5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a man who broke into the worst place he possibly could
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2014 6:14 AM CDT
Updated Sep 26, 2014 8:49 AM CDT
5 Craziest Crimes of the Week
A woman's containers of cat litter didn't contain ... cat litter.   (Shutterstock)

A taco truck that served up an unusual side dish and a home invasion with oddly dressed perpetrators are among the weirdest crime stories of the week:

  • TSA Busts Woman in Creative Smuggling Scheme: What to pack for that dream trip to Barbados? The TSA says Canadian woman Nyesha McPherson was short on bikinis and long on a multitude of no-nos at JFK airport, including two handguns, 350 rounds of ammunition, and "58 bricks of marijuana totaling 33 pounds, all artfully concealed in the boxes, tubs, and cans of everyday household products"—and she was definitely creative with the products she used for subterfuge. Hint: There's cat litter involved.
  • Food Truck Sold Interesting Side Dish: Tacos with a dollop of salsa, guac, and—meth? Seventeen members of an alleged international drug ring were busted and indicted, the Colorado attorney general's office announced, revealing that one sales venue was a taco truck parked on the streets of Denver. "Customers could literally walk up to a food truck and order a side of meth with their taco," says the state AG. You had to know a couple of very special code words, though.

  • Man Breaks Into the Worst Place He Could Break Into: Police say a man who thought he was breaking into a Vermont school actually got into the local police station instead. Officials say the man, identified as 59-year-old John Dettor, used a traffic cone to break the glass to get into the police station in Shelburne, thinking it was a school. He quickly realized his mistake, though he told police he had a good reason for trying to get in.
  • You Wouldn't Want These Sister-Wives Breaking Into Your Home: "I went to the bottom of the stairs and saw a couple of ninjas coming down." So begins a recent crazy tale out of Utah. Two women—variously described as either sister-wives or in a polygamous relationship with the same man—dressed up as ninjas, grabbed some knives and a stun gun, and broke into a house under cover of a loud storm. Police say they attacked two men inside and were seeking to abduct a 15-year-old girl—all because they apparently wanted to protect their husband.
  • Cops: Mom Stashes Baby in Very Bad Place to Avoid Ticket: A Florida woman who feared getting a ticket for driving without a car seat hatched a scheme to hide the infant somewhere else that landed her in far worse trouble, say police. When deputies in Broward County tried to pull over 19-year-old Breona Watkins for a traffic violation, they say she drove for another quarter-mile before pulling over. During that short drive, police say she instructed her 14-year-old passenger to stash a 5-month-old baby where she hoped police wouldn't find the infant.
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