Bad Speller: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a suspect in need of spelling lessons and a red-light revelation
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2015 5:37 AM CDT
Updated Aug 28, 2015 7:36 AM CDT
Bad Speller: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week
Shannon Csapilla, 20, was charged with criminal mischief.   (Stamford Police Department)

A dumb drone idea and traffic-light bandit of sorts are among the weirdest crime stories of the week:

  • We're Pretty Sure This Isn't What Drones Are For: Someone inside Maryland's Western Correctional Institution will be waiting a long time for his special delivery. Two men became the first in the state to be charged with attempting to deliver contraband to a prison via drone after they were found with said drone, along with an eyebrow-raising stash of items, near the prison.
  • This Woman's Alleged Crimes: Keying Cars, Bad Spelling: There's no time to consult a dictionary in the midst of a jealous rage, apparently. Police in Connecticut charged 20-year-old Shannon Csapilla of Stamford with criminal mischief after she allegedly keyed the cars of her ex and a former friend. A key word was misspelled in the process, and that word gave police an idea of who to look for.

  • Man Films Self Tampering With Traffic Cameras: A man accused of driving around Long Island and tampering with red-light cameras was arrested after cops were tipped off about videos he made documenting his exploits that were then posted on social media. Stephen Ruth, 42, says he knew he'd get caught, but that he needed to do it anyway to help two groups of people.
  • Jailers Foil an Old-School Escape Attempt: Staffers at a jail in eastern Washington state foiled an escape attempt, one that wasn't too difficult to spot. After noticing something hanging from the window of a cell around 4:30am last Thursday, they managed to put the Spokane County Jail on lockdown. Here's who allegedly planned to escape, and how.
  • Man's Dog Becomes Weapon Against Cops: A suspicious man was reported wandering with his dog through people's backyards in Park City, Kansas, and responding police say he turned his pooch into an attack dog in a most unusual way. Good news, though: The pup is in protective custody.
Click to read about more crazy crimes. (More weird crimes stories.)

Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.