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News and Blues

Your weekly re-cap of weird and funny news from around the nation.

Curses, Foiled Again



News and Blues

7/16/14

Curses, Foiled Again Paul James, 35, rented two mobility scooters while vacationing in Blackpool, England, and tried to take them home to sell, according to police who nabbed when he tried loading them into a van outside police headquarters. Officers noticed the scooters had signs on them indicating they belonged to Blackpool Wheelchair Hire and questioned James, who admitted the theft. (Blackpool’s The Gazette)



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07/09/14

Curses, Foiled Again Christopher Brent Fulton, 30, surrendered to authorities after seeing his photo as the suspect being sought for attempted bank robbery in Midwest City, Okla. He handed the teller a holdup note written on the back of a personal check but left it behind when he fled empty-handed, thinking he had tripped an alarm. The personal information on the check had been scratched out with a pen, but investigators were still able to read it and determine it belonged to Fulton’s mother. (Oklahoma City’s KOCO-TV)



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7/2/14

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6/25/14

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06/18/14

Curses, Foiled Again Sheriff’s investigators concluded that a burglar who broke into a fishing store in Rochester, Minn., was driven off by a motion-activated singing novelty fish near the door. Sgt. Tom Claymon said the would-be thief fled empty-handed after he knocked the Big Mouth Bill Bass onto the floor, and it began singing “Take Me to the River.” (Minneapolis’ Star-Tribune)



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06-11-2014

Curses, Foiled Again Instead of pulling over when a police officer caught him running a stop sign in Palm Beach County, Fla., Alexander Webster, 29, led the officer on a high-speed chase. He lost control and crashed into a hedgerow, then fled on foot until the officer drew his pistol and ordered him to stop. Websters 6-year-old son was found unhurt in the backseat of the crashed car. Webster said he fled because he didnt want to be charged with driving with a suspended license. Police checked and found his license was valid. (The Palm Beach Post)



NEWS AND BLUES

06-04-2014

Curses, Foiled Again Stephen Furr, 48, denied breaking into a Boston home and stealing copper pipe from a boiler, even after police found him hiding beneath the basement stairs with a pipe cutter (described as “a burglarious tool”) and copper pipe appearing to have been cut from the boiler. The homeowners called police after the thief’s loud banging on the pipes woke them. (Boston Globe)



NEWS AND BLUES

05/28/14 – 06/03/14

Curses, Foiled Again Police investigating a burglary at a church in Chula Vista, Calif., found a cellphone at the crime scene with a photo that the thief apparently took of himself. After identifying Adam Howe, 26, from the “selfie,” they arrested him and recovered some of the stolen property. (U-T San Diego)



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05/21/14 – 05/27/14

Curses, Foiled Again Gene Richins, 31, broke into a jewelry store in Sandy, Utah, by climbing down through the ceiling but then set off a motion-detector alarm. “The alarms were going off this whole time,” store owner Tim Branscomb said. “I don’t know why he didn’t just leave.” Instead, Richins continued filling his bag with jewelry. He wasn’t able to leave the same way he came in, however, so he tried to escape by breaking a window with a fire extinguisher but failed because the glass was shatterproof, police who arrived on the scene said. (Salt Lake City’s KSL-TV)