops: Teen Tries to Steal News Van, With Reporter Inside

It was a surprise to both of them

(Newser) - A California teenager who spotted an idling van in front of Oakland City Hall couldn't resist the temptation to jump into the driver's seat and try to steal it, police say. The problem is that the unmarked vehicle happened to be a KPIX news van—with reporter Da... More »

Alleged Serial Bride Jilts Court Hearing

Arrest warrant issued for Liana Barrientos

(Newser) - Liana Barrientos showed up for 10 marriages in the space of 11 years , prosecutors say, but she didn't show up for her date with a judge in Bronx Supreme Court yesterday. She was charged with fraud last month over the multiple marriages, and a warrant for her arrest was... More »

Man Pleads Guilty to Giving Deadly Wedgie

His stepfather was strangled by own underwear

(Newser) - It is likely the first fatal atomic wedgie on record but prosecutors won't have to try to reconstruct it in the courtroom. An Oklahoma man has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of his stepfather, who was found dead with his underwear pulled over his head, with... More »

Meth Lab Found in Home of Third-Grade Teacher

Cops say she ran it with her husband

(Newser) - Shades of Walter White : A teacher in North Carolina has been charged with running a meth lab. Police say Lori Whitley, 38, and husband Gary Whitley, 41, ran a meth lab inside their own home near Zebulon. Both are in jail, and Lori Whitley has been suspended from her job... More »

Don't Chase the Bear: 5 Craziest Crimes of Week

Including bare butts and good old-fashioned bear chasing

(Newser) - A problem with Clamato and cheeseburger fraud are among the weirdest crime stories of the week:
  • Cops: No Drunken Bear-Chasing With Dull Hatchet : "Chasing bears through the woods drunk with a dull hatchet is strongly not advised" is something police really shouldn't have to spell out on their
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Bartender's Use of Clamato Leads to Shooting

And dog may have saved owner's life

(Newser) - If a bartender messes up an order, leaving without tipping is usually the standard response. But for bar patron Monte Hanson, 59, leaving a poor tip apparently wasn't going to cut it. The AP reports that Hanson apparently became enraged at bartender and neighbor Joe Lewis after Lewis made... More »

Mom Flees Burglar, Leaves Kid Inside—and It Ends Well

Unharmed 4-year-old girl leads police right to him

(Newser) - What should this 4-year-old be when she grows up? Our suggestion: police officer. The San Francisco Chronicle has the initially frightening story of woman who ran from her Antioch, Calif., home after seeing a man come inside through an unlocked door. She had her baby in her arms—but had... More »

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