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Thief turns stolen hearse into family car

A man strolled into his parents' Hallandale Beach home Wednesday morning, grabbed a Bible and a cross and then asked: Who wants to go for a ride?

He wasn't talking about taking a spin in the family station wagon.

Instead, he was joyriding in a hearse he stole outside a Carver Ranches church -- where a funeral was taking place, according to authorities.

The wild jaunt through Broward ultimately ended back at the church, 5212 Pembroke Rd., but not before the man behind the wheel tried to run over sheriff's deputies, causing one of them to fire at least twice, according to Sheriff Al Lamberti.

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Posted by Adam Beasley at 02:36 PM on December 17, 2008 in Broward County | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Santa gets a parking ticket

It seems no one gets a traffic ticket break in New York City. Not even Santa at work. 

Santa, who was handing out toys and candy canes, said he yelled "Ho! Ho! Ho!" to get the traffic agent's attention.

"This grinch just went ahead and fined me," he said.

The NYDaily News reports Santa, a.k.a. Chip Cafiero, plans to fight the ticket in court.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 08:13 AM on December 17, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Man holds another at knife point - for eggbeater

EggbeaterOutside of work, Evan and I both spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

But I think I speak for both of us when I say neither of us has ever gotten this urge:

Two armed men - one with a knife and the other a pistol - broke into a man's home just before 4 a.m. and demanded his eggbeater.

You read that correctly - his eggbeater.

Did I mention they held a knife to the man's throat?

Police in Plant City arrested Robert Eugene Thompson and Taurus Deshane Morris. The eggbeater was in Thompson's back pocket.

Posted by Jennifer Lebovich at 06:34 PM on December 16, 2008 in Crime , Weird News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

4-year-old breaks into dollar store, plays with toys

The tiny Texan broke into a Family Dollar Store Monday morning and started playing with the store's toys.

Security camera footage from inside the store shows the boy walk into the store through an unlocked door at 3 a.m.:

Posted by Lazaro Fraga at 04:56 PM on December 16, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Police catch man obsessed with Christmas

This man was no Christmas grinch, he just wanted more.

Police said hundreds of stolen items that included wicker reindeers, inflatable Santas and plastic snowmen filled a man's home on Monday.

It took police three trucks to recover all of the holiday decorations he allegedly took from Orange County homes.  The man remains behind bars on suspiscion of grand theft and possession of stolen property.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 11:01 AM on December 16, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Child predators should now fear Santa Claus

A 9-year-old girl in Texas had only one request for Christmas this year: Please make that man stop touching me and my sister.

Her letter addressed to Santa could not wait until Christmas day for a response. The Monitor of McAllen reports the man was arrested Friday, and could face as many as 99 years in prison if convicted of sexual abuse.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 08:41 AM on December 16, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Man tests positive for drugs, steals pee

Devin_2 While we're on the topic of pee, here's one about a Florida man who stole a fridge full of it.

Police say the Devin Anthony Perry broke into an Alachua County probation office and lifted a small refrigerator with urine samples - his was among them.

The 26-year-old man had tested positive for drugs and was apparently determined to get the contaminated sample back. He shot out the window of the office and took the fridge. He tried to cover his tracks, picking up broken glass from the window and setting a shrub under the window on fire, according to the story in The Gainesville Sun.

Fridge_2 The fridge hasn't been found.

Perry, who was on probation for drug charges, now faces charges of arson, destorying evidence, burglary and larceny.

Posted by Jennifer Lebovich at 06:24 PM on December 15, 2008 in Crime , Weird News | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack (0)

Man defends castle with fox pee

Fox3 Meddling teenagers, take note: Scott Wagar in Willmar, Minn., doesn't mess around.

Wagar, apparently fed up that a bunch of kids kept toilet-papering his house under the cover of darkness, decided to strike back.

He bought himself some night-vision goggles, filled a squirt gun with fox urine (!!! go ahead, read it again) and waited for his prey.

Soon, he spotted 10 to 15 kids running toward his home. He yelled at 'em, cursed at 'em, then opened fire with a steady stream of fox pee.

But who's laughing now? Cops arrested Wagar and charged him with assault.

*Thanks to Crime Scenester Jen for the tip.

Posted by Evan Benn at 02:51 PM on December 12, 2008 in Crime , Police , Weird News | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

'Tis the season to protect Jesus

18235027_240x180 Holy cow, there's a lot of crime news out there with religious twists:

Example 1: Someone stole two bags of cash from a church in Washington, D.C., and the Rev. Bill Hegedusich darted out of the 11 a.m. Mass to chase the crook. The priest recovered one bag with about $60 inside, but the thief got away. 

Example 2: Churches are keeping a close eye on their Baby Jesus and Virgin Mary figurines after a rash of Nativity-scene thefts last holiday season. Some are even installing expensive GPS devices and hidden cameras to deter pranksters. 

Example 3: A church vs. state battle is playing out in Oakland Park, where city officials want a Catholic mission to take down a concrete Jesus statue (left) they claim is hindering passing motorists.

*Thanks to Andrea for the tip

Posted by Evan Benn at 11:30 AM on December 10, 2008 in Broward County , Crime , Dade County , Police , Weird News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Crime scenes at Chuck E. Cheese

Obcu218_chuck_d_20081208181637 Did you know Chuck E. Cheeses can be more dangerous than a biker bar that's run out of Jack?

The Wall Street Journal took a good, hard look at crime reports in Wisconsin and across the country and found that police are being called with increasing frequency to the ball pits and birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese.

Experts blame it on something called "mama-bear instinct," where parents tend to get hyper-protective of their kids, along with the sometimes lethal combo of alcohol and Skee-ball.

The article mentions a recent incident at a CEC outside Harrisburg, Pa., where a woman told a boy to "stop hogging" an arcade game and took his tokens out of his hands. The boy's mother allegedly grabbed this woman by the throat and slammed her against the game machine.

I used the Herald's Data Sleuth to see if Miami-Dade's Chuck E. Cheeses have been the sites of recent police activity, but I couldn't find much. Perhaps South Floridians are just better behaved than the rest of the country.


*Thanks to Jeremy for the tip.      

Posted by Evan Benn at 10:16 AM on December 10, 2008 in Police , Weird News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

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