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5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including an unfortunate case of deja vu for a driver charged with DWI

(Newser) - A most unusual municipal theft and a mailman with a criminally bad work ethic make this week's list:
  • Jersey Official Steals $460K ... in Quarters : Last year, the public works inspector in Ridgewood, NJ, got caught stealing $500 in quarters from the room where the village dumped its parking-meter coins.
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5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including two unusual animal-cruelty cases

(Newser) - A rare art theft in Cuba and a pair of animal-cruelty cases are on the list:
  • 'Complicated' Cuban Art Heist Uncovered : They're not quite working together, but American and Cuban authorities are both looking into the theft of at least 70 artworks from a Havana museum. In the
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5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a murder cold case solved after 3 decades

(Newser) - A Starbucks cup and Oreo's cream filling manage to factor into two of this week's stories:
  • Starbucks Cup Leads to Rape Suspect's Arrest : A man in Washington state is charged with rape and kidnapping, all thanks to a victim who was able to escape from his vehicle
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Why 30K US Inmates Went on Hunger Strike

Solitary confinement drove alleged gang leaders to make a statement

(Newser) - Last summer, four prison inmates organized a hunger strike from their solitary-confinement cells and inspired 30,000 prisoners to join them —a stunning development that says a lot about US prisons, writes Benjamin Wallace-Wells in New York . The four guys—allegedly leaders of white, black, and Latino gangs—were... More »

Days-Old Baby Vanishes From Home

Kayden Powell went missing from Wisconsin home yesterday

(Newser) - Brianna Marshall awoke at 4:30am yesterday morning to find her 4-day-old son, Kayden, had disappeared from his bassinet in the same room where she'd been sleeping, and phoned 911. That call has prompted a missing baby case in Beloit, Wis., that now has 40 federal, state, and local... More »

Tricked-Out Cessna Stalks You From 2 Miles Up

Persistent Surveillance Systems can track crimes as they develop

(Newser) - You'll never look at a Cessna the same way: The Washington Post delves into a new surveillance technology that can track any person or vehicle across a small city for hours via 12 192-megapixel cameras mounted on an aircraft. Though people appear as dark specks on a gray background... More »

A&E Crime Show Makes Millions, Ruins Lives: Report

'The First 48' pressures detectives to put people away, and fast

(Newser) - The First 48 is a hot reality show about police trying to crack cases—mostly murders—in the crucial first two days of any investigation. But the show also pressures detectives to act quickly, and in two cases suspects served long jail terms before judges learned there was no real... More »

Sherlock Holmes Would Stink as Detective Today

Criminology teacher takes down the world-famous crime-solver

(Newser) - Who hasn't been annoyed when Sherlock Holmes deftly solves a crime with a "what the...?" answer and calls it "elementary, my dear Watson"? Criminology teacher Noah Charney is apparently among us, writing in the Daily Beast that Holmes' thinking just wouldn't work in real-life... More »

5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a driver who ended up with a bicyclist in his windshield

(Newser) - One of the strangest car-hits-bicyclist story ever and mob arrests in a famous heist of long ago make this week's list:
  • Cyclist: Driver Didn't See Me Stuck in Windshield : You've heard of leaving the scene of an accident. But here's a driver accused of bringing the
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Venezuela Prez Blames Crime on ... Telenovelas

He swipes at one, featuring a murderous beauty queen, in particular

(Newser) - President Nicolas Maduro has a rather unlikely new villain as he campaigns to bring down Venezuela's spiraling crime : telenovelas. He accuses the TV soap operas of spreading "anti-values" to young people by glamorizing violence, guns, and drugs; the UN ranks Venezuela's homicide rate as the fifth highest... More »

Half of Black Men Arrested by Age 23

And roughly 40% of all men have been cuffed by that age: study

(Newser) - If you're a man and you've made your way to age 23 without getting arrested, consider it a win. A new study finds that 38% of white men, 44% of Hispanic men, and 49% of black men have been arrested by that age for non-traffic-related crimes, the AP... More »

5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including would-be car thieves who couldn't drive a stick

(Newser) - Hapless car thieves and the Florida shooting over movie texts are among the cases causing a double-take from the police blotter this week:
  • Would-Be Crooks Stymied by Door, Stick Shift : Two stories this week showcase would-be criminals thwarted by ... themselves. One involves car thieves in Massachusetts who apparently need a
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5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a strange restaurant tip and an even stranger death

(Newser) - A killing by unusual means and a tip of an unusual nature make this week's list:
  • Cops: Man Dies After 'Atomic Wedgie' : This one involved a deadly fight between a 33-year-old man and his 58-year-old stepfather, and this quote from an Oklahoma sheriff: "I'd never seen
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5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

From apprehended fugitives to misguided boyfriends

(Newser) - It may be a new year, but it's certainly not one void of crazy crimes, from a burglar who was after brains to a Breaking Bad superfan whose life imitated the hit TV show just a little too closely:
  1. 'Dead' Man Caught After 18 Months on the Run
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5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

No, officer, it's soap, not cocaine

(Newser) - Lessons this week: Beware driving with soap and don't report a bomb threat to get out of a test:
  • Pair Spends Month in Jail for Having Bag of ... Soap : Soap and cocaine are easy to confuse ... right? A young man and woman just spent a month in a Pennsylvania
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5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Wild teens make off with a very valuable snow leopard

(Newser) - There are teen parties and then there are teen parties. What happened in La Habra Heights, Calif., was the latter, with a sheriff calling it one of the worst youth crimes he's seen:
  • Teens Throw Mansion Party, Take $250K Leopard : Sixteen suspects described as "kids of means" have
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Philadelphia Is First City to Ban 3D Guns

'It's all pre-emptive,' says aide to legislator who authored the bill

(Newser) - With the idea of 3D-printed guns already causing controversy, the city of Philadelphia apparently doesn't want to take any chances. The city council this week voted to make such guns illegal, reports NBC Philadelphia . Once Mayor Michael Nutter signs off, that will make Philadelphia the first city in the... More »

5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

From some very unfit parents to a serial arrestee

(Newser) - It was a week of high-profile crimes, with the stabbing of Va. state Sen. Creigh Deeds and yet another arrest for George Zimmerman. But off the front page, a number of equally tragic and bizarre crimes:
  1. Police Find Boy Cuffed With Dead Chicken on Neck : A neighbor sums up the
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After 396 Arrests, She Promises to Avoid No. 397

Chicago woman back out for fresh start

(Newser) - It's hard to fathom, but a Chicago woman has managed to get herself arrested 396 times in the last 35 years, reports NBC Chicago . This week, 52-year-old Shermain Miles got released from jail to a residential home for ex-cons, and she told the Sun-Times she is determined to avoid... More »

5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Among this week's unlikely criminals: 'Batman' and a pianist

(Newser) - This week's lesson: It's better to pay a few extra cents for donuts than risk a stint in jail.
  1. Dunkin' Donuts Fan Arrested in Quest for 10% Discount : A Florida man who apparently loves donuts as much as he loves a deal has been arrested after his attempt
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