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Alleged Mobster Covered His Face on YouTube Videos, Forgot His Tattoos

Tats were visible on cooking show of alleged 'Ndrangheta gangster from Italy, hiding in DR

(Newser) - Come for the pasta making, stay for the arrest. Since 2014, Marc Feren Claude Biart, a purported member of Italy's infamous 'Ndrangheta crime syndicate, has been on the run from authorities in his home country after allegedly taking part in a Dutch cocaine trafficking operation. The BBC reports...

Fate of Stolen Rare Pine Is Finally Resolved

3 Wisconsin students stole the tree, then destroyed it amid media uproar

(Newser) - Police who were stumped by the theft of a rare pine tree in November from the University of Wisconsin Arboretum said Friday they have cracked the case, per the AP . UW-Madison police said three 19-year-old university students stole the tree as part of a “pledge” activity for the former...

Cops: Mom in Boxing Glove Attacks Girl at School

Florida's Edith Riddle, 34, charged with child abuse after incident outside school's cafeteria

(Newser) - A 34-year-old Florida woman is facing child abuse charges after allegedly fighting a 12-year-old girl at her daughter's middle school while wearing a boxing glove. Edith Riddle—who initially told officials she was unable to remove the boxing glove because it was superglued to her left wrist, per First...

Headmaster Allegedly Lowered Student Into Pit Latrine

Headmaster Lubeko Mgandela has been charged with child abuse

(Newser) - A school headmaster in South Africa was hit with a child abuse charge Wednesday after allegedly sending an 11-year-old into a feces-filled pit latrine to look for a cell phone earlier this month. The BBC reports the boy at Luthuthu Junior Secondary School was reportedly told he would be paid...

Burglar ID'd Thanks to Bite of Sausage

It only took 9 years

(Newser) - German police say they have solved a nine-year-old burglary after DNA found on a half-eaten piece of sausage matched that of a man detained in France over an unrelated crime, reports the AP . Police in the western town of Schwelm said Thursday that the sausage belonged to the victim, and...

Cops Find Stolen 400lb Slide in Kid's Bedroom

It was taken from local playground in December

(Newser) - A man in Washington state did an impressive job mounting a full-size slide on a child's bunk bed—but he's not going to be winning any Handyman of the Year awards. Police in Pasco, part of the Tri-Cities area in southern Washington, say the 400-pound slide was stolen...

Arrest Over QAnon Carving at 'America's Stonehenge'

Police allege Mark Russo, 51, used power tool on rock configuration

(Newser) - Police have made an arrest following a 15-month-long investigation into vandalism at a group of rock configurations in New Hampshire called "America's Stonehenge." Mark Russo, 51, of Swedesboro, New Jersey, has been charged with one count of felony criminal mischief, accused of defacing the stone in Salem...

They Tried to Age Beer on a Sunken Ship. The Barrels Vanished

A 'deep-water beermaking' experiment gone wrong off the coast of Argentina

(Newser) - Craft beer is getting ... weird. And the weirder the better, it seems, after thieves made off with or otherwise liberated nearly 200 gallons of ale being aged in a sunken ship off Argentina. The theft took place near Mar del Plata, where three local breweries and a diving school had...

Alleged Copper Thieves Had a Bold Scheme

Florida police say they dressed as a work crew, stole it from manhole

(Newser) - What's the best way to rob $30,000 worth of copper wiring? Police say a group of thieves attempted to pull off the odd heist in plain sight by posing as a nighttime construction crew in Hempstead, Fla., reports WSVN . And it might have worked had police not been...

Man Goes to Criminal Lengths to Get Out of Work: Cops

Police say Arizona 19-year-old faked his own abduction

(Newser) - Brandon Soules apparently really didn't want to go to work on Feb. 10. The Coolidge Police Department says officers received a call around 5:25pm that day about an injured man going in and out of consciousness; they responded to find the Arizona 19-year-old on the ground with his...

Arizona Man's Scheme to Get a Day Off Ends in Arrest

And he lost his job

(Newser) - An Arizona man found earlier this month near a water tower, his hands bound with a belt and a bandana stuffed in his mouth, had a harrowing tale for police. Brandon Soules told authorities that two masked men knocked him unconscious, put him in a vehicle, and drove him around...

Prosecutors Tie Biologist to Alleged Caviar Scheme

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources employees accused of trading eggs

(Newser) - For 16 days or so each February, fisherman are permitted to catch sturgeon in Wisconsin's Lake Winnebago system, with each one they catch registered at a state-run station. Inspectors will also take the egg-filled reproductive glands from adult female sturgeon in order to study them. Now, allegations of a...

Out of Jail at 10:08pm. A Carjacking at 10:28pm

Police in Spokane says Marcus Goldman wasn't free long before returning to crime

(Newser) - This is not going to help the recidivism stats in Spokane. Police in the Washington city say a man committed a felony 20 minutes after his release from jail, reports the Spokesman-Review . At 10:08pm Saturday, 31-year-old Marcus Goodman was released from the Spokane County Jail after being arrested on...

'Horror on Top of Heartbreak' After Funeral Vehicle Stolen

Woman's body was inside van taken from St. Louis convenience store

(Newser) - In this week's "you had one job" post, a Missouri funeral home driver may be in a bit of trouble after an incident in St. Louis. Per KSDK , which deems the case "horror on top of heartbreak," local police are on the hunt for a white...

Mask Dispute Results in Robbery of Chicken, Waffles

Man was denied service because he wasn't wearing a face covering at Pasadena restaurant

(Newser) - Refused service because he wasn't wearing a mask, a man returned to a Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles in California armed with a gun, demanded all the chicken and waffles he could carry, then swiped some syrup before making off with his meal. That’s according to...

Cops: Neighbors Argued Over Snow, All Ended Up Dead

Plains Township Police say the murder-suicide happened Monday morning

(Newser) - Bloodshed among a sea of white in Pennsylvania, where three people ended up dead after a Monday morning dispute about snow shoveling. Plains Township Police say they responded to a call on West Bergh Street and found the bodies of James and Lisa Goy outside. CNN cites a press release...

3 Duck Hunters Dead Amid Alarms Over 'Cutthroat Culture'

David Vowell, 70, allegedly shot two fellow duck hunters in Tennessee. Now he's dead

(Newser) - Two young hunters were killed in a Tennessee duck hunting mecca, allegedly by a 70-year-old fellow hunter who confronted them on a lake reportedly known for heated altercations over prime hunting spots. Now that suspect is dead, too, and while cops investigate three deaths at Reelfoot Lake State Park, at...

Cops: Man Stole Ambulance, Then Went to the Drive-Thru

Renaldo Leonard was busted at a Houston Jack in the Box

(Newser) - Car theft can really work up your appetite. At least that appears to be the case in a story out of Houston, where police say a man stole an ambulance on Thursday night, then promptly headed to a local drive-thru to grab a bite. "Paramedics were on a call...

Pastry Chef Arrested Over Risque Cupcakes

Woman in Egypt in hot water after images go viral

(Newser) - A female pastry chef has been arrested in Egypt for the crime of selling cupcakes decorated with penises, vaginas, and butts. The Ministry of Youth and Sports launched an investigation after photos of women eating the cupcakes at a birthday party at a Cairo sports club went viral. The chef,...

Cops on the Lookout for 2 Snake Shoplifters
Petco Reports
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Petco Reports a Bizarre Theft

Cops say 2 people ran off with a python

(Newser) - Police in Peabody, Massachusetts, are looking for a couple who slithered away with a snake worth $300 from a city pet store, per the AP . The couple entered the Petco store around 4:30pm Monday, police tell the Salem News . The man asked an employee if he could play with...

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