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Guy Arrested on Same Odd Charge Twice in One Week

Florida's LeRoy Stotelmyer accused of impersonating a law officer

(Newser) - Hand it to LeRoy Stotelmyer, he doesn't give up. The Florida man was arrested Friday for allegedly impersonating a law officer only days after being arrested on the very same charge, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The 60-year-old's latest alleged offense: impersonating an officer to avoid paying a $2... 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 »

'He Had a Gun Drawn': Parents Arrested With 2 Young Children

The Phoenix couple has filed a claim for $10 million

(Newser) - A Phoenix couple wants $10 million after being arrested at gunpoint with their two small children, apparently over a stolen doll—and bystander videos don't look great for police, CNN reports. Dravon Ames and his fiancee, Iesha Harper, say they didn't see their 4-year-old daughter steal a doll... More »

He Just Bought a Private Island. Cops Say He Stole From Kmart

Andrew Lippi faces grand theft charges, accused of stealing $300 worth of items

(Newser) - Andrew Lippi owns a resort that's been used in MTV's Real World and a private island in the Florida Keys that he purchased for $8 million last week. He was also just accused of trying to steal about $300 worth of items from Kmart. ABC News and the... More »

He Said He Feared for His Life. Tape Makes It a 'Tough Call'

Legal experts wrangle with whether store co-owner had 'stand your ground' rights in fatal Fla. shooting

(Newser) - The tapes are out from Florida police, and now the world can see more of the story behind the fatal shooting of Christobal Lopez. The 50-year-old was killed Oct. 3 in a Vets Army Navy Surplus Store in Lakeland while there with his father—both transients, police say, per the... More »

Cincinnati Cop Tases Girl Accused of Stealing Food

Officer is on restricted duty amid investigation

(Newser) - A Cincinnati police officer is on restricted duty after using a Taser on an 11-year-old girl suspected of stealing food from a Kroger. "It's hard to understand why an 11-year-old would be tased. I expect answers in 24 hours," Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman tells the Cincinnati Enquirer... More »

Trump: 'I Should Have Left Them in Jail!'

President chastises father of UCLA player arrested in China

(Newser) - President Trump is singing a different tune after helping three UCLA athletes who were arrested for shoplifting in China come home. “I should have left them in jail!” the president tweeted Sunday in response to an interview in which one of the players' fathers downplayed his role in... More »

Basketball Players Head Home After Week's Detention in China

Resolution of case against them isn't clear

(Newser) - The three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting while on a team trip to China flew back home Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reports. A source confirms to ESPN they are due back in the US Tuesday. Hours before freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley were spotted by... More »

Source: UCLA Leaves Alleged Shoplifting Players in China

The rest of the team is due back in Los Angeles Saturday night

(Newser) - The UCLA basketball team is heading back to Los Angeles without three players arrested on shoplifting charges in China, a person with knowledge of the situation told the AP on Saturday. Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley were to remain in Hangzhou, China, while the rest of the... More »

3 UCLA Players in China in Legal Limbo Over Shoplifting

LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill are confined to their hotel for now

(Newser) - Three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China are confined to their hotel as the legal process unfolds, reports ESPN . In theory, that could take months, depending on whether a formal investigation is launched, a Chinese law expert tells the Los Angeles Times . But the best bet is that... More »

Chinese Police Arrest 3 UCLA Basketball Players

LiAngelo Ball, others allegedly shoplifted from Louis Vuitton store

(Newser) - Three members of the UCLA men's basketball team were arrested Tuesday in China on suspicion of shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team's hotel in Hangzhou, sources tell ESPN . The Bruins are set to open their season against Georgia Tech on Friday in Shanghai. The... More »

Suspected Thief Was Cuffed in Police SUV. Then She Stole It

Toscha Sponsler crashed after 23-minute chase: cops

(Newser) - It's not often police embark on a high-speed chase of their own vehicle, but that's exactly what happened in Texas on Saturday. After receiving a call about a possible shoplifter at a beauty supply store, the Lufkin Police Department says officers chased down 33-year-old Toscha Sponsler, handcuffed her,... More »

Cop Buys Shirt and Tie for Shoplifter's Job Interview

Teen was busted trying to steal them from a Walmart in Toronto

(Newser) - A teen with no money and no good clothes to wear to an upcoming job interview made the misguided decision to try to steal a shirt and tie from Walmart. As Toronto's CP24 reports, the 18-year-old quickly got busted by store security. But that's when the kid caught... More »

NFL Player Wrongly ID'd as Shoplifter, Cut From Team

Lucky Whitehead says he was 'blindsided,' then cut from Dallas Cowboys

(Newser) - "Lucky" Whitehead's first name hasn't proved prescient lately, though he doesn't bear any fault in the most recent matter. Whitehead (whose real first name is Rodney, per NBC News ), who used to be a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, was cut from the team... More »

Army Veteran, 70, Fired for Confronting Shoplifters

Jim Tinney violated store policy at Home Depot

(Newser) - A 70-year-old Army veteran has been fired from a Houston-area Home Depot after trying to stop suspected shoplifters from taking thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise. Jim Tinney says he was fired last month from the store in Pearland. Tinney acknowledges he was trained to not confront shoplifters and knows... More »

Police to Shoplifting Suspect: 'Please at Least Try to Hide'

Guy left his driver's license info and a fingerprint

(Newser) - A man in Marietta, Ga., filled out a pawn ticket right before allegedly shoplifting from a pawn shop. That means he left the clerk with all of his driver's license information and even a fingerprint ... during a transaction that was caught entirely on camera. The Marietta Police Department had... More »

Macy's Must Stop Detaining Alleged Shoplifters, Forcing Confessions

The store is accused of locking shoppers up for hours, charging them to be released

(Newser) - A judge in New York ruled this week that Macy's has to stop detaining shoplifting suspects for hours on end, getting them to sign confessions without due process, and forcing them to pay money in order to be released, the New York Daily News reports. In his ruling, the... More »

Inside Tumblr's Weird, Bold Community of Teen Shoplifters

Meet Princessklepto and her 'lifter' friends

(Newser) - "Keep your movements subtle and casual. No store is free of blind spots. Find one and do your concealing there." These tips for shoplifting in the face of security cameras come courtesy of a so-called Liftblr blog , Liftblr being what Good calls "Tumblr's notorious shoplifting community,... More »

Teacher Who Won $1M Award Accused of Stealing $15 Blouse

She says it was a misunderstanding

(Newser) - An English teacher from Maine who won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize last year has been accused of shoplifting a blouse worth $14.99, the AP reports. According to the Portland Press Herald , security personnel saw Nancie Atwell browsing through a Damariscotta store on March 28. The security officers... More »

Accused Candy Shoplifter Faces Life in Prison

It was his 5th offense

(Newser) - A 34-year-old Louisiana man could spend the rest of his life in prison over his alleged shoplifting of $31 of candy, reports the Advocate . Jacobia Grimes is accused of trying to steal candy bars from a Dollar General, and his big problem is that he has five prior theft convictions... More »

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