crime: February 2011 Archives

275x250.jpgA police officer has escorted a group of ducklings to safety after coming across them on a busy road. And become an internet hero.

Glenn Eppler had been driving in Fort Myers when he encountered the unusual suspects - ten tiny ducklings - holding up traffic.

Footage from his dash-cam shows the officer jumping out of his vehicle and trying to guide the little feathered critters to safety.

But it wasn't as easy as he expected and the birds - which had somehow dodged traffic - were uncooperative.

Luckily a passer-by helped the officer to pick up the tiny ducklings and moved them to somewhere a little safer where they were reunited with their mother.

200x190.jpgNo-one likes having their cinema experience ruined someone noisily munching on popcorn when they're trying to watch a movie.

But most of us simply tut at the eating offender and carry on. Not so in Latvia, where a man has been shot dead after a popcorn-based argument.

It's been reported that an argument broke out during a screening of Black Swan in Riga, centred around the volume at which someone was eating their cinema treat.

As the credits rolled, the fight is said to have become heated and seen a gun fired. Police say a 42-year-old man has since died and a 27-year-old was arrested.

While we're all in favour of enforcing the Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo Code of Conduct… it's safe to say this is probably going a bit too far.

Naked sausage thief caught on CCTV (Video)

There's a reason Joshua Abernathy has been dubbed the 'sausage thief' -- and it not just because he's said to have robbed a retirement centre of their breakfast meat.

It's also because he revealed his own wiener during the raid in Florida… on a security video.

When centre bosses found their breakfast sausages had been stolen, they reviewed CCTV footage to find the crook responsible, and it's safe to say they were shocked by the images confronted them.

Footage showed a man wandering through the facility before going into a back room, stripping off and then re-emerging minus his clothes.

The naked robber then proceeded to help himself to the meat, a first aid kit and napkins… thankfully in this version of the footage the thief's own sausage has been blurred out

A cat burglar who stole 600 items has been outed as an actual cat, after a night-vision camera was used to capture footage of the feline.

Residents in San Francisco had initially wondered what was happening when clothes, teddy-bears and other small items started disappearing.

But it soon became apparent the crook was a kleptomaniac kitty called Dusty who kept returning home with other peoples belongings.

After setting up night-vision camera they recorded footage of him going out under the cover of night and dragging back his loot.

Over the past three years the cat is said to have stole 600 items from neighbours and is partial to women's bathing costumes… naughty kitty.

It doesn't make what he did any better, but this could be the world's most polite and apologetic armed robber.

The elderly man had walked into a Shell petrol station in Seattle and made a purchase before asking the cashier to do him a 'favour'.

As this CCTV footage shows he then produced a gun and told the man "Could you empty that till for me please … I'm robbing you sir."

Retaining impeccable manners throughout the raid the man said he was committing the crime to feed his family and repeatedly apologised for what he was doing.

Taking $300 he even said he'd return the money if was ever back in a better financial position… but after being arrested he we first have to show how polite he can be to judge.


Britain today has an unlikely crime-fighting hero in the form of an elderly woman who used her handbag to tackle a gang of robbers who were raiding a jewellers.

It all happened in Northampton yesterday, as a gang of six men on motorbikes arrived at a high street jewellery store and smashed windows with sledgehammers.

While most onlookers were happy to keep their distance, call police and film the robbery for YouTube, one elderly woman decided to take matters into her own hands.

As this footage shows, she sprinted down the road before letting the guys have it with her handbag and generally giving them what-for.

275x250.jpgWe think it's safe to conclude from this mugshot that Jerome Smith isn't exactly what you would describe as a criminal mastermind.

And that's not only because the 27-year-old has been caught after allegedly pistol whipping a pregnant woman, but because of his facial tattoos.

It's not even just the fact he has a collection of various eastern symbols tattooed on his cheeks… but the giant misspelt word on his forehead.

Smith - who was arrested earlier this week in Ohio - had meant to get a tattoo claiming to be a 'Genius'… but actually says reads 'Jenius'.

But it almost doesn't matter if it's spelt correctly or not… we think it's highly unlikely anyone with an above average IQ would want the word inking on their head anyway.

A bungling burglar broke into a bakery, found himself trapped in a locked store room and then struggled to get back out.

As this CCTV footage shows, the youngster had entered the Melbourne building via a skylight but soon discovered he wasn't where he wanted.

After a moment of panic he tried to climb back out by stacking a pile of containers, but they toppled and he fell.

He then tried using some shelves to get out… but again ended up on the floor when they too collapsed.

While he did eventually manage to get out, it wasn't before looking directly into a security camera. After the image was released by police a 19-year-old handed himself in.




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