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Burglars Stole Boy's Ashes, Demanded $5K Ransom

Parents handed over cash for 6-year-old's remains

(Newser) - It would be an insult to the bottom-feeders of the animal kingdom to compare them to burglars police are seeking in Humboldt County, Calif. Police say they're investigating the theft of an urn containing the ashes of Ryan Wagner, a 6-year-old boy who died from cancer in 2011, the... More »

Man Gets 22 Years in Prison After Stealing TV Remote

Eric Bramwell 'repeatedly thumbed his nose at the law': state's attorney

(Newser) - If 22 years in prison seems harsh for stealing a TV remote control, Eric Bramwell probably agrees—but, based on his past criminal history, authorities in Illinois say it's a well-deserved sentence. Per the Chicago Tribune , the 35-year-old Melrose Park man was handed his fate on Wednesday by DuPage... More »

Knife-Wielding Intruder Attacks Tennis Star

Petra Kvitova says she's 'fortunate to be alive'

(Newser) - Two-time Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova suffered a "severe" injury to her playing hand Tuesday when an assailant posing as a utilities worker entered her apartment in Prostejov, Czech Republic, and attacked her with a knife, reports the Guardian . "In my attempt to defend myself, I was badly injured... More »

Burglar Arrested After Getting Stuck in Pizzeria Vent: Cops

He was heard yelling for help early Friday morning

(Newser) - A man rescued from an oven vent at a western new York pizzeria is now facing burglary charges, the AP reports. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrived at Pontillo's Pizzeria in suburban Rochester at 3:45am Friday after someone reported a man yelling for help. They... More »

Burglars' Downfall: Not Paying the Getaway Driver

No surprise: stiffed taxi driver called police

(Newser) - Two alleged burglars essentially directed police to their apartment in New Jersey when they failed to pay their taxi driver, authorities say. Kenneth Burke, 46, and Timothy Foote, 38, took a taxi to a home in Deal on Friday, went inside, then emerged with a TV and liquor bottles, police... More »

Woman Shocked by Horny Burglars

She caught the suspects making sweet love on her couch

(Newser) - Chocolate, Barry White, oysters ... burglary? It appears breaking and entering is the hot new aphrodisiac after a Tennessee woman returned home after a weekend away to find a couple getting down on her couch. "It's like they just had a big old nasty party," Jamie Barnes tells... More »

Iconic Home From Brady Bunch Ransacked

Current resident scared apparent burglars away

(Newser) - "Here's a story / Of a seventy-something lady ..." is how the theme song would start to accompany the latest crime report out of Los Angeles. Police sources tell NBC News that the iconic Studio City home used for the sitcom's exterior shots was burglarized Wednesday night—... More »

Suspected Burglar Wrapped in 'Layers' of Tape Dies

Alabama homeowner was waiting for him

(Newser) - Authorities in Washington County, Ala., are investigating the death of a burglary suspect who was tied to a tree by a homeowner. "I would say this is a very unusual case," Sheriff Richard Stringer tells FOX 10 . Tired of his mobile home being broken into, Nathanial Johnson on... More »

'Creeper Ghost' Stands Above Sleeping Couple

Police are investigating

(Newser) - When Jordan Buranskas couldn't find her purse last week, her boyfriend Jack Mackercher suggested they look at the footage from the surveillance camera in their Chicago home for a clue. They discovered that the purse had been stolen. And even worse, they saw that the apparent thief had stood... More »

Tables Turn on Bat-Wielding Burglary Suspect

First a hug, then a beating

(Newser) - A man accused of breaking into a home in Sarasota County, Fla., probably won't have the urge to head to the batting range anytime soon. North Port police say 33-year-old Noah Jess Dassat broke into the home of a married couple with three kids last week, and he was... More »

She Was Getting Alarm to Keep Him Out. He Was Already In

Tony Joe Gunter faces charges after he was shot in the foot

(Newser) - A Tennessee woman had a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend and had changed her locks twice. She says neither kept Tony Joe Gunter away and so she opted to have a security system installed. Authorities say the woman left her home in Goodlettsville briefly on Tuesday to visit a neighbor... More »

Calif. Police Hunting for This Bikini-Clad Woman

'For questioning'

(Newser) - "An individual wanted for questioning" is how a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office press release describes her. But the "unusual outfit" that a petite woman in her late 30s wore while possibly carrying out crimes near Santa Clarita Valley is what's grabbing everyone's attention, KTLA... More »

Cat Burglars Flip the Script, Boost Dogs in Hawaii

From a Humane Society shelter

(Newser) - "Don't label me" may have been what cat burglars who stole six dogs from a Humane Society animal shelter in Hawaii over the weekend were thinking during their transgression. Cops say the thieves ran off from the Kaui shelter with three mixed-breed pit bulls, two Airedale terriers, and... More »

Ninja Burglar Linked to 200 Crimes Gets 25 Years

'His reign of terror is officially over'

(Newser) - A man nicknamed the Ninja Burglar who confessed to committing more than 100 break-ins over a decade accepted a plea deal with authorities in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut on Thursday, the AP reports. Robert Costanzo pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary, according to Staten Island District Attorney... More »

Burglary Suspect Gives Shoutout to Fla. With Face Tattoo

But it was his neck tattoo that busted him

(Newser) - A Florida man who's either seen The Shining one too many times or is being paid by a rum distillery to promote product was arrested Monday for a burglary reported in March—and it was his body ink that did him in, the Sun Sentinel reports. Cops say surveillance... More »

Burglars Confess to Save Innocent Man

'It was a case of honor among thieves,' says lawyer

(Newser) - Most burglars would be thrilled to know they got away with their crime. Not this pair: Police say Michael Dehal, 28, and Stephen Monaghan, 50, stole $87,500 worth of beauty products and equipment from a UK salon in June 2014. Though Monaghan was initially suspected, police eventually charged another... More »

News Crew Victimized at Anti-Robbery Event

Let it never be said criminals don't have a sense of humor

(Newser) - A Washington DC news crew was covering a press conference on a new anti-robbery task force Wednesday morning while only 100 or so feet away their news car was being robbed (well technically burgled), WJLA reports. The prowler smashed a window and made off with news equipment, all while potentially... More »

Grinch Takes Food, Walkers From Retirement Home

But the community made sure Christmas still came

(Newser) - Residents of an adult living community in Vermont awoke Christmas morning to find that a Grinch-y thief or thieves had stolen food, gifts, and walkers overnight. Vermont State Police say the National Church Residences Village Manor in Pittsford was hit sometime Thursday by a thief or thieves who pinched Christmas... More »

Taco Shop Turns Burglary Footage Into Awesome Ad

Video mocking burglars has been viewed 2M times

(Newser) - Most restaurant owners would worry a burglary might scare away customers. Frijoles & Frescas Grilled Tacos in Las Vegas is turning its break-in into an advertisement. The eatery's security cameras caught three men robbing the restaurant around 3:30am on Dec. 16, but police have yet to track them... More »

Son Charged With Stealing Mom's Stew

Holy posole

(Newser) - There's nothing better than mom's cooking, apparently not even if it comes with a side of jail time. The Albuquerque Journal reports 23-year-old Jonathan Ray was arrested after allegedly breaking into his mother's house on Nov. 28 and stealing homemade posole, a "traditional New Mexican holiday... More »

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