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Somehow, This Phony Plate Didn't Fool Cops

Where is 'Califas' anyway?

(Newser) - A big-rig truck driver has been arrested after authorities spotted a phony license plate on his rig. How could they tell? Well, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department says the 1960s-style yellow-on-black plate had wobbly letters and numbers. Also, instead of "CALIFORNIA," it read "CALIFAS." The... More »

Escaped Inmate Caught, Then Accidentally Freed

Authorities are hunting for Geronimo Espericueta, again

(Newser) - Geronimo Espericueta escaped from jail in Arkansas last week, and authorities were still trying to round him up on Thursday. But in between those two dates, something odd happened—authorities actually caught the 47-year-old, but accidentally set him free, reports the Albuquerque Journal . The weird saga began when Espericueta and... More »

NFL Star Is Missing $500K in Jewelry and 2 Girlfriends

Le'Veon Bell tells police women stole the loot while he was at the gym

(Newser) - New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell is missing an estimated $520,000 in jewelry, and he told police that "both of his girlfriends" are the culprits, according to the police report . Bell claims the women stole the jewelry from his South Florida home while he was at... More »

Police: Guy Shoots Up Mobile Home, Calls Lyft to Flee the Scene

Lyft driver was 'shook up' by the whole thing

(Newser) - Not a great idea: using a car-share service as your getaway vehicle. Police say Issa Amer Ishtawi, 20, broke into a mobile home in Portage, Indiana, fired a gun, took one of the residents outside and then fired more into the mobile home, hitting one person in the foot and... More »

'Heartless' Prank With Oreo Earns YouTuber Jail Sentence

Kanghua Ren, aka ReSet, filled cookie with toothpaste

(Newser) - A prank called "heartless" and "disgusting" has now earned its perpetrator jail time and a hefty fine. YouTuber ReSet—real name Kanghua Ren—has been given a 15-month jail sentence by a court in Barcelona, Spain, and has to fork over $22,300 to a homeless man after... More »

He Should've Gotten a Ticket. The 'Holy Spirit' Saved Him

Dove flies in front of German driver's face right as camera take a picture

(Newser) - A man in Germany just got out of a $120 ticket, and he has a little bird to thank—not for telling him anything, but for flying in front of his windshield at the most opportune moment. Sky News reports on a photo being shared by cops in Viersen, which... More »

Woman Charged With DUI. So Is the Driver She Called

Both were released to a third driver

(Newser) - Authorities say a man drove drunk to a New Jersey police station where he was picking up a woman who had been charged with drunken driving. Hackettstown police say 21-year-old Morgan Doran, of Netcong, was arrested early Friday after a traffic stop, the AP reports. She was taken to the... More »

Someone Broke Into His House. Then They Deep-Cleaned It

Mass. man loved the toilet paper roses, was disappointed his kitchen didn't get tidied

(Newser) - Nate Roman should have been miffed that someone broke into his home in Marlborough, Mass., last week. Instead, CBS Boston notes the 44-year-old was "pleasantly surprised": The beds were made, the toilets were sparkling, someone had put out the trash, and his son's bedroom "never looked better,... More »

There's Something Nefarious Afoot in the NYC Subway System

Suspect believed to have caused delays, cancellations of nearly 750 trains since March

(Newser) - Someone has it out for the New York City subway system, having delayed or cancelled at least 747 trains since March. Jalopnik , which viewed 20 incident reports obtained from sources within the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, calls him a "supervillain." While he's been known to hit single trains,... More »

Judge Delays Sentencing So Criminal Can Go on Vacation

It would be a shame for him to miss that trip to Tenerife

(Newser) - What's more important: starting a prison sentence for five crimes—including possession of drugs, a stun gun, and an extendable baton—or going on your planned vacation to the Canary Islands? One judge in Wales apparently thinks the latter. He agreed to delay 51-year-old Colin Watson's sentencing until... More »

Ex-Disney Worker Allegedly Used Tunnels to Steal

Patrick Allen Spikes was arrested last week

(Newser) - A former Walt Disney World employee with backstage access stole about $14,000 worth of costumes and items from the Magic Kingdom and Epcot theme parks, authorities said Friday. Patrick Allen Spikes, 24, faces burglary, grand theft, and trafficking in stolen property charges, the AP reports. The Orange County Sheriff'... More »

At Least $10K Awaits Criminals Who Want to Move From Here

Mayor of Clarksdale, Miss., is ponying up his own cash to clear the city of criminal element

(Newser) - Live in Clarksdale, Miss., but want to relocate? Ever dealt drugs, belonged to a gang, or aspired to do any of the above? The city's mayor has a deal for you. FOX13 reports on Clarksdale's "five-point crime-fighting plan," and one of those points is telling criminals... More »

Teen Admits to Stealing Isaac the Lemur From a California Zoo

Federal authorities say he's agreed to plead guilty

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors say a man has agreed to plead guilty to stealing a ring-tailed lemur from a Southern California zoo, the AP reports. The US attorney's office says in a news release that 19-year-old Aquinas Kasbar of Newport Beach agreed to plead guilty to one misdemeanor count of unlawfully... More »

Girlfriend Pays Big Price in Unusual Prison Escape

Maxine Feldstein posed as a sheriff's deputy, is sentenced to 15 years

(Newser) - It was a surprisingly simple plan as far as prison escapes go, but it worked like a charm. For a while. Maxine Feldstein, 30, posed as a sheriff's deputy to free Nicholas Lowe from the Washington County Detention Center in Arkansas, reports KFSM . She showed up at the prison... More »

Man Heading to Trial Over a Flush

Pittsburgh's Thomas Wells charged with abuse of grandparents' ashes

(Newser) - Asked to move out of his mother's house, a 33-year-old man allegedly flushed his grandparents' ashes down the toilet out of spite, prompting charges of abuse of a corpse. Thomas Wells of Pittsburgh had been living with his mother for a short stint prior to September when she asked... More »

Man Pulled Over With Dead Wife in Passenger Seat

'Cause why stop the road trip?

(Newser) - A 70-year-old man told police his wife died on a road trip, so he strapped her in their car's passenger seat and continued on. The explanation came Monday as Rodney Puckett of Oklahoma was pulled over for a traffic violation along Interstate 10 in Arizona, reports the Arizona Republic... More »

Guy Test Drives Ferrari, Does Not Return

Police in Germany are looking for him and the car

(Newser) - German police are looking for a rare 1980s Ferrari believed to be worth more than $2.2 million after a man posing as a would-be buyer stole it during a test drive. Police in Duesseldorf said the man answering an advertisement for the red Ferrari 288 GTO, first registered in... More »

New Arrest of 'Florida Man' Is a Doozy

Gary Anderson charged with driving a mower drunk and hitting police car

(Newser) - If "drunk," "lawn mower," "suspended license," "squad car," and "Florida man" were on your weird-crimes bingo card this week, you can collect your prize. The Tampa Bay Times reports that 68-year-old Gary Anderson was arrested Saturday after a Haines City cop... More »

A Cop Asked a 'Standard' Question, Got a Gator for an Answer

Woman in traffic stop pulled an alligator out of her pants, investigators say

(Newser) - Among the more routine questions a police officer might ask during a traffic stop: "Can I see your license and registration?," "Do you know how fast you were going?," and "Anything else?" A Florida woman responded to the third query Monday by making what Fox... More »

Wheels Go Missing on Police Cruisers

City has to have cruisers towed after thefts

(Newser) - Police are finding it more difficult to chase anybody in one Mississippi city: The wheels on their cruisers are being stolen. Three police cars had to be towed last weekend after wheels were taken, a Jackson police spokesman said, per WTVY . The cars were parked behind a police museum downtown... More »

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