Twin Trouble: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including the worst babysitter ever and cat burglars who broke the mold
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2016 5:36 AM CDT
Updated May 20, 2016 9:43 AM CDT
Twin Trouble: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week
Caleb and Daniel Tate   (Chester County District Attorney's Office)

A misguided Twitter conversation and a bad babysitter are among the weirdest crime stories of the week:

  • Pot Lover's Twitter Exchange With Cops Goes Viral: "Who's in Sarasota, Fla., and has weed?" That was the question posed via Twitter earlier this month by a high school senior from South Dakota who was visiting Florida. (OK, more correctly, she wrote, "WHOS IN SARASOTA FLORIDA AND HAS WEED.") While she was ultimately unable to hook up, @preznixon16 did get a response to her call for weed … from the Sarasota Police Department.
  • How Twins Allegedly Spent Winter Break: Bombing Stuff: Beware of bored college students home from school. Twin brothers Caleb and Daniel Tate are accused of blowing up a number of sheds—two of them belonging to the Amish—in Chester County, Pa., while home on winter break. The bombing spree started Dec. 20 with a mailbox, and by the end of the month five bombs had been set off. Oddly, police tracked down their suspects ... then let them finish out their current college semesters, giving one brother enough time to earn this degree.

  • Babysitter Takes Kids on Rather Inappropriate Activity: You could clean out the bank while playing Monopoly with the kids—or you could show them the ropes for real by bringing them along on a bank robbery. Babysitter Rachel Einspahr, 28, allegedly used the two children she was taking care of to do just that at a Colorado East Bank & Trust in Severance. Authorities say Einspahr pulled up to the bank's drive-thru and used the vacuum tube to send this note to the teller.
  • Cat Burglars Break Free of Their Name, Steal Dogs: "Don't label me" may have been what cat burglars who stole six dogs from a Humane Society animal shelter in Hawaii over the weekend were thinking during their transgression. Cops say the thieves ran off from the Kaui shelter with three mixed-breed pit bulls, two Airedale terriers, and a 2-month-old lab mix. There's something that could help bust them.
  • Alleged Car Thief Tries to Run and Hide From Cops: It won't go down in the annals of brilliant police chases: Police in Buffalo say a man driving a stolen car crashed it into a pole and kicked out a window to escape. The crash occurred after police began pursuing Zayvaughn Boutwell, 22, because they say he was driving erratically. Boutwell faces a slew of charges, including driving a stolen vehicle, reckless driving, and resisting arrest—something he allegedly tried to do in this precarious hiding spot.
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