crime: March 2011 Archives


A laptop-thief has found out the hard way why you should never mess with a geek after his techno-savvy victim decided to humiliate him online.

Internet entrepreneur Mark Bao was understandably not happy when his MacBook Air was stolen earlier this year, and the 18-year-old assumed he would never see it again.

However a couple of months later he realised a remote backup program he'd installed on the laptop was still running and backing up files… presumably belonging to the crook.

After looking through the files Bao was able to discover the identity of the person in possession of the computer and reported them to the police.

But he didn't stop there. He also looked at photos and videos of the alleged crook, including a cringe-worthy one of him dancing in front of the webcam and uploaded it to YouTube

275x250.jpgA group of friends playing cricket in Manchester say they were bowled over when a team of armed police turned up at their practice session.

It turned out a passerby had mistaken the sound of the cricket balls hitting metal shutters on a industrial park as gunfire, and called 999.

Responding to this, a team of specially-trained firearms officers were rushed to the scene -- scaring the life out of the cricket players.

After ordering the cricketers out of the factory where they were playing, it soon became apparent there was no crime being committed, other than those against good batsmanship.

Once the officers were convinced they'd have been better off with cricket pads than bullet-proof vests, they left.

When robbers stormed into US store with guns, they probably expected an easy time - little did they know the owner had his own gun.

Not only armed, but he'd also served for seven years in the Iraqi army and wasn't going to give up without a fight.

CCTV footage shows the robbers bursting into the Nashville store and appearing to point a gun at the store owner and knock him to the floor.

But it was when they went after one of his employees that Kamil Alakabi retaliated by producing a weapon himself and conducting an impromptu shootout.

The criminal duo then fled the scene and it's quite frankly remarkable that no-one was injured.

275x250.jpgWhen a suspicious package was identified at a post office in Russia, anti-terrorist bomb squad experts were promptlt called to investigate.

But instead of a discovering a bomb inside the ticking box, they found… and accidentally activated vibrator.

Police say the sextoy-scare had prompted the building in Petrozavodsk to be evacuated and a security cordon installed.

It's not known exactly how the sex toy had been activated while in delivery or who the intended recipient had been.

But we're sure to find out when the some vibrator manufacturer starts claiming their sex toys are so good they can evacuate entire neighbourhoods.

275x250.jpgQuentin Tarantino is suing an Oscar-winning screenwriter neighbour… because his pet macaws keep letting out "blood curdling, pterodactyl-like screams".

The Pulp Fiction director - who is no stranger to blood curdling screams - says the noisy birds are even stopping him form working on his latest movie.

According to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the birds belong to Alan Ball, the man behind American Beauty and TV series True Blood.

He and his wife are said to have installed an "exotic bird menagerie" over a year ago and their macaws now scream for seven to eight hours each day.

47-year-old Tarantino claims the "obnoxious pterodactyl-like screams" have "seriously disrupted" his ability to work… we would have though they acted as inspiration.

275x250.jpgDavid Davis is probably feeling rather embarrassed about now, he was arrested mid-haircut and become the subject of one stupid-looking mugshot.

The 21-year-old from Stamford was getting his hair cut when he is said to have been approached by another man and got into an argument.

During the fight it's been reported that he picked up a pair of scissors and slashed the man across the back. Prompting cops to be called.

Davis was subsequently arrested by Stamford Police Department - who released this photo - while the victim was taken to hospital where he received treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

He's now due to appear in court on March 22 charged with first-degree assault… we wonder if he will be getting his hair cut especially for his day in court.


Ryan Shaw used to say the most interesting thing to happen when he was working at the gas station was seeing the odd drunk customer. Not any more.

That's because over the weekend an irate customer - who was reported to be angry at new pre-pay rules - ploughed his car into the Oregon garage.

The vehicle smashed through the window, knocked displays flying and shunted serving counters into each other narrowly missing the 27-year-old worker.

Amazingly he escaped with just a bruised thigh, a scraped knee and a knocked elbow… we suffered more injuries than that just watching the video.

A woman who thought it was taking staff at an off license too long to server her has smashed bottles of booze worth £1,000.

CCTV footage shows the woman waiting a the counter of Rite-Buy Wines & Liquors in New York, before arguing with staff and telling them they were being too slow.

Angered by the delay in service she then stormed off down an aisle with her arm outstretched to knock bottle after bottle off the shelves

Bosses say she destroyed around £1,000 worth of alcohol by knocking it onto the floor, including several bottles of Johnnie Walker Blue Label scotch.

But no matter what the irate customer did, it's nothing compared to this clumsy wine store worker.




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