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Inmates Escape, Come Back With Whiskey

It apparently wasn't the first time in Beaumont, Texas

(Newser) - These four inmates didn't want their freedom, apparently, but they did want their incarceration to be a little more tolerable. Authorities in Beaumont, Texas, say they caught inmates from the local Federal Correctional Complex who had escaped and were returning with whiskey, cell phones, and other goodies, reports Newsweek ... More »

Fla. Man Allegedly Offered Gator Beer —and His Own Arm

Timothy Kepke survived to face charges, officials say

(Newser) - Timothy Kepke said he'd downed a couple of beers. Perhaps that's why the Florida man offered up his arm to an alligator one night in late August, according to a report from state wildlife officials. The report, mentioning unreleased video footage, describes a friend catching the gator with... More »

Shoplifting Suspect's Hiding Spot Made Her Hard to Capture

Police say Kristina Perkins hid in the ceiling of a Florida Big Lots, kept moving

(Newser) - A Florida woman faces multiple charges after authorities say she climbed into the ceiling of a Port Charlotte Big Lots store to avoid a shoplifting arrest. A Charlotte County Sheriff's Office news release says 37-year-old Kristina Perkins headed into the store's restroom on Friday and removed some tiles... More »

Day Before Wedding, Woman Tells Fiance to Turn Himself In

She saw an online post apparently showing him robbing a bank to pay for ring, venue

(Newser) - Coming up with the cash to pay for a wedding can be a stressful endeavor, and in a case out of Texas, it turned out to be a criminal endeavor for a groom-to-be. ABC News reports that Heath Edward Bumpous was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery after a Friday... More »

No-Show for Jury Duty Faces Surprising Consequences

21-year-old Deandre Somerville is thrown in jail for 10 days after oversleeping, not calling in

(Newser) - A 21-year-old Florida man made three mistakes when he got picked to serve on a jury: he overslept the next morning, he decided not to bother going in at all, and he never called anyone at the court to let them know what was going on. That last error appears... More »

The Cocaine Saved Them. Then It Got Them Busted

Suspected drug smugglers found clinging to bales in Pacific after boat overturns

(Newser) - They can thank their drug bundles for both saving their lives and possibly ruining them. ABC Australia reports that three men from Colombia were plucked out of the Pacific over the weekend after spending hours in shark-filled waters. The alleged drug-runners, who were said by authorities to have departed from... More »

Video Shows Man Allegedly Cutting E-Scooter Brakes

Fort Lauderdale police arrest Randall Williams, 59

(Newser) - A 59-year-old Florida man is apparently not a fan of electronic scooters—or the people who ride them. Police in Fort Lauderdale released a video they say shows Randall Williams cutting the brake line of a Lime public scooter, reports Gizmodo . Police are investigating whether Williams is the same person... More »

Cops: Suspecting Infidelity, She Brought Out the Nerf Guns

Louisiana woman charged with domestic abuse child endangerment

(Newser) - A woman is facing charges after turning Nerf guns on the husband she accused of cheating, according to Louisiana police. Anh Thi Pham allegedly brandished the plastic toys with foam darts before chasing her husband out of their West Monroe home and down the road on Monday night, reports KTVE... More »

Bride, Groom Spend Wedding Night in Jail

They were arrested for allegedly assaulting police

(Newser) - Sometimes weddings can get a little rambunctious, but they usually don't end with the newlyweds in jail for allegedly assaulting police. That's what happened Saturday in Prescott, Arizona, authorities say: Officers responded around 9:30pm to reports of a woman in a wedding gown attempting to assault a... More »

Man's Flatulence Lands Him in Court

He allegedly deliberately farted at an officer

(Newser) - Well, he got his answer. The Scotsman reports a 28-year-old was earlier this month sentenced to 75 hours of unpaid work after farting three times in the presence of police and asking, "How do you like that?" The incident began in the wake of a car crash in Aberdeen.... More »

Thieves Get Away With 50K Apples

Orchard owner suspects inside job

(Newser) - Of all the things it might occur to the dishonest human mind to steal—money, cars, jewelry, baby goats—a perishable fruit might not top the list, but here we are, America. CNN reports that thieves swiped an acre's worth of apples from Williams Orchard in LaPorte County, Ind.... More »

Glass Broke, She Blacked Out —But Didn't Know the Truth

Georgia woman Nicole Gordon had terrible headaches, and for good reason

(Newser) - Doctors found out why Nicole Gordon suffered from severe headaches: She had a bullet lodged in her skull. Now her ex-boyfriend, Jerrontae Cain, has been sentenced to 25 years in Georgia after shooting her and not telling her about it, CNN reports. The Fulton County District Attorney's office says... More »

FBI Seeks 'Mummy Marauder'

Man wrapped in gauze robbed Texas bank

(Newser) - The FBI's Houston office is trying to catch a bank robber dubbed the "Mummy Marauder" before the city's news outlets can use the headline "The Mummy Returns." The FBI says the robber had white gauze wrapped around his face and arms when he robbed the... More »

Cops: 'Captain America' Tried His Hand at Burglary

The reason David Hobbs was busted in superhero garb? 'Unknown'

(Newser) - He's the superhero we didn't know we needed. OK, maybe we didn't even really need him, but here he is. The Smoking Gun introduces us to 36-year-old David Hobbs, who cops say was busted early Monday as he tried to break into a backyard shed in Clarksdale,... 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 »

Man Admits He Staged Kidnapping to Get Wife's Sympathy

Police say he tied himself to a chair at his workplace

(Newser) - Should you find yourself having relationship troubles, police would probably ask you not do what they say one Wisconsin man did Wednesday. According to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, 45-year-old Darrel Moll called and texted his wife Wednesday claiming he had been hit over the head and tied up... More »

Trump Protester Whacked Wall Street Bull on the Horns

Texas man is charged after weird attack

(Newser) - There are people who love President Trump, there are people who don't love President Trump, and then there are the kind of people who decide to protest President Trump by attacking a statue of a bull with what was apparently some kind of a musical instrument. Tevon Varlack, who... More »

Cops Allegedly Confiscated His Pot. So He Called the Cops on Them

He was quite irate (and wrong) during his conversation with an Ohio police sergeant

(Newser) - A man confused about Ohio drug laws called a police department demanding that officers return the small amount of marijuana they "stole" from him, per the AP . WXIX reports the man told a Sharonville police dispatcher in an expletive-laced call Tuesday that it's legal to possess 100 grams... More »

Another Crazy Story About Popeyes Chicken Sandwiches

Police in Houston say customer pulled a gun when restaurant ran out

(Newser) - Police say a man pulled a gun at a Popeyes restaurant in Houston after being told they were out of chicken sandwiches. Houston police Lt. Larry Crowson says officers were called to the restaurant Monday night after a group of people tried to order a chicken sandwich, per the AP... More »

Video Shows 'Soccer Mom' Power-Sawing Into Med Spa

Police in Texas are looking for the suspect

(Newser) - Someone was apparently pretty desperate for anti-aging supplies: Police in Sugar Land, Texas, say that around 8:25pm on Friday, a woman wearing yoga pants and driving a Mercedes SUV used a power saw to break in to BotoxRN Med Spa. Surveillance video shows her cutting through the glass of... More »

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