All articles by Roland Sweet

News and Blues

Your weekly recap of weird news from around the globe.

Curses, Foiled Again A burglar used the homeowner’s devices to log on to porn, YouTube and his Facebook account, but authorities in Monroe County, Fla., quickly identified him because he forgot to log off Facebook. Sheriff’s official Becky Herrin said the 16-year-old suspect also ate a Pop Tart and drank a soda. (Miami Herald)



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05/13 – 05/19

Curses, Foiled Again Burglary suspect Christopher Wallace, 24, eluded sheriff’s deputies in Somerset County, Maine, for several weeks but then unwittingly alerted them to his whereabouts by revealing on Snapchat that he had just returned home. A second post followed that deputies were at his home and coming inside, but he was hiding in a cabinet. Social media-monitoring deputies then headed for the cabinet and found “a pair of feet,” the sheriff’s department’s Facebook page reported. “The feet just so happened to be attached to a person, and that person was Christopher Wallace.” (Kennebec Morning Sentinel)



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Curses, Foiled Again Someone reported two men acting suspiciously in a parked car in Rexburg, Idaho, but before police could respond, the men, aware that they had been observed, assumed they had been discovered by undercover officers. They called 911 and admitted possessing 20 pounds of marijuana. Rexburg police, who said they had no idea the men were driving through town with drugs, arrived to find Leland Ryan Kaimipono Ayala-Doliente, 21, and Craig Seward, 22, standing outside their car with the pot. (Pocatello’s Idaho State Journal)



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Curses, Foiled Again Jeffrey Wood, 19, announced a robbery at a convenience store in Washington, D.C., where two police detectives were shopping. They were in plain clothes, but one had her badge hanging from her neck. She told the suspect, “Stop playing, I got 17,” referring to the number of bullets in her gun. Wood reportedly replied, “I got 17, too.” He was bluffing, however, and was easily arrested. (The Washington Post)



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Curses, Foiled Again Tyler Lankford, 21, entered a bakery with a loaded and cocked revolver, pointed it at the 58-year-old clerk and demanded money, according to police in McKeesport, Pa. The clerk emptied the register, but when the robber picked up the money, he put the gun on the counter. The clerk grabbed it and chased away the robber, whom police identified from surveillance video. (Pittsburgh’s KDKA-TV)



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Curses, Foiled Again The civil marriage of Zubair Khan, 48, and Beata Szilagyi, 33, was exposed as a ruse to skirt British immigration laws when Khan couldn’t remember Szilagyi’s name. He delayed the ceremony to call his marriage broker for the name. The suspicious registrar called authorities, who arrested bride and groom for what Home Office immigration official Andy Sharpe called “a farcical, but nonetheless serious attempt.” (New York Daily News)



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Curses, Foiled Again Two thieves broke into a closed casino in Calgary, Alberta, and made off with an ATM. Security footage shows the two masked crooks loading the machine onto a dolly and wheeling it to their vehicle. On the way, it toppled onto one of the thieves, but they loaded it and made their escape. “There’s no money in the machine,” Staff Sgt. Travis Baker said, explaining that ATMs are unloaded several times daily and at the end of the business day. Noting that stealing ATMs requires heavy lifting and then “tools like grinders, axes and chisels” to break through to the cash box, Baker called it “a very ineffective way to make a living.” (Canada’s National Post)



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Curses, Foiled Again Police thought Luis Moreno Jr., 26, was driving solo in a carpool lane in Fort Lee. N.J., but when they stopped him, he showed he was legal by pointing out two men in the back of the SUV. The men said they were kidnap victims. Moreno tried to flee, but rush-hour traffic stalled his getaway, and he was arrested. (New York Daily News)



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Curses, Foiled Again Gregory Dike, 38, received 11 years in jail for robbing 10 banks across England. Police arrested him after he booked a taxi for his getaway, but the driver realized what was happening and refused to wait. “He was undoubtedly a beginner,” Detective Constable Darren Brown said. “We found robbery ‘self-help’ downloads on his phone,” including one called ‘How to Rob a Bank.’” (BBC News)



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Curses, Foiled Again Police looking for the man who beat up a woman in Ambridge, Pa., and held her captive for 12 hours, found him trying to flee town by bus. An hour after the victim called 911, suspect Donald Harrison, 22, posted the Facebook message, “IT’S TIME TO LEAVE PA.” The next day, she told police she spotted Harrison’s selfie on Facebook, announcing, “OMW TO SPARTANSBURG SC.” The Spartanburg bus had just left, so officers caught up to it and arrested Harrison. “We like it when dumb criminals assist in our investigation,” police Chief James Mann said, noting the Pittsburgh suburb has already been featured on World’s Dumbest Criminals for “a couple of things.” (Beaver County Times)