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Cops Nab Robbery Suspects and Their Unlikely 'Accomplice'

Rooster not charged, but taken to shelter for safekeeping

(Newser) - Two suspects in a weekend break-in at a Massachusetts convenience store had a fowl accomplice. Northampton officers investigating a robbery in progress at a store at about 3:45am Sunday quickly found two men and a live rooster in a nearby car. The men were arrested on breaking and entering... More »

Arguers Take Fight to the Mat—Filled With Legos: Cops

It happened in Maryland and man, does that sound painful

(Newser) - As any parent can tell you, walking over Legos with bare feet can be excruciating—but how it feels to roll around in them requires further clarification. One person who may able to lend some insight: Jesse William Robert Jenkins, a 23-year-old Maryland man who was arrested Thursday after a... More »

BMW Remotely Foils Would-Be Car Thief

BMW and the cops worked in tandem to help bust Seattle suspect

(Newser) - Police blotters can be the source of tiny treasures, and one out of Seattle last week offers up a gem involving a sleepy suspect and a high-tech car. Per the Seattle Police Department's crime log, a BMW was reported stolen in the early morning hours of Nov. 27, and... More »

Cops: Drunk 'Postal Grinch' Busted Opening Packages

For drugs, natch

(Newser) - A Florida man is being accused of being a Christmas Grinch after authorities say he broke into a post office and tried to steal packages, reports the AP . Francis Keller, 56, was arrested by the Boynton Beach Police Department and charged with burglary. Police say they found him inside a... More »

Security Camera Reveals Heinous Landlord Behavior

'Complete and utter disbelief'

(Newser) - Think about the worst thing your worst landlord ever did to you. This might be worse. A Colorado Springs man tells KKTV he caught his landlord having sex on his bed then using his wife's wedding dress to clean up. The couple—Logan Pierce and Mikaela DiGiulio—have a... More »

The Worst Whistling: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a guy who made off with a big bucket of gold

(Newser) - It's only once in a blue moon that the crazy-crimes roundup has the honor of presenting two stories that involve turn-of-the-century rock music. Steel yourself for the earworms that are to come:
  • Woman Calls Cops on Guy Whistling 'Closing Time' : Every week, Capt. Mark Herb of Oregon's
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Bold Thief Takes Advantage of Golden Opportunity

Surveillance video shows man take bucket of gold from armored truck

(Newser) - When opportunity knocks, remember to lift with your legs—especially if said opportunity comes in the form of an 86-pound bucket of gold. CNN reports surveillance video from Sept. 29 but just released by the NYPD shows a man walking by an open, un-watched armored truck in the middle of... More »

Careful When Spurning Lover Who Can Wiretap Your Phone

A New York prosecutor is accused of doing just that

(Newser) - Be careful if you get involved with a high-ranking prosecutor; you never know what she might do if the relationship comes to a bad end. Brooklyn prosecutor Tara Lenich, 41, is accused of forging judges' signatures in order to tap the phone belonging to a married NYPD detective in whom... More »

Woman Calls Cops on Guy Whistling 'Closing Time'

Oregon police don't know if it was the song or the whistling in general that offended

(Newser) - Every week, Capt. Mark Herb of Oregon's Forest Grove Police Department pulls together what Time calls the department's "always entertaining" police log , and the last item in the most recent installation didn't disappoint. For the week of Nov. 20 through Nov. 26 listed in the Oregonian ... More »

Fiat Heir's Claim That Escort Kidnapped Him Was a Lie: Cops

Lapo Elkann, 39, has been arrested

(Newser) - The stylish grandson of the Italian founder of Fiat Automobiles falsely claimed he was held against his will by an escort with whom he had spent two days consuming drugs and alcohol in New York, a law enforcement official told the AP on Tuesday. Lapo Elkann, 39, was arrested Saturday... More »

They Prepped for Doomsday, Got Foiled by Burglars

Small arsenal stolen from 'prepper' Teena Brayen's family in Ohio

(Newser) - A Cleveland couple was ready for the apocalypse—but apparently not for thieves. Teena Brayen says burglars broke into her home early Tuesday while her family was sleeping and made off with five shotguns, a high-powered rifle, a pellet gun, $1,000 worth of ammunition, 12 machetes, smoke grenades, a... More »

A Boy's Night Playing GTA Ended Up With Real Cops

Ontario police thought they were dealing with an 'impaired driver' when calls started coming in

(Newser) - Yet another reason to not let young kids play M-rated video games: They may get ideas they carry over to real life. At least that's what apparently happened to one curious 11-year-old boy in Ontario, who cops say spent Saturday evening playing Grand Theft Auto, then set out in... More »

SUV Filled With Christmas Gifts Didn't Really Have Gifts: Cops

Try $330K worth of pot, THC pills, and hash wax oil, Ohio police say

(Newser) - What happens in California should stay in California—especially if what happened was someone meticulously wrapping $330,000 worth of THC pills, hash wax oil, and marijuana (about 71 pounds) like Christmas presents, UPI reports. Instead, per an Ohio State Highway Patrol press release , 31-year-old Daniel Yates apparently decided to... More »

Major Misspelling: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a woman who had had it with her guests

(Newser) - An unfortunate and habitual misspelling and a man wearing only "me undies" factor into this week's craziest crimes:
  • Bank Robber Keeps Spelling One Important Word Wrong : A bank robber dubbed the "spelling bee bandit" because the notes he's passed to tellers contain the same misspelling is
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Mom Poisoned Son With Feces During Cancer Treatment: Cops

She's charged with felonies including aggravated battery

(Newser) - A 15-year-old cancer patient may have missed his best shot at remission, say doctors, and it's allegedly because of his mother. Doctors say the Wolcott, Indiana, teen underwent his first chemotherapy treatment for leukemia in September but returned to Riley Hospital for Children days later suffering from fever, vomiting,... More »

Man Wearing Only 'Me Undies' Helps Catch Perp

Daniel McConnell chased the suspect after hearing 2am car crash

(Newser) - A bystander dressed only in underpants helped police arrest an unlicensed driver who allegedly crashed a car into an Australian takeout restaurant on Thursday then fled, reports the AP . Daniel McConnell says he was lying in bed at home in the Brisbane suburb of Hendra at 2am when a car... More »

Cops: Woman Fires Gun at Guests Who Wouldn't Leave

Miss Manners would not approve

(Newser) - A cautionary tale out of Florida for anyone hosting guests this week or, more to the point, anyone who is a guest: Police say a woman fired a handgun at visitors who wore out their welcome and ended up striking two people in the leg with bullets, reports NBC Miami... More »

Drugs Being Mailed to Empty NZ Vacation Homes

Residents told to be on the lookout for people checking mailboxes

(Newser) - Unoccupied holiday homes in southern New Zealand may not currently have any residents, but they've been getting mail anyway. Specifically, drugs. Authorities are warning that meth and other drugs have been showing up in mailboxes at such homes in Central Otago district, a popular tourist spot known for its... More »

Cops: Woman Was Hawking Sex Favors for $50, Nachos

Cops say Crystal Hotlosz wanted an odd but delicious payment from undercover officer

(Newser) - A 36-year-old Ohio woman has been charged with allegedly participating in the world's oldest profession, but she's making headlines for demanding the world's oddest payment: $50 and nachos. As WKBN reports, an undercover cop texted Crystal Hotlosz after seeing her ad for sex services online; police in... More »

Bank Robber Keeps Spelling One Important Word Wrong

'Robery'

(Newser) - A bank robber dubbed the "spelling bee bandit" because the notes he's passed to tellers contain the same misspelling is being sought for four robberies in Massachusetts, reports the AP . The FBI says the man's notes have just one word: "robery" with one "B."... More »

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