Golden Butt: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a hitchhiker hissyfit
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2016 5:13 AM CDT
Golden Butt: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week
The gold was a lot smaller than this.   (AP Photo)

An alleged gold heist that's sure to be the butt of more than a few jokes, and a receipt that may have given away a huge secret factor into this week's crazy crimes.

  • Bigamy Charges Filed After Wife Finds Telltale Receipt: You know that feeling when you realize your husband is actually married to another woman in another state? No? Well, two women in New York and Pennsylvania apparently do. Authorities have charged Arturo R. Reid, 65, with bigamy after they say Annette Reid, 70, whom Reid married in New York City in 2004, found a pretty damning February 2015 receipt.
  • Cops: Mint Worker Smuggled Out $135K in Gold—in His Butt: A man whose job was to test gold for purity at the Royal Canadian Mint is accused of stealing $135,000 in precious metal—via his rectum. Leston Lawrence, 35, was known to set off the Mint's metal detectors more often than most, but he always passed a search with a hand-held wand, according to prosecutors. They say that's because Lawrence smuggled coins and 18 unmarked gold nuggets out of the Mint in his nether regions, and investigators found a greasy clue in Lawrence's work locker.

  • Luckless Hitchhiker Throws 'Hissy Fit,' Ends Up Arrested: It's admittedly not the optimal place to become stranded: a New Zealand community that just 70 people call home year-round, and one with no grocery store. But after a 27-year-old French hitchhiker found himself unable to thumb a ride south from Punakaiki after four days of trying, police say he essentially lost his mind. Here's the craziness that allegedly followed.
  • City Wants Public's Help After Pricey Fish Are Stolen: A city in Georgia has an unusual theft case on its hands: Eight fish have gone missing from a pond at a museum. It's a bigger deal than it might sound given that each is worth about $3,000. The manager of the Pine Mountain Gold Museum in Villa Rica called police late last month to say that he'd seen three "suspicious" men on video drive onto the museum's property and then allegedly doing what is expressly forbidden.
  • Undercover Cop Has Double-Life at Burger King: In what sounds like the set-up for a pretty fun movie, a Maryland cop went undercover as a Burger King employee in order to catch two workers at the fast-food restaurant dealing drugs. Police got a complaint that BK employees were selling drugs in the restaurant's parking lot, so an officer actually applied for a job there and his application was successful.
Read about more crazy crimes here. (Read more weird crimes stories.)

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