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5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

From plane meltdowns to missing plane cargo
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2013 4:30 PM CDT
Updated Jun 28, 2013 8:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – Among the lessons imparted by this week's batch of the craziest alleged criminals: Hang up the gosh darn phone once they close the airplane cabin door.

  1. Flier Won't Get Off Phone, Is Dragged Off Plane: Another attempt to stay on the phone during takeoff did not end well for an airplane passenger Sunday. Lindsay Bien-aime allegedly refused to comply with multiple orders from the US Airways crew on the Fort Lauderdale-Charlotte flight to end her conversation. Then things got really interesting (and obscenity-filled). At 6:30am. In front of her kid.
  2. Missing From Plane at JFK: $1.2M in $100 Bills: If anyone is flashing an endless wad of $100 bills in New York City in the next few days, the FBI would like a word. Among the mysterious elements of this heist: a crate containing an arm-sized hole.

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  1. Man Accused of Wild Theft: $2M in Toys 'R' U Toys: As far as thefts go, it's massive, and as far as suspects go, he's colorful. Police say Ignatius "Michael" Pollara stole some $2 million in toys from Toys 'R' Us stores ... then resold the goods to pay for exotic trips.
  2. Man Recognizes Suspected Bank Robber: It's Mom! When it comes to citizens turning in accused criminals, it's hard to top this one. A Michigan man called police to tell them that he could ID the woman seen robbing a bank in surveillance photos: dear ol' mom.
  3. 65-Year-Old Former Marine Fights Off Bank Robber: Yep, another bank robbery story. This heroic tale features a similarly unsuccessful-ending for the would-be thief.
(Read more weird crimes stories.)

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