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Farmer Says Thieves May Not Be Getting What They Think

Plants that only look like marijuana are disappearing every night, hemp farmer says

(Newser) - Hemp plants have been disappearing from Ralph Weed's farm in upstate New York. Just last week, two men were arrested after plucking 30 of his plants, state troopers said. But the thieves might be laboring under a misconception, the Times of Wayne County reports. Despite looking and smelling alike,... More »

Thief Strolls Out of Gallery With $20K Dali Etching

Employee at San Francisco's Dennis Rae Fine Art says it happened in a flash

(Newser) - No dead of night needed for this art heist: A thief sauntered into a San Francisco gallery in the middle of the afternoon, lifted a famous Salvador Dali piece worth $20,000, and walked right back out, all in just over 30 seconds, per KGO . The framed mid-'60s etching... More »

Thief Uses Cigarette Ruse to Steal $830K Timepiece

Not a great thing to have on your wrist in Paris

(Newser) - A French thief made off with an $830,000 diamond-encrusted watch, simply by taking it from the owner's wrist. So say Paris police, who are no strangers to such crimes. Thieves are known to hang around luxury hotels and jewelry shops near the Champs-Elysées, hoping to snatch a... More »

Cops: JFK Baggage Handler Swiped $300K, Called in Sick

Missing cruise ship cash has not been recovered

(Newser) - A Delta Air Lines baggage handler at New York City's JFK Airport who allegedly swiped around $300,000 from a cash shipment Tuesday became a suspect after he called in sick, law enforcement sources say. Quincy Thorpe, 40, was arrested at his Brooklyn home Thursday morning, ABC7 reports. Sources... More »

Thieves Make Off With $1.25M Toilet

It was the work of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan

(Newser) - A unique solid gold toilet that was part of an art exhibit was stolen early Saturday from the magnificent home in England where British wartime leader Winston Churchill was born. The toilet, valued at roughly $1.25 million, was the work of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. It had been installed... More »

His Alleged Method of Stealing 1.3K Credit Cards Is Incredible

Yusuke Taniguchi memorized names, numbers on cards that passed through his register

(Newser) - While the rest of us struggle to remember what we had for lunch yesterday, Yusuke Taniguchi apparently has a much easier time with recall. Gizmodo reports that the 34-year-old part-time mall clerk in Koto City, Japan, was allegedly able to steal more than 1,300 credit cards from his customers—... More »

Lawsuit: Deliveryman Stole Cakes Worth $89K

He allegedly stole hundreds of $90 cakes from upscale NYC bakers

(Newser) - The lure of illicit earnings was too sweet for a cake deliveryman to resist, according to a lawsuit filed by an upscale New York City bakery. Lady M Confections says David Lliviganay, 32, smuggled at least 1,020 of its cakes out of its Queens warehouse over a few months... More »

NYC Cops: We Nabbed Elderly Man Wanted for Years

Cops say octogenarian Samuel Sabatino would break into luxury apartments over summer break

(Newser) - It was the "unassuming demeanor, simple clothes, and large glasses" that police say helped the elderly man pull off his heists: more than $400,000 in jewelry and watches allegedly taken from New York City apartments over the past five years. The New York Times reports Samuel Sabatino, variously... More »

On These Beaches, Cops Hand Out 'Robbery Kits'

Barcelona beaches have a crime problem—and a solution

(Newser) - Going to the beaches of Barcelona? The bad news is that bathers are finding their clothes have been stolen while they're swimming. The good news: Police are handing out so-called "robbery kits" containing a metro ticket, flip-flops, and a pair of shorts to people who find themselves exposed,... More »

Actor's Doppelganger Found Guilty

English court convicts thief in viral photo

(Newser) - David Schwimmer had an alibi, but Abdulah Husseini did not. So the latter was convicted of theft and fraud Thursday in England, the BBC reports. The case became infamous when Blackpool police posted a surveillance photo of a thief, who looked a lot like the actor who played Ross in... More »

Texas Has a Problematic Wedding Crasher on It Hands

Police say woman has stolen gifts at least 6 times in Texas county

(Newser) - A woman has been crashing weddings in Texas and she's been taking a lot more than free drinks, police say. The Comal County Sheriff's Office says that the woman has been sneaking into weddings in and around the county by posing as a guest and then stealing gifts... More »

Burglary Suspects Pick Wrong Store to Sell Stolen Comics

After allegedly stealing St. Louis man's collection, they went to his comics store with the goods

(Newser) - When someone broke into a storage locker earlier this month and stole Martin Casas' personal collection of 3,000 comic books, which he'd painstakingly built up over three decades, he was put out but not hopeless that they were gone forever. That's because Casas also happens to own... More »

Rare Blood Infections Traced to Nurse's Alleged Opioid Theft

Kelsey Mulvey accused of swapping cancer patients' medication with tap water

(Newser) - A nurse in New York allegedly stole injectable opioids for her own use, then refilled hospital syringes with tap water in a move that caused rare infections in cancer patients, according to a new report. The report published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine notes six cancer patients... More »

FBI Says Amazon Drivers Stole Goods as Part of Massive Theft Ring

FBI busts theft ring in Washington state after millions of dollars' worth of sales

(Newser) - The FBI says a theft ring in Washington state sold millions of dollars' worth of stolen goods on Amazon.com in the past six years, and a pair of Amazon delivery drivers was involved. According to a search warrant affidavit reviewed by the AP , two storefront businesses posing as pawn... More »

Circus Wants Its Electric Chair, Bed of Nails Back

Thief made off with trailer full of props

(Newser) - If somebody you know recently came into possession of a bed of nails, a coffin, an electric chair, and assorted other strange items, they didn't get them at the Addams Family's garage sale. The props, used for acts of daring, were in a black Homestead Challenger trailer stolen... More »

'Flash Mob' Robs $30K Worth of Goods

And so far, they've gotten away with it

(Newser) - It was all over in less than 30 seconds. Police say a "flash mob" of ten people ransacked a North Face store in Wisconsin on Monday and took roughly $30,000 in merchandise, ABC News reports. "Ten black males entered the store and each grabbed as much merchandise... More »

10,000% Tip May Not Have Been as Kind as Waitress Thought

Cops say it was an act of revenge on woman's boyfriend

(Newser) - A woman dined at a Florida restaurant last week, leaving a 10,000% tip on a $55.37 breakfast bill. But what her waitress interpreted as a kind gesture after the death of her dog, per WFTS , was actually far from it. USA Today reports that Serina Wolfe and boyfriend... More »

They Stole a Porch Package, Then Found Out What It Was

Thieves apologize, return replica belt meant for sick 5-year-old with brain tumor, autism

(Newser) - Thieves swiped a wrestling belt replica that belonged to a sick 5-year-old Delaware boy—but this story has a somewhat happy ending. Timothy Vick Sr. tells WBOC that little Timmy Vick was diagnosed with autism when he was just a toddler, but then, another development in October: Timmy had a... More »

Police: Dating This Guy Cost a Woman $80K

But police have arrested the suspect, John Martin Hill

(Newser) - Have a bad online dating experience? At least you didn't go out with John Martin Hill. The alleged scammer was caught Tuesday after police say he met a woman on Match.com and swindled her out of $80,000, NBC News reports. Hill, 35, apparently convinced the woman from... More »

Freddy Krueger the Parrot Apparently Won't Die, Either

Brazilian bird going strong despite being shot, bitten, stolen

(Newser) - Freddy Krueger, the bird, has a face to match Freddy Krueger, the fictional serial killer—which might've been its salvation. The Amazonian parrot sent to a Brazilian zoo four years ago after it was left blinded and burned by a bullet to the upper-beak in a police raid on... More »

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