crime: July 2011 Archives


A pickpocket in China has been caught on camera using chopsticks to steal a mobile phone - and to think we struggle when it comes to eating dim sum.

In the footage - which has been aired on Chinese TV news shows - the light-chopsticked man can be seen singling out his mark as he waits for a bus.

The cutlery crook then moves behind the young man and carefully uses the eating utensils to reach into the victim's pocket and pull out his mobile phone.

Even when the victim realises something is wrong and that his mobile phone has gone, the thief makes out that it may have been dropped rather than swiped - just check out his mime.

275x250.jpgWhen a group of office workers spotted a bike crook cutting the lock off a bicycle and trying to ride off they jumped into action and tackled him.

Staff from WCG World, a communications firm based in San Francisco, had seen the man using bolt cutters to snip the lock off one of their bikes.

After the call went out around the office several worker ran outside to see if they could stop the man -- who was struggling to get away because of a high saddle.

Leading the charge was Kristen Bell, a creative associate who threw herself at the bike-riding crook and managed to knock him to the ground.

The would-be thief then scooped up his things which had been dropped during the scuffle and ran away… little did he know he'd become a YouTube star.

275x250.jpg Firefighters were called to help rescue a man after his flailing legs were spotted sticking up from a drain in California.

21-year-old Jared Medeiros had apparently climbed into the manhole head first after dropping his wallet and found himself unable to climb back out.

Police were first on the scene - after Jared had been in there about 40 minutes - but despite their best efforts the "slightly intoxicated" man could not be removed.

It then fell to firefighters to rescue him and pull him free from the tight spot. He was soon released to his mother with minor scrapes and bruises. There was no news on the wallet.

275x250.jpgTwo Australian police officers say they both had to resort to using pepper spray on a red kangaroo after it attacked a 94-year-old woman.

The cops from Queensland had been called out after the elderly woman was attacked by the jumping marsupial as she was putting out her laundry.

While trying to fight off the beast with a broom, the woman had been knocked to the floor but eventually managed to get inside where her son called police.

When the officers arrived at the scene the male kangaroo was still there and charged at one of the cops who discharged his capsicum pepper spray at it.

Not happy, the roo then jumped towards the second cop who was standing at the back of the police car and he too used his spray. What's that Skippy, you want to lodge a complaint with the police complaints authority?

275x250.jpg There's a sure fire way to tell that your dog isn't exactly the world's best guard dog… like when it gets stolen itself.

And that's just what happened to Rocky the Rottweiler, a guard dog who was recently snatched from his home in Gloucestershire.

Thieves are understood to have lifted the fencing into the area where Rocky was kept and stolen him, nothing else was taken.

As such the home owners, who'd hoped the dog would be an active deterrent to would-be burglars, were forced to make an embarrassing call to police to   report that he'd been stolen.

275x250.jpg Vegas, a German Shepherd trainee police dog has been left looking for a new home after officers realised she is not brave enough to cut it with the force.

The 19-month-old dog had been specially bred for police work and gone through part of her initial training course before it was recognised she's a big scaredycat.

It's said the pup was great at things like jumping through windows, ignoring gunshots and chasing suspects -- she refused to bite them when she caught up with them - which means she won't be able to work with police.

Northumbria Police are now appealing for people who might be able to offer her a home to come forwards and say she loves to play with her toys and would be a fun and loyal companion.

275x250.jpgWhen two would-be armed robbers stormed into a store in California and demanding a bag was filled with cash, they probably didn't expect anyone to put up much of a fight.

But that's because they didn't know about Paco, the diminutive Chihuahua who took umbrage at their attempts to steal from his owner.

After the duo waved a gun around and made their threats at the store, Paco ran straight towards them and started biting at their ankles.

The pint-sized pooch continued to snap at the pair until they ran out of the door and across the street - he didn't even stop when they pointed a gun at him.

And while some doubters suggest this was probably because he has no concept of what a gun is, we'd like to think it was just because he's brave.

275x250.jpgA Taiwanese man has apparently been conned out of £200,000… after trying to buy a mail order croissant. Yes, £200,000 for a pastry.

The unfortunate pastry lover is said to have seen an online advert for a croissant which was "so delicious that it will make you cry."

But after paying the £2.00 for the french bread, he was contacted by the company and told there'd been a problem with the payment and he needed to process it again, so he did.

And this is where it gets weird. He received another series of calls asking him for money claiming that there had been an issued with his earlier payments and that unless he paid, he could be charged with money laundering.

In total he's reported* to to have shelled of 12-million Taiwan dollars (£200,000) over seven payment before he realised it was a scam. The never go the croissant, though the advert was true… it did make him cry.

275x250.jpgNASA is suing an Apollo 14 astronaut after he tried to sell a souvenir he brought back from the moon, according to reports.

Edgar Mitchell was hit with the legal threat last week, after trying to sell a lunar camera used during the 1971 mission.

The '16mm Data Acquisition Camera' had been expected to sell for £50,000 at a auction in May -- but now NASA say they want it back.

A lawsuit, filed in Miami federal court, states NASA has no record the device was ever transferred to Mitchell and is therefore still their property.

But Mitchell reportedly contests that as NASA were planning to dispose of the camera after the mission, he did nothing wrong by taking it home with him.




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