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Would-Be Carjackers Stymied by Stick Shift

Suspects in attempted carjacking of a Porsche end up fleeing the scene in another vehicle

(Newser) - A group of would-be carjackers were forced to flee without the Porsche they were trying to carjack once they discovered it was a manual transmission and they didn't know how to drive stick. The car's owner was outside a business in Bethesda, Maryland, late Sunday when the group...

Cops Find Wanted Woman in Most Comfy of Hiding Spots
Cops Find Wanted Woman in
Most Comfy of Hiding Spots
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Cops Find Wanted Woman in Most Comfy of Hiding Spots

Felon Stacy Usher, sought by police for alleged parole violation in Florida, was found inside couch

(Newser) - A convicted felon in three different Florida counties eluded law enforcement for most of November, but authorities tracked her down this week hiding in her own home. WFLA reports that the Citrus County Sheriff's Office had been searching for 39-year-old Stacy Usher, who, according to its Nov. 8 Facebook...

Texas Mother Who Posed as Teen Daughter Found Guilty

Casey Garcia pretended to be her 13-year-old daughter for a day

(Newser) - Casey Garcia, the then-30-year-old mom who posed as her 13-year-old daughter at a Texas middle school in 2021 was last week found guilty of criminal trespassing. Another charge of tampering with government records had previously been dropped. The now 33-year-old was handed 6 months of probation, along with 100 hours...

Lawyer Accused of Bringing More Than Papers to Jail

Ronald Lewis, 77, is accused of smuggling drug-laced documents to inmates in Texas facility

(Newser) - A good attorney will have your back as you navigate all the legalities of your case. An even better attorney knows that "having your back" doesn't translate to sneaking narcotics into the facility where you're incarcerated. That's exactly what lawyer Ronald Henry Lewis is accused of...

After Police Chase, Golfers Trap Suspect in Port-a-Potty

Golf course in the Wisconsin city of Glendale saw a bit of excitement this week

(Newser) - A run-in with law enforcement drove a suspect in Wisconsin into the stinkiest hiding place he could find—both figuratively and literally. WISN reports that police in Glendale embarked on a chase Wednesday of an SUV stolen from Minnesota, which crashed into multiple cars, traffic barrels, and a guardrail before...

Woman Accused of Killing Friend With Eye Drops
Woman Guilty
of Killing Friend
With Eye Drops

Woman Guilty of Killing Friend With Eye Drops

Jury finds Jessy Kurczewski guilty of homicide, theft

(Newser) - A Wisconsin woman has been found guilty of killing a friend in 2018 by poisoning her with eye drops. A jury found Jessy Kurczewski, 37, guilty of one count of homicide and two counts of theft, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. She will face a mandatory life sentence on the...

Story of $6M Bank Heist Will Have You Shaking Your Head

Authorities say Costa Rica's largest-ever bank heist was an inside job

(Newser) - Little by little, an employee of Costa Rica's National Bank took advantage of a surveillance blindspot to slip more than $6 million worth of currency into envelopes and casually walk out of the country's largest bank, authorities said Wednesday. First announced last month, it was the largest bank...

Cops: Burglars at Car Dealer Wore Some Interesting Outfits

One was said to be in a 'pimp coat,' the other in a cowboy hat during Spokane break-in

(Newser) - Two suspects have been arrested and police are seeking a third after a car dealership in Spokane, Washington, reported an ambitious break-in earlier this week. Workers at Northtown Auto Sales arrived to work on Tuesday morning to find eight vehicles missing "and a rope hanging down from a giant...

Thieves Who Allegedly Swiped 2M Dimes Indicted

Feds say the men stole $235K in 10-cent coins off of a tractor-trailer from the US Mint

(Newser) - Federal authorities have released more details and unsealed charges in the theft of more than 2 million dimes earlier this year from a tractor-trailer that had picked up the coins from the US Mint in Philadelphia. The truck driver was bound for Miami when he pulled into a parking lot...

Alleged Serial Wedding Crasher Arrested at Wedding

57-year-old is accused of stealing money, cards

(Newser) - A 57-year-old woman who has allegedly crashed weddings in three states was arrested at a wedding in Mississippi on September 30. The Pontotoc County Sheriff's Department says Sandra Lynn Henson is charged with petit larceny, trespassing, and disturbing the peace in that state—and that she's been accused...

As Suspect Fled the Scene, Her Blonde Wig Went Flying

Driver in stolen truck rams into cop cars, leads police on chase in Orange County, California

(Newser) - A slow-moving police chase in California unexpectedly picked up speed Monday night, with the incident culminating in a suspect's arrest at a local Denny's. Orange County's La Habra Police Department reports that the pursuit began at around 8:20pm local time, with the driver of a stolen...

Man Who Found Bag With $5K Inside Arrested
Man Who Found Bag
With $5K Inside Arrested

Man Who Found Bag With $5K Inside Arrested

The problem, police say, is that Connecticut man kept the cash

(Newser) - A Connecticut man says it felt like he won the lottery when he discovered a bag with nearly $5,000 in cash lying in a parking lot. So, he decided to keep it. Three months later, he has been charged with larceny, the AP reports. It turns out the bag,...

Cops: Robbery Suspect Went to Store With 3 Parrots

They're trying to track down Virginia 'bird bandit'

(Newser) - Police in Fairfax County, Virginia are calling him the "Bird Bandit." Police say the suspect displayed a knife and robbed somebody of an undisclosed amount of money at a McDonald's in the Seven Corners area on Tuesday morning, the Washington Post reports. The suspect is described as...

A Stolen Vehicle Crashed Into a Cop Car. Inside, a Surprise

The owner, a juvenile, fled the crash site and was later arrested; suspect never mentioned the cat

(Newser) - Connecticut police who found a kitten in a stolen car say they've located the animal's owner: a juvenile suspect who fled and was arrested after the car crashed. The Meriden Police Department said on its Facebook page Thursday that the gray-and-white male cat, believed to be about 7...

Cops Hear Weird Siren, Arrest Phony US Marshal

Florida man claimed he was investigating shootings

(Newser) - A man accused of impersonating a law enforcement officer was wearing a hat that said "Police US Marshal," police in Florida say, but it didn't take a real Marshal more than a few seconds to determine he wasn't the real deal. The Marion County Sheriff's...

Dog Detects Thief, Does Not Deter Thief

Friendly pooch accepts a belly rub instead, and San Diego police release the video

(Newser) - A San Diego dog is excellent at detecting burglars. The next step could use a little work. As NBC San Diego reports, police released an unusual surveillance video of a burglar taking an electric bike from a homeowner's garage. "In a rather peculiar turn of events, as the...

Elderly Woman Says She Fought Intruder, Then Fed Him
Woman, 87,
Fed Her Home
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Woman, 87, Fed Her Home Invader

Maine's Marjorie Perkins says she fought off teen home intruder, then fed him a meal

(Newser) - An elderly woman not only fought off an intruder who broke into her Maine home—she made sure he was well-fed before he went on his way. The Times Record reports that 87-year-old Marjorie Perkins of Brunswick was fast asleep last Wednesday when she woke up to find a young...

Cops: Man Who Fondled Feet in Tahoe Arrested

Mark Anthony Gonzales, 26, accused of sneaking into Nevada resort condos to commit creepy crime

(Newser) - A California man accused of sneaking into Lake Tahoe vacation condos and fondling women's feet has been arrested. On Wednesday, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in Nevada said that 26-year-old Mark Anthony Gonzales of Atwater had been taken into custody on Monday and hit with burglary and battery...

After Bank Robber Failed at First Bank, He Crossed Street and Tried Again: Cops

And that time he was successful, police say

(Newser) - If at first you don't succeed, try, try again? That was apparently what a 67-year-old New Jersey man figured when he allegedly tried to rob one bank, failed, but then successfully robbed the bank across the street. Police say that on June 30, Ivan Sevastianow walked into a Wells...

Things Got Truly Nasty on I-95 in Connecticut

Human excrement leaking from a truck caused crashes

(Newser) - Traffic got nasty on a stretch of I-95 in Connecticut on Monday night—quite literally. A northbound tractor-trailer that was leaking human excrement as it traveled caused a number of crashes around 10:30pm, with police saying 10 vehicles ended up being impacted by the waste. The New York Daily ...

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