Lost in Translation: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including an unexpected suspect in a prostitution sting
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2015 5:07 AM CDT
Updated Sep 4, 2015 9:22 AM CDT
This would-be robber was stymied by a note in Spanish.   (Crime Stoppers)

(Newser) – An important lesson for all potential bank robbers and a Bigfoot-loving graffiti artist can be found among the week's weird crime stories:

  • Would-Be Robber Foiled by Translation Error: Police say a hopeful robber walked into a San Antonio bank on Tuesday and handed the teller a deposit slip with the words "dame dinero" written on it. That's Spanish for "give me money," but things go didn't quite as planned because of the language barrier.
  • Prosecutor Gives 87-Year-Old Man a Pass: A Michigan man lived 87 years without so much as a blot on his criminal record—until a night in June when he was nabbed in a sting and accused of soliciting a prostitute. Lucky for him, he caught a forgiving prosecutor.

  • Guy Applies for Job, Sends Wrong Photos to HR: An Illinois job applicant either has terrible follow-up skills or terrible texting skills, but either way, he's out of a new gig. Police took a report from the HR manager of a company who alleged that a job candidate texted her nude photos after receiving a job offer. He swears it was an accident, but it still didn't end well for him.
  • Police Not Amused by This Bigfoot Sighting: Bigfoot has been popping up all over Kennebunk, Maine, of late, but police say the local run is over for Sasquatch. How so? A local graffiti artist, charged with criminal mischief, can explain.
  • Cops: Do-Gooder Kidnapped a Guy: Oh, but the line between charity and kidnapping is a fine one. A Connecticut man is accused of forcing a 77-year-old into his home and forcing him to eat meat, because he thought the man was homeless and hungry. He was 0 for 2 on that score.
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