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'Florida Man' Birthday Challenge Is a Hit

You Google the 2 words, plus their birthday

(Newser) - Everybody knows "Florida man." He's the guy who shows up in bizarre crime stories that seem to bubble up out of the state. (Like so , or so , or so .) He's also why the Fark website, famous for its snarky headlines on bizarre stories, has a... More »

19-Year-Old's Alleged Plan to Get to Six Flags Is a Flop

Police say they found Jonathan Gualpa asleep in a stolen cab

(Newser) - He allegedly had a plan; the execution left something to be desired. Police say a 19-year-old New York City man wanted to go to Six Flags in New Jersey. To get there, Jonathan Gualpa allegedly decided to steal a taxi. Except the NYPD was able to track it via a... More »

Unicorn's Less Than Magical Morning: Theft, Crash, Hospital

2 men charged in convenience store robbery with crowbar

(Newser) - Too bad his costume didn't come equipped with wings. Police in Maryland have arrested a man accused of robbing a Baldwin convenience store while disguised as a pink and white unicorn. Per the Baltimore Sun , 28-year-old Jacob Rogge was wearing the full-body costume when he allegedly used a crowbar... More »

She Handed Over the Cash. Then Robbery Suspect Saw Her Balance

Man accused of robbing woman at ATM in China apparently had change of heart

(Newser) - It's not clear if this story should be filed under "weird crimes" or "uplifting news." The surveillance cameras tell the tale of the person now being dubbed "the world's kindest crook," with the footage coming out of Heyuan in China's Guangdong province.... More »

New Tool for Prison Contraband: T-Shirt Gun

Woman charged with using one to shoot drugs and phones over fence

(Newser) - An Oklahoma woman was arrested after authorities say she used a T-shirt gun to launch drugs, cellphones, and other contraband over a prison fence. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says the incident prompted a lockdown at the North Fork Correctional Unit in Sayre, about 120 miles west of Oklahoma City.... More »

The Safe Was Empty. Under It: a Body

Indiana police believe the man may have been a burglar

(Newser) - "I came in [the house] and told my wife, 'I think we've got a dead body out there.' She thought I was kidding." George Hollingsworth wasn't. The Marion, Ind., man was on Wednesday cleaning up his garage, which he suspected had been broken into... More »

Brothers' Bizarre, 'Stupid' Border Crossing Plot Revealed

They were arrested in October, full story is just now coming out

(Newser) - "This was more stupid than it was criminal." So says a Canadian prosecutor in the case of two brothers from Nova Scotia arrested Oct. 26, 2018, after getting a Canada-US border checkpoint shut down for half a day, and charged with committing a terrorist hoax. On Friday, those... More »

'Paucity of Meat' on Mexican Pizza Enrages Taco Bell Patron

Meanwhile, a missing order of hot wings from Domino's spurred a separate incident

(Newser) - Two cases of fast-food fury to report on, starting with an incident out of Spartanburg, SC, on Wednesday, when a customer at a Taco Bell drive-thru apparently didn't appreciate what the Smoking Gun calls "a paucity of meat" on his Mexican Pizza. A police report indicates that a... More »

He Refused to Go Back to Prison—Until the Pizza Arrived

Florida suspect nabbed after 4-hour standoff

(Newser) - "Never underestimate the power of pizza with flavored crust." That's according to Florida's Pensacola Police Department, whose promise of pizza convinced a suspect to surrender Tuesday, thereby ending a four-hour standoff. Cops responding to a report of a possible battery arrived at a home around 10am... More »

Cops: Man Faked Abduction to Get Out of Super Bowl Payout

Robert Brandel allegedly lost his pool, didn't have the money to pay winners

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Rams weren't the only Super Bowl losers. A 60-year-old New York man was arrested Wednesday over what police say was a fake abduction tied to a Super Bowl betting scheme. The Buffalo News reports Robert Brandel of North Tonawanda was discovered bound in the back seat... More »

Buffet Erupts in Brawl Over Crab Legs

2 diners in Alabama were arrested

(Newser) - Two people were arrested after diners at a buffet restaurant in Alabama got extremely crabby. Huntsville police officer Gerald Johnson says he had just gotten his food at the Meteor Buffet when a brawl erupted among diners who had been waiting for crab legs. "There's a woman who'... More »

Fugitives Taunt Police, Who Are Up to the Challenge

After 'Do ya job' post, three wanted women are arrested

(Newser) - Three women wanted in thefts around Atlanta allegedly taunted police online, telling officers on Instagram to "Do ya job." Now they're in jail. They were arrested Sunday after a brief chase when an Indiana trooper spotted a speeding car, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Police in Georgia... More »

Drone Shot Down as It Searched for Missing Dog

Long Island man was arrested over odd incident

(Newser) - A drone being used in the search for a missing dog ran into trouble Saturday in the form of a bullet. Police say Gerard Chasteen, 26, of Long Island, fired three shots from his yard to bring down the device as it was flying over his house. Missing Angels-Long Island... More »

He Had to Get to Airport, Sees a Pepsi Truck. An Idea Forms

Steven Hart had a fight with his girlfriend, then things got weird in Tulsa

(Newser) - A man stole a Pepsi truck that was being unloaded in an effort to find his girlfriend, according to Tulsa police. And that was allegedly just the start of a very busy Tuesday for 45-year-old Steven Hart, who officers say then preceded to attempt to break out of jail, reports... More »

Police: Mayor Fired at SWAT Team Serving Warrant

Florida mayor now facing additional charges

(Newser) - As SWAT officers attempted to serve a search warrant at a Port Richey, Fla., home early Thursday, someone shot at them—and that someone has been identified by authorities as Port Richey's mayor. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco says Dale Massad, 68, was under investigation by the Florida Department... More »

Cops: Dentist-Turned-Arsonist Made a Rookie Mistake

They tracked footprints in the snow from crime scene to suspect's garage

(Newser) - If this is how the cops found their suspect in a movie, you'd probably grab the remote and find another movie. Nobody's this obvious, right? But as the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reports, apparently somebody is. Police in New Richmond, Wis., say they found their arson suspect by... More »

All of City's Snow Plows Sabotaged With Latex Gloves

Keeping them from clearing streets during snowstorm in New York

(Newser) - "It’s a direct attack on the people of Mount Vernon. We are not going to be intimidated. We are going to catch whoever is responsible for this act of hate against the people of the city." Those were the strong words from Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas... More »

Plea to Tree Thieves: Please Water the Bonsai

Japanese couple mourning loss of 7 'tree babies'

(Newser) - Victims of a recent theft in Japan have a plea for the thieves: Please water our "tree babies." Seiji Iimura, a bonsai master whose family has dabbled in the art form for centuries, and his wife, Fuyumi Iimura, are sharing detailed care instructions for seven miniature bonsai trees... More »

Officer Reports His Gun Was Stolen—by Strippers

They are charged, and he is on leave

(Newser) - Two Rhode Island strippers have been charged with stealing a Boston police officer's handgun, prompting the department to place the officer on leave and open an internal investigation. Police say 25-year-old Neish Rivera, 22-year-old Melissa Dacier, and the officer went to a Providence strip club before going to a... More »

Inmate's Ceiling Escape Does Not End Well

Blaze Ayers fell into the jail's booking area in Jackson County, Indiana

(Newser) - An inmate fell through the ceiling while trying to escape from a jail in Indiana. Jackson County Sheriff Rick Meyer posted on Facebook that 28-year-old Blaze Ayers bolted from officers and locked himself in a medical room on Monday. When officers got into the room, Ayers had made his way... More »

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