5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including an apparent cartel hit in Wyoming
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2014 5:54 AM CST
Updated Jan 31, 2014 8:30 AM CST
5 Craziest Crimes of the Week
This undated photo released by the Park County Sheriff's Office in Cody, Wyoming, shows a belt buckle found on a decapitated man.   (AP Photo/Park County Sheriff)

An apparent drug-cartel slaying in remote Wyoming and a 911 dispatcher accused of serious misconduct make this week's list:

  • Cartel-Style Beheading Stumps Wyoming Cops: A gruesome find on a dirt road has police in Wyoming fearing that Mexican drug cartel-style violence has found its way to one of the least populated parts of America. Duck hunters found the decapitated body of an unidentified man, and one of the few clues is his distinctive belt buckle.
  • Cops: 911 Dispatcher Takes Call, Warns Boyfriend: A 911 dispatcher in Delaware took a call about shots fired at a particular address, and then passed the information along. The problem is that police say she passed it along not to patrol cars but to her boyfriend, as a warning.

  • Farmer Is First American Jailed Thanks to a Drone: An inevitable milestone: A North Dakota farmer has become the first American to be convicted and sentenced to prison because of police work helped along by a drone.
  • Police Catch Deputy in Own Prostitution Sting: Well this must have been awkward: The Harris County, Texas, Constable's Office sent a deputy out undercover as a prostitute this week, and sure enough she was soon propositioned—by a deputy from the same precinct.
  • Armed Robber Snatches 300-Year-Old Stradivarius: One of the most valuable instruments in the world was stolen Monday by a robber who used a stun gun on the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster in a parking lot. The assailant then made off with a priceless Stradivarius violin.
Click for more crazy crimes, including a deadly dispute over prose vs. poetry, and, of course, a new Justin Bieber arrest. (Read more weird crimes stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.