Big McStake: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a strange prison smuggling attempt and an inept burglary suspect
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2015 5:24 AM CST
Big McStake: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week
Herb Peterson, the creator of the Egg McMuffin, shows off his invention in this April 1997 file photo.   (AP Photo/John Hayes)

A bunch of famished criminals gave us our weirdest crime stories of the week:

  • Cops: Burglar Drops In for Dinner, Literally: Police say diners at Hibachi Grill and Supreme Buffet in Daytona Beach heard noises coming from the ceiling as they were eating their meals. The restaurant's manager found broken ceiling tiles and a pair of shoes in the office, apparently belonging to 30-year-old Justin Grimes. Eatery patrons ended up meeting Grimes in a totally unexpected way.
  • This Is How Not to Smuggle a McMuffin Into Prison: A man trying to help out an inmate at London's Wormwood Scrubs prison used fishing line to get his contraband—which included a McDonald's Egg McMuffin—to the inside. But Karl Jensen was caught, as was his accomplice girlfriend, due to some less-than-stealthy aspects of the attempt.
  • Cops: Election Judge Absconds With Voting Equipment: A Pennsylvania man was tasked with setting up equipment and overseeing voting at a polling site in North Versaille township. But police say Darrin Farmer never showed up on Tuesday, and they pulled him over later with ballots, lists of registered voters, and voting equipment in his vehicle. Farmer was to be paid for his voting duties, but police say he was trying to make a buck in another way.

  • Man Strands 5-Year-Old in Desert—With a Gun: If you thought Jackass' Bad Grandpa was deserving of the title, you haven't met this guy. A 53-year-old Arizona man whose truck became disabled allegedly left his 5-year-old granddaughter in the middle of the Maricopa County desert while he supposedly went to get help. He didn't leave her empty-handed, though: Cops say Paul Rater gave his charge a .45-caliber handgun and told her to "shoot any bad guys." (She's OK.) Find out what cops say he did once he found civilization.
  • Student Commandeers Bus to Make It to Exam: A student in South Africa who was worried about being late for a math exam got himself in trouble with the law in trying to avoid that fate. When his bus driver failed to show up, Le-Aan Adonis, 20, found the keys in the bus, started it up, and began driving himself and his classmates to school. He got pulled over before getting there, though the tale is making him a hero of sorts locally.
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