5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including one of the most frivolous 911 calls of all time
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2014 5:30 AM CDT
Updated Oct 10, 2014 9:15 AM CDT
5 Craziest Crimes of the Week
Waitresses Beli, right, and Anika pose with beer mugs during the opening of the 181th Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, on Sept. 20, 2014.   (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

An incredibly vain criminal and a couple who couldn't resist their carnal urges in the back of a cop car are among the weirdest crime stories of the week:

  • Couple Pulled Over for DUI Got Busy in Police Cruiser: A Wisconsin couple were being taken to the Oconto County Jail in a police vehicle in August after Heather Basten was pulled over for suspected DUI—but instead of getting their stories straight or reflecting on their night, the two started having sex. The judge's reaction during Travis Husnik's sentencing for "lewd and lascivious behavior" was priceless.
  • Woman Arrested Thanks to Unflattering Facebook Pic: A 34-year-old Ohio woman was hit with aggravated-robbery and kidnapping charges all thanks, in part, to an unflattering Facebook photo. After Monica Hargrove allegedly robbed a friend and left her stranded in the street, a warrant was issued for her arrest, and Columbus Police posted a mugshot of Hargrove on its Facebook page. Hargrove didn't like the pic—and what police said she did next goes down in the annals of narcissistic numbskullery.

  • Woman Calls 911 162 Times With 'Unfounded' Complaints: The Florida man who called 911 seven times over spilled beer? Pshaw! That's child's play compared to Shaila Hegde's alleged penchant for dialing emergency services. Glastonbury police say the Connecticut woman has called 911 some 162 times in the last seven years with mostly "unfounded" gripes. Among them: a ridiculous one involving her CDs.
  • Woman Who Thought She Was Dying Stole $644K: What would you do if you thought you were going to die soon? A 61-year-old British woman who was quite sure her cancer would kill her sooner rather than later decided to steal nearly $644,000 from her employer. But she ended up beating the disease and is now paying the price.
  • What Happens in Munich Doesn't Stay in Munich: First rule of Oktoberfest: Don't talk about Oktoberfest. Well, OK, let's at least talk about the latest crime statistics from the famous beer bonanza. A list of lost property has been released, and attempts to swipe the famous "Masskrug" beer mugs reportedly soared. About 112,000 mugs were confiscated from people trying to smuggle them out of the festival, up from 81,000 last year. Meanwhile, some of the other items reported stolen at this year's brewhaha are hilarious.
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