Ill-Advised Craigslist Deal: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

It wasn't a good idea to offer up pot for trade
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2016 5:11 AM CDT
Updated Oct 21, 2016 9:52 AM CDT
Ill-Advised Craigslist Deal: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week
A bud of marijuana is shown in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

A robber who asked the wrong person for directions and a would-be snowmobile buyer who offered the wrong trade to the wrong person make this week's list of crazy crimes:

  • Cops: Robber Asks Wrong Person for Directions to Bakery: Donald Newman-Smith allegedly robbed a convenience store in Stamford of $800, then decided to do what you probably wouldn't expect an alleged robber to do: head to a local bakery to splurge on fancy cookies and espresso. The problem is he flagged down someone to ask for directions en route.
  • Ill-Advised Craigslist Deal: Pound of Pot for Snowmobile: Jason Owen saw a Craigslist ad hawking a snowmobile and allegedly put out feelers to the seller to see if he or she would be willing to accept a pound of pot in exchange for the snowmobile. The seller agreed, but the deal did not go down the way Owen expected.

  • Chronic Shoplifter Finally Jailed—Over $4.49 Advil: A Pennsylvania man has been jailed for stealing a $4.49 bottle of Advil because it was the 12th time he's been convicted of shoplifting. David Springer, 51, was charged with a felony in the Advil case because of numerous retail theft convictions. He was sentenced to four months in county prison—and that's just the beginning.
  • Cops: Man 'Saves' Dog From Imaginary Fire: In his own way, Michael Orchard is a pretty brave guy. He saw his neighbor's house on fire, sped over in his car, smashed a sliding glass door, and rescued the family dog. Ah, but there's a "but," and it's spectacular—and got Orchard charged with criminal mischief and burglary.
  • Why Mailing Drugs to Someone in Jail Is Not a Brilliant Idea: Authorities found Buprenorphine, a synthetic opioid, in Florida inmate Shannon Carroll's mail. The person who allegedly sent it to her? Perhaps not who you would expect, but the move led to a family reunion—in jail.
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.