You’ve Won!! And You’re Busted!!

February 10, 2006

A New Zealand shoplifter was caught after a store tricked her into thinking she’d won a prize.

A Mad Butcher shop in Palmerston North put a CCTV picture of the thief under the heading: ‘Lucky Shopper’.

But it proved not so lucky for Amy Adams who was arrested when she turned up to claim her ‘prize’.

Adams pleaded guilty to stealing chicken from the shop when she appeared in the Palmerston North District Court.

She was sentenced to 40-hours community work and ordered to pay compensation.

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There Must Not Have Been a 7/11 Nearby

February 10, 2006

A bankobber was left empty-handed when he turned up ten minutes late and found the branch had already closed for the day.

Staff at the Podravska Bank in Zagreb, Croatia, told police they were just getting ready to go home when they heard the doors rattling and saw a masked man holding a gun trying to get in.

Police spokesman Davor Tor said: “Most banks here open until 7pm but this robber obviously picked the wrong branch.”

“Staff said even though he was wearing a mask they could tell from his movements that he was very confused to find the bank wasn’t open.”

Police are looking for the robber and say if caught he will be charged with attempted armed robbery.

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CALL 911, My Pot is Missing!

February 4, 2006

A Utah teenager called the police when a burglar stole a big bag of marijuana from his home.

And, after police pulled in a suspect, the 18-year-old agreed to go to the station to ‘identify’ the drugs.

The ‘victim’ was then arrested and charged with possession of drugs with intent to supply, reports the Deseret Morning News.

“He actually came and identified it as his,” said Orem Police Lt. Doug Edwards. “Even the dumb criminals are generally smarter than this.”

It began when police received a call from an Olem man complaining his home had been broken into and a quarter-pound of marijuana stolen.

The burglar had broken a window and apparently cut himself while crawling into the home.

The Orem man told police that a 23-year-old Provo man had called him about buying the marijuana but the deal hadn’t gone through.

Officers tracked the Provo man to his mother’s home where they found 6oz marijuana and a pair of blood-soaked trousers.

The man was arrested and charged with burglary, theft and possession of marijuana with intent to supply.

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Hey Doc, it Hurts When I do This!

February 4, 2006

A New Zealand doctor has upset patients by converting his medical centre into a high class brothel.

Neil Benson says he will employ “beautiful, experienced professional girls” in the up-market bordello which will cater for locals as well as visiting tourists.

The GP closed his Coopers Beach medical centre last year after a dispute with health officials over the lack of financial and community support.

The doctor, who claims “a lot of support from the men in the community”, believes there are similarities between the world’s oldest profession and medicine, reports The Northern Advocate

He said: “It’s about providing a private service and maintaining confidentiality, which is what my medical practice was about – so it’s not a big leap, really.

“Everything I have ever done is high quality. The standards of my medical practice were high and that will cross over to the brothel environment.”

Janet Brennan, a local resident, said: “I never thought he would go so low. I think he’s doing it to get back at the community for not supporting his clinic.”

Peter Foley, chairman of the New Zealand GP Council, said the change of business proved “medicine isn’t the big earner people think it is'”.

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Canine Chases Pussy, Gang Steals £10,000

February 4, 2006

A gang of thieves used a bitch in heat to distract a guard dog so they could raid a factory in Brazil.

After breaking into the factory in Santa Maria, they put the bitch near the guard dog, reports Zero Hora newspaper.

And while the guard dog was distracted, the gang took £10,000 in cash from the Segalin agricultural products company.

The secretary, who was the first to arrive at the factory, told the police: “When I arrived at the company I saw Zulu, the dog happily chasing after a female dog.”

CCTV footage confirmed the secretary’s suspicions.

A police spokesperson said: “Those are very creative and resourceful thieves, that was a very good idea!”

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See, Not All Criminals are Stupid

February 4, 2006

A burglar broke into a Norwegian grammar school – and solved some maths problems.

Nothing was stolen in the raid on a school in Klaebu, reports Aftenposten, quoting Adresseavisen.

But the intruder did take on a mathematics test intended for third grade students.

And, according to local law enforcement officials, he – or she – did a good job, solving all the problems correctly.

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Did They Think the Signs Resembled Cheetos?

February 4, 2006

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS — If you can’t beat ’em … joint ’em? The City of Amsterdam has begun selling recently introduced “no toking” signs to prevent the official ones from being stolen as collector’s items, a spokesman said Friday.

The signs were created as part of an experimental ban on smoking marijuana on the street in “De Baarsjes,” one of the city’s poorer neighborhoods. The measure, which went into effect Feb. 1, was intended to reduce loitering and petty crime.

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