A Naughty Dare: 5 Craziest Crimes of Week

Including a most distasteful burglary and a clue left in the snow
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2015 5:18 AM CDT
Updated Mar 13, 2015 9:30 AM CDT
A Naughty Dare: 5 Craziest Crimes of Week
Shakara Martin appears in this police handout.   (Palm Beach Police)

A dare gone wrong and a music video that was the last straw are among the weirdest crime stories of the week:

  • Woman's Dunkin' Donuts Dare Ends Badly: A Palm Beach woman better hope she makes the dance team after an apparent dare from the unnamed group landed her in jail. Shakara Monik Martin was spotted Sunday sitting outside a Dunkin' Donuts, and what she had done in order to pledge the troupe ended up getting her an indecent exposure charge.
  • Cops: Mom Loses It as Music Video Plays: Looks like Jennifer Ullery of Illinois is going to need to replace her 50-inch flat-screen: The 40-year-old mother of three reportedly shot up her TV with "multiple rounds" after walking in on her kids watching a music video, cops say. Ullery later told authorities she thought the kids—ages 15, 11, and 6—were watching too much boob tube, and said she wasn't happy with what they were viewing, either.

  • Not Exactly the Most Dignified Way to Avoid Arrest: It may have made all the sense in the world to Maurice Franklin of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., at the time. Police first stopped the 45-year-old because they say he was jumping from the curb into traffic (spoiler alert: he was eventually charged with public drunkenness). But Franklin made a valiant last-ditch effort at freedom: Cops say he dove to the ground and then triumphantly announced why they couldn't arrest him.
  • Massachusetts Snow Gives Up a Clue: Lakeville Police Detective Sgt. Sean Joyce was at the scene of a home break-in looking for clues when he found just what he needed—in the snow. Here's what he discovered, which helped police track down Robert Beaucaire, 37, and Amy Peters, 36, in a hotel room that police say contained hundreds of stolen items.
  • Why You Don't Assume Everything Powdery Is Cocaine: Three teens in St. Peters, Mo., are accused of breaking into a home and stealing everything from cash to jewelry. Police say the trio also stole what they thought was a box of cocaine, and that one of the kids even tasted it. Except it wasn't coke, it was the ashes of the resident's father. And then the story gets worse.
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