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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

(Newser) – 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.

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  • 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. (Read more weird crimes stories.)

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