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.
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