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'Flash Mob' Steals $13K From Tony Georgetown Store

Between 20 and 30 youths converged on a Diesel shop

(Newser) - What the Washington Post describes as a "flash mob" of juveniles (and not the kind that dances to Taylor Swift ) converged Tuesday evening upon a high-end store in Georgetown, stealing about $13,000 worth of goods, DC cops tell the paper. The Metropolitan Police Department says between 20... More »

Woman's Good Aim Against Drone Costs Her $600

Her neighbor wasn't too happy

(Newser) - A western Pennsylvania woman has been ordered to pay $600 for hurling driveway gravel at her next-door neighbor's drone. Mark Shock says he was finishing up a flight in Harwick on Aug. 30 when Martina Wlodarski hit the remote-controlled aircraft. A video shows the drone going haywire after being... More »

Cops: Serial Wedding Crasher Ripping Off Bridal Suites

Arrest warrant out for 50-year-old woman accused of stealing from bridal parties

(Newser) - Southern California authorities have issued a $100,000 arrest warrant for a 50-year-old wedding "guest" who has slipped into bridal suites at about a half-dozen ceremonies and lifted cash, credit cards, and checks while the real guests were celebrating with the bride and groom, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.... More »

Spelling Error Gets Woman Busted for Poisoning

It's 'dignity,' not 'dignerty'

(Newser) - Here's one reason you might want to pay attention to your spelling lessons, kids: They may come in handy one day should you ever want to ... poison your husband? Behold, the strange case of Jacqueline Patrick. The 55-year-old British woman tried to fatally poison her husband not once, but... More »

'Doo Doo' the Clown Saves 2 From Deranged Attacker

There was plenty of space in Doo Doo's car

(Newser) - Two Toronto women fleeing a deranged attacker were saved by a clown who had more than enough room in his car. Doo Doo the Clown tells the Toronto Star that he was still in full clown costume Sunday afternoon when he spotted an apparently disturbed man jumping on cars and... More »

Guy Steals Beer Truck, Runs Self Over With It: Cops


(Newser) - A 55-year-old Georgia man experienced karma almost immediately Monday morning after he allegedly stole a beer truck. Police responded to a Circle K in Columbus after getting a report of a stolen 18-wheel Coors Light semi; the truck's driver left it running while he ran into the Circle K,... More »

Cops: 'Cookie Monster' Robber Arrested

Hungry Houston-area bandit accused of dozens of robberies

(Newser) - Houston-area cookies are safe again: Police say an armed robber nicknamed the "Cookie Monster" and a female accomplice are in custody in connection with a long string of armed robberies, Click2Houston reports. Police believe that in more than 30 robberies over the last two months, Eugene Bradshaw, 24, entered... More »

Bad Fortune: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a scary ride to school and an out-of-this-world disagreement

(Newser) - A fight right out of Star Trek and a psychic scam are among the weirdest crime stories of the week:
  • Car Thieves Find Kid in Backseat, Act Accordingly : An 8-year-old boy got the ride of his life when the car he was sitting in was stolen before the start of
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Phone Thief's Mistake: So Many Selfies

They were uploaded to iCloud of stolen phone's owner

(Newser) - People just don't learn , do they? A woman who allegedly stole a high school student's iPhone in California has given police a break in the case thanks to … a selfie—or rather, several of them. Police say an as-yet unidentified woman approached the 15-year-old student in El... More »

Car Thieves Find Boy in Backseat, Take Him to School

Mom had left child in running car while she worked at Va. post office

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy got the ride of his life when the car he was sitting in was stolen right before the start of school—and the thieves actually dropped him off at school, the Virginian-Pilot reports. Norfolk Police Department rep Daniel Hudson says the boy's mom has to be... More »

Man Caught Trying to Smuggle 450 Pork Tamales Into US

A delicious traditional treat, but banned nonetheless

(Newser) - The contraband was carefully wrapped in corn husks and concealed in the luggage of a traveler when authorities moved in for a tamale takedown at Los Angeles International Airport. The search by US Customs and Border Protection agents turned up 450 pork tamales individually packaged in plastic bags. "Although... More »

Cabbie's Attempt to Report Drunken Fare Ends Poorly

Real estate agent stole taxi while cabby was talking to police about her unruly behavior

(Newser) - Sometimes it’s tough to know when to say when. But if you find yourself drunkenly vomiting out of the window of a stolen taxi in Manhattan, it's safe to say you've crossed that line. That was allegedly the case of Kinga Tabares. The New York Post reports... More »

Trooper Allegedly Tried to Bribe Woman After Crash

Kimberly Wilson didn't take Sgt. Michael Roadside up on the alleged offer

(Newser) - "His shirt was inside-out, his hair was disheveled, his belly and back were exposed." This is Kimberly Wilson's written description of the man she alleges rear-ended her at a rest stop on Oct. 26—a New Jersey state trooper. If that sounds weird, well, it gets weirder.... More »

Man Brings a Bat'leth to a Trash Fight

Damn Klingons

(Newser) - Newser Note: For maximum impact, please listen to this song while reading the following story. KREM reports an argument about garbage escalated—as they are wont to do—until one neighbor was threatening another with a weapon straight out of Star Trek. Carlo Cerutti, 50, has been charged with assault... More »

Woman's Bad Day Involves 2 Crashes, 2 DUI Arrests

Michele Leonard didn't learn her lesson the first time: cops

(Newser) - You'd think a DUI arrest would be a wake-up call. Apparently not for everyone. Pennsylvania State Police say they arrested 47-year-old Michele Leonard for driving under the influence on Saturday after Leonard crashed her car near an intersection in Somerset County, per KDKA . She was then released, but instead... More »

How a Man Blew $718K on Psychics

He allegedly spent $90K for a gold bridge in another realm

(Newser) - Niall Rice met Michelle while receiving treatment for acute anxiety at an Arizona rehab clinic. "We had such a strong connection, it was unbelievable," the 33-year-old Brit tells the New York Times . "I loved her deeply." The pair broke up weeks after leaving rehab, but Rice... More »

Saudis Find Huge Beer Shipment Disguised as Pepsi

48K cans of Heineken, to be exact

(Newser) - A ban on alcohol in Saudi Arabia recently drove a smuggler to try to cross into the Arab state from the UAE with 48,000 cans of Heineken beer—all disguised as Pepsi cans, Al Arabiya reports. "A truck carrying what first seemed to be normal cans of the... More »

All in a Day's Twerk: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a happy-go-lucky mugshot and a twerking transgression

(Newser) - A diapered dog and a cheery mugshot factor into the weirdest crime stories of the week:
  • Woman Who Posted Pics of Diapered Dog Is Arrested : A Texas woman noticed a dog on a neighbor's balcony wearing a diaper and allegedly muzzled with some type of string. So Amber Cammack
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Google Self-Driving Car Stopped for Going Too Slow

But it did avoid a ticket

(Newser) - Apparently Google's self-driving cars have yet to learn how to evade cops. One of its bubble-shaped autonomous vehicles was pulled over during a traffic stop in Mountain View, Calif., on Thursday, though it managed to avoid a ticket, reports NBC News . An officer spotted the vehicle traveling 24mph in... More »

Brutal Stabbing Ends Up Saving Israeli Man's Life

Doctors treating him found a dangerous intestinal tumor

(Newser) - A father of five who said a Palestinian attacker stabbed and tried to behead him last week at an Israeli bus station tells Radio Kol Chai he's actually glad he got assaulted. "The terror attack saved my life," Daniel Cohen says, per the Times of Israel . Why... More »

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