A Movie Misstep: 5 Craziest Crimes of Week

Including 2 teens' amazing way of foiling a robbery
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2015 5:19 AM CDT
Updated Jul 31, 2015 7:22 AM CDT
A Movie Misstep: 5 Craziest Crimes of Week
Actor Jason Stange high-fives co-star Katie Hemming during filming for the movie "Marla Mae" in Olympia, Wash. This photo was bad news for Stange.   (Tony Overman, The Olympian via AP)

A fugitive who should have thought twice about his next career choice and a whole lot of stripper tips are among the craziest crime stories of the week:

  • Fugitive Caught Thanks to Role in Horror Movie: When it comes to promoting a movie, no press is bad press, right? Right, unless you happen to be a fugitive. Police in Olympia, Washington, arrested Jason Stange after recognizing him in photos that ran in the local paper about the movie's filming. It's a horror flick, not a bank-robber flick, a topic Stange knows something about.
  • Teen Clerks Brilliantly Foil Would-Be Robber: Best attempted-robbery story in a while: When a guy in a lame disguise (it involved a plastic bag) walked into a Subway store in Coventry, Rhode Island, and demanded money, the young clerks had a simple but effective reaction.

  • How Not to Ask for Directions to the White House: Some guys will never ask for directions, and some guys just shouldn't. An example of the latter: The driver of an out-of-state pickup pulled over his truck in Washington, DC, about 2:30am Tuesday and approached a police officer to ask, "Where's the White House?" Then the officer saw what was allegedly in Steve Oney's car.
  • Feds: Man Tipped Strippers 2K Times With Company Cash: There's using the company credit card for unethical reasons, and then there's this story out of Gilbert, Arizona. The feds accuse John David Berrett of dropping $476,000 of his employer's cash on online strippers—strippers he tipped 2,200 times. He also bought them some odd gifts.
  • Reporter Confronts Accused Thief of His Credit Card: "You picked the wrong guy," Dallas Fox 4 reporter Steve Noviello can be heard telling the woman on video. He's not kidding: Noviello is on the consumers affairs beat, and when he got an alert that someone had used his credit card number at a local hotel, he headed there and confronted the suspect as police led her away in handcuffs.
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