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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 »

Man Who Left Pet Fish Behind Briefly Charged With Cruelty

Charges were ultimately dropped

(Newser) - When Michael Hinson was evicted from his Wilmington, NC, home last month, the 53-year-old left behind a fish—and found himself facing animal cruelty and abandonment charges. Officials say the 6-inch-long Oscar was in poor health, living in a dirty tank, and had no food available; Hinson was accused of... More »

Burglar Turns Out to Be 'Very Thorough' Vacuum

The perpetrator at an Oregon home? A Roomba

(Newser) - A "most wanted" suspect has been apprehended in Cedar Hills, Oregon: a "Roomba burglar." The ultimately amusing story started with a house sitter who arrived at a home Monday afternoon to find the bathroom door locked, reports the Oregonian . Shadows were visible through the gap between the... More »

To Hide Missing Girl Scout Cash, Dad Went to Extremes: Cops

Brian Couture accused of faking burglary in Oregon

(Newser) - Brian Couture has missed his shot at "father of the year" in the eyes of Oregon police, who say he staged a burglary to hide the theft of $740 his daughter raised selling Girl Scout cookies. Couture, 40, was found unresponsive in his Forest Grove home on March 6... More »

This Is the Most Swedish Arrest Ever

Cop recognizes a fugitive while naked in the sauna, makes the arrest

(Newser) - There's no escape from the long arm of the law in Sweden. Not even sitting naked in a sauna, reports the AP . Police spokeswoman Carina Skagerlind says an off-duty police officer found himself sitting in the same sauna in Rinkeby, a Stockholm suburb, as a fugitive who'd dodged... More »

The Ferris Wheel Was Spinning. Then Staff Spotted This Pair

Michael Mathisen and Lauren Wilder arrested after allegedly having sex on Cincinnati ride

(Newser) - If we had to score this next alleged crime, Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Round" would probably work. Cops say that, instead of simply taking in the view from Cincinnati's SkyStar Ferris wheel on Thursday evening, a man and his girlfriend instead got busy during the... More »

Judge Sentences Man to 'Pepsi Deprivation Syndrome'

He's ordered not to drink it for 4 years

(Newser) - A Hawaii man has been ordered not to drink his favorite soft drink during four years of probation on a car theft conviction, the AP reports. Judge Rhonda Loo imposed the restriction last week while sentencing 21-year-old Christopher Montilliano Jr., the Maui News reported Saturday. Montilliano lied to police when... More »

He Ordered One TV, Got Two. Now He's Under Arrest

Police say Nicholas Memmo refused to return extra television shipped to him

(Newser) - You order a TV on Amazon. The shipping company sends an extra one by mistake. What would you do? When this happened to a Massachusetts man, he allegedly mounted the extra TV on his wall, and he's now facing criminal charges, reports WCVB . Nicholas Memmo tells Boston 25 News... More »

She Handed Over the Cash. Then Robbery Suspect Saw Her Balance

Man accused of robbing woman at ATM in China apparently had change of heart

(Newser) - It's not clear if this story should be filed under "weird crimes" or "uplifting news." The surveillance cameras tell the tale of the person now being dubbed "the world's kindest crook," with the footage coming out of Heyuan in China's Guangdong province.... More »

'Florida Man' Birthday Challenge Is a Hit

You Google the 2 words, plus their birthday

(Newser) - Everybody knows "Florida man." He's the guy who shows up in bizarre crime stories that seem to bubble up out of the state. (Like so , or so , or so .) He's also why the Fark website, famous for its snarky headlines on bizarre stories, has a... More »

19-Year-Old's Alleged Plan to Get to Six Flags Is a Flop

Police say they found Jonathan Gualpa asleep in a stolen cab

(Newser) - He allegedly had a plan; the execution left something to be desired. Police say a 19-year-old New York City man wanted to go to Six Flags in New Jersey. To get there, Jonathan Gualpa allegedly decided to steal a taxi. Except the NYPD was able to track it via a... More »

Unicorn's Less Than Magical Morning: Theft, Crash, Hospital

2 men charged in convenience store robbery with crowbar

(Newser) - Too bad his costume didn't come equipped with wings. Police in Maryland have arrested a man accused of robbing a Baldwin convenience store while disguised as a pink and white unicorn. Per the Baltimore Sun , 28-year-old Jacob Rogge was wearing the full-body costume when he allegedly used a crowbar... More »

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