Girl Scout Gets Her Due: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

When drones become peeping drones
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2017 5:20 AM CST
Updated Feb 17, 2017 7:08 AM CST
Girl Scout Gets Her Due: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week
It's Girl Scout cookie season.   (Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star via AP)

From a Mission Impossible-esque heist to the latest moves of a "top 10 impostor," these are the craziest crimes of the week:

  • Girl Scout Robbed at Gunpoint, Then Cops Do Something Great: Thanks to a mass act of kindness by Union City police officers, the story of a cookie-selling Girl Scout robbed at gunpoint has a sweet ending. The 12-year-old and her mom were selling cookies outside a California Safeway around 5pm on Feb. 8 when a man approached and asked about buying some cookies. From there, something "horrible" happened.
  • Gang Steals $3M in Books in Hollywood-Esque Heist: It was a heist worthy of Hollywood: Thieves targeted a London warehouse temporarily holding some of the world's rarest books, cut through its skylights, rappelled down, and made off with more than $3 million in bounty. In total, the trio nabbed more than 160 books. CCTV cameras show the thieves doing something very specific before making off with this "jewel."

  • Cops Stop Erratic Drivers, Hear an Awesome Excuse: Police in Iceland pulled over two different drivers near the airport in Keflavík because they were swerving between lanes. Police thought for sure they'd made DWI stops until the drivers explained. The fact that they were both foreign tourists had a lot to do with it.
  • Infamous Con Man Found Living in Illegal Mountain Shack: Time named him one of America's "top 10 impostors," and now James Hogue is likely headed back to prison after authorities found him living in a homemade shack high in the Colorado mountains. A police officer spotted the 57-year-old con man in the illegal shack on Shadow Mountain in September—he may have been living there for up to a year—but Hogue escaped out a window.
  • It Was Only a Matter of Time: Peeping Drone Found: The community of Orem, Utah, first got a clue something was up via a December Facebook post from the local police department. "Are you missing a quadcopter?" the quirky seven-question survey asked, adding, "Have you been convicted of Voyeurism in the past?" and "Would you like to turn yourself in before we have to come knocking at your door, maybe on Christmas morning, with a warrant?" Looks like the cops got their man (and woman).
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