Law and Disorder®
Strange Stories From Real Police And Court Files

©1995-2005 Archer & Valerie Productions.



HOT LIQUID WARNING DOES NOT APPLY
A man sued Starbucks, claiming his reproductive organs were destroyed by a loose toilet seat in one of their New York stores. Edward Skwarek said the toilet paper was on the tank behind him, and when he swung around to get it, the seat slipped off its separators, crushing him between the seat and the bowl. The suit sought one million dollars for himself and another half-million for his wife's loss of his ability to perform.

FIRING BACK
A man who was fatally shot in a shoot-out with suburban Los Angeles police was using a handgun of unusual origin. The 18-year-old shooter had fired at Claremont, California officers with an illegal handgun which had once belonged to a local police chief.

PAYDAY
A bank robber in North Charleston, South Carolina used his paycheck stub for a hold-up note - revealing his name and social security number to the teller. Police say Kenneth Richardson made off with 85-dollars ... less than the amount of his paycheck.

A VIRGIN BY ANY OTHER NAME
Richard Virgin was fuming when he got a letter from billionaire Richard Branson ordering him to change the name of his carpentry shop - Virgin Building Services. After all, his name was Virgin. Branson was threatening to sue, citing his big-business empire called Virgin Group, which includes Virgin Records and Virgin Airlines. So Richard Virgin has changed the name of his shop - to Richard Branson Building Services.

CARCASS CAPER
An Antoglio, Italy man was convicted of poaching and trying to bribe a traffic cop with the deer carcass strapped over his hood. The deer was unlawfully shot on a private estate - which was owned by the officer's inlaws.

$69?
A Florida phone sex operator has won a workers' comp settlement, claiming she was injured by continuously pleasuring herself at work. The Fort Lauderdale woman claimed that she developed carpal tunnel syndrome while committing the act several times a day for phone clients. Her attorney says she got a small settlement.

BACK FROM THE 'NET
A Baltimore man thought he'd never again see the prayer shawl and other religious items stolen from his car. But on a tip from a friend, he got on the internet and saw them posted on the auction website, eBay. A Baltimore police detective logged on and became the highest bidder for the items, which police found in the possession of woman who lived eight blocks away from the victim.

FOILED BY THE FOIL
Police in Pittsburgh say John Kelley took care not to leave any fingerprints when he robbed electronics from a suburban home. But his sweet tooth allegedly gave him away. Police say they found a fingerprint on a wadded up piece of chewing gum tinfoil. Kelly had 14 prior arrests for burglary.

CHILD WELSCARE
The Department of Social and Health Services in Washington state has amended a subsidy program for in-home child care. The department discovered that 207 families in the program had hired underage relatives or people with criminal histories. 13 of the babysitters were registered sex offenders.

HE'S GRRRREAT!
Mourners at a funeral in southern Thailand were shocked by disbelief when the man they thought they were burying turned up during the last rites. The 26-year-old man told his friends that his mother had misidentified a corpse at the morgue because he and the dead man both had tiger tatoos. His overjoyed mother returned the corpse to authorities.

THIS AIN'T ITALY
Police in South Philadelphia were called in after a huge brawl broke out at a soccer game. The parents - mostly soccer moms - were swearing, screaming, throwing food and striking each other. The Southeast Youth Athletic Association's Joanne McAfee said the kids behaved 150 times better than their parents.

AUTHORITIES MUGGED
Something was wrong at the former Ferald Uranium Plant near Cincinnati. By 8:30 am Internal Security was on red alert. A hazardous material unit from the EPA arrived at 9. Agents from the FBI and Ohio Department of Health came screeching in shortly afterward. At 10 am, a mobile lab from the Centers for Disease Control was summoned. This massive team of law enforcers and specialists made a startling announcement at 4 pm:  the fungus they found in the bottom of a coffee mug was nothing more than common food mold. The cup had been left on an abandoned desk with a note saying, Do not touch. Anthrax sample.

THROWIN' MORE THAN BULL
Albert Foulkes, Jr. seemed like a mild-mannered absent-minded professor to his neighbors in Allamuchy, New Jersey. When he told tall tales about doing special operations for the CIA, people just thought it was a quaint quirk. And then police swooped in and arrested him for building and possessing some horrifying firepower - a fully operational 600-pound flamethrower mounted on wheels.

GET STUFFED
Martinez, Georgia taxidermist Angel Hamilton usually serves hunters and fishermen, but once in a while an oddball comes along. Like the guy who wanted her to stuff a super-stinky skunk he'd run over. Some have wanted to preserve family pets. But one request was just plain sick. Hamilton had to explain that it would be illegal to stuff and mount a man's aunt. A-u-n-t, aunt.

WORKING OUT OF DOORS
A 35-year-old Ohio man was arrested for allegedly taking advantage of heavy oak antiques accessible from the street. Police say David Johnson stole 19 antique doors from Cleveland-area homes over a six-week period. He was arrested at an antique shop, where 16 of the doors were found. They can be worth up to two thousand dollars each.

SCAMMING A SCAM SCAMMER
The U.S. Postal Service sent out a jumbo postcard outlining some popular mail scams and how to avoid them. Well, a scammer in a high-income zip code in California decided to be one-up on the feds. The FBI accused Gil Renwick of reproducing the cards and adding a post office box where people could supposedly get special protection from scammers by mailing a one-hundred-dollar check. Authorities say Renwick conned at least a hundred people into mailing him cash and money orders.

BLAZE-BUSTERS BANNED FROM BEING BLAZERS-LIKE
Portland, Oregon's firefighters have been told they can't play sports anymore while on duty. The order came after four firefighters suffered injuries playing hoops and two others were injured in a tennis game. Chief Bob Wall noted that the fourth-leading cause of firefighter injuries in Portland was basketball.

BONG BANGS
A southern Texas police officer who thought he'd confiscated two marijuana pipes called bongs actually took possession of two bombs. The live devices were detonated by the bomb squad.

JACKPOT JERKED FROM JILTER
Tom and Denise Rossi were a happy couple who never strayed for 25 years - when suddenly, Denise demanded a divorce. Two years later, Tom found out his ex-wife had won one-point-three million dollars in the California lottery eleven days before she filed for divorce, so he took her to court. A Los Angeles family court judge ruled that Denise violated state laws by not disclosing her lottery assets in the divorce procedure ... and awarded every penny of her lottery winnings to Tom.

SKANK-O-SPACE
A suburban Milwaukee man was arrested for stealing 75 thousand dollars worth of marijuana - from Wisconsin's top cops. Police claim Joey Flechner stole the pot from a storage company locker because he smelled it while visiting his own locker nearby. The state Justice Department had rented the locker to temporarily store drugs seized in narcotics raids.

THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT
A Modesto, California man was arrested for impersonating his estranged wife at a Superior Court clerk's office. The county sheriff said Joshua Mutuma dressed up in women's clothing and used a squeaky fake voice to try and get a restraining order against himself dropped. The clerk said his wig was off center and he had a five o'clock shadow ... but the real giveaway was that his black high-heel pumps didn't match his white purse.

SLIPPING IN FOR A COLD ONE
Police say a sailor stationed at Pensacola went to great lengths to get a beer. Jeremy O'Neill allegedly pried open an air conditioning vent on a tavern, shimmied through a shaft, and tried to grab a beer from the cooler. But, police say, an alarm went off, and he left the way he went in. After arriving at the scene, police found O'Neill's wallet containing his military ID in the shaft, and later arrested him at the naval air station.

SLAPPED WITH A RIDE HOME
A sheriff's deputy denied he gave preferential treatment to the son of Republican U.S. Senator Rod Grams, who positions himself as tough on crime. Anoka County, Minnesota Chief Deputy Peter Beberg drove 21-year-old Morgan Grams home after a traffic stop, and did not charge him with any crime. The younger Grams was driving a rental car that had been reported overdue, without a license. And there were ten bags of marijuana in the car.

ONE WINNER, ONE LOSER
Martin Agurs, a convicted bank robber who'd been on the lam, says he figured his luck would run out someday. While investigating an unrelated matter at the Pittsburgh YMCA, U.S. Marshall Bob Holtz spotted Agurs, who'd been living at the Y for the 20 years he was a fugitive.

DON'T BOTHER ROLLING IF THE VAN'S NOT ROCKING
A TV news photographer and a producer have been fired from KVBC-TV in Las Vegas because of the footage of their news van rocking back and forth in a report about an earthquake. The video clip was shown on NBC and MSNBC after a 7-point-0 quake shook the Mohave desert, but Colby Knight and Derek Brown later admitted they rocked the van themselves to recreate what they'd seen during the quake.

DOUBLE DAY
It took five hours for Cambridge, England police to hear about a mob scene at a bookstore. That's because no one wanted to tell them that an ATM in the store was giving out 20-pound notes instead of 10s. Woolrich Mortgage Bank officials say someone improperly loaded the 10-pound slot with 20s.

TAKE A PICTURE, IT LASTS LONGER
While an inmate and his wife were enjoying a conjugal visit in a special area of a Tapachula, Mexico prison, there was a sudden crash, a shower of glass and a loud thump. The warden - who has been watching from the roof with binoculars - fell through the skylight to his death.

POP TOP
When a loud bang rang out behind the teller's desk in a Boston bank, two guards drew their guns and customers hit the deck. It wasn't a gun shot, however. A cola bottle had exploded in an employee's lunch bag.

CARRIER PIGEON
Mail containing credit cards and gift packages had been disappearing from a Fort Pierce, Florida post office. So a postal inspector mailed a Cartier watch containing a transmitter to a bogus address. When the package came back for processing, authorities tracked it to the car of postal worker John Cooper, who allegedly had the open package and two stolen credit cards in his possession when he was pulled over.

FOUR STORES AND SEVEN GAS STATIONS AGO...
Suburban Washington police were left scratching their heads over a crook who disguised himself as Abraham Lincoln. Nicknamed Dishonest Abe, the 6½-foot-tall bandit was holding up gas stations and grocery stores while wearing a long, dark overcoat, fake beard and top hat.

DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING IN A LARGER SIZE?
A college art show in St. Paul featured pieces depicting the seven deadly sins. One was a dress representing greed, which was made of dollar bills. It was a convincing display because someone stole it. But they didn't make a fortune - the dress was made from 48 one-dollar bills.

SLEAZY RIDERS
Two armed men fled on foot with no cash after a bank teller in Winchester, Kentucky sounded an alarm. Police nabbed their getaway driver outside the bank. Then a local cab company reported that the suspects had been transported from a nearby gas station to a hotel. But before police got to the hotel, the crooks called for another cab, so an officer disguised as a cabbie picked them up ... and hauled them off to the police station.

TAKING APART ART
Police say some well-equipped professionals stole a gigantic art mural from a San Francisco building. It was 8 feet tall, 64 feet long and made up of 300 segments. The artist - Barry McGee - had become popular since the mural's installation, getting 500 dollars a sketch.

BUY OR DIE
A door-to-door salesman for U.S. Custom Chemicals got a bit too aggressive - allegedly threatening to kill a Salinas, California man who wouldn't buy his Protek 1 liquid cleaner. The Monterey County's sheriff's office says the hard-sell huckster's bail was posted by his company.

BEAT COP?
He was named North Miami's 1998 Police Officer Of The Year. But 14 city employees have described him to investigators as a pervert. Detective Fred St. Armand of the Family Violence Unit denies claims that he pleasured himself in front of a female employee, but a state attorney investigator says he has a carpet sample that indicates otherwise.

DISAPPEARING ACT
A white-faced mime, complete with top hat, wasn't so quiet when he made it to the teller's window at a Sheraden, Pennsylvania bank. He produced a gun and demanded money. He and an accomplice got away in a stolen car and were chased into the woods by police who found his hat, red jacket and purple sweatpants before calling off the search. One detective said it was a good thing he left his costume behind ... he wasn't a very good mime.

FINGERED
Eleanor Clark couldn't help notice that a man who bought pastry at her Seattle coffee shop every morning had three fingers missing on his left hand. And she couldn't help noticing the same hand on a masked gunman who robbed her shop one day just before closing time. Detectives nabbed the thief when he showed up the next morning for his pastry.

MY PC KEEPS SAYING IT HAS PERFORMED A "LEGAL OPERATION"...
And the Environmental Protection Agency's Waste Wise award goes to ... the Tennessee State Prison in Nashville. It's the first penal institution to get the EPA award. Inmates have composted more than 800 tons of food waste and recycled 985 tons of cans and plastic. They saved 475 computers from the dump by upgrading them and giving them to schools.

SHOW & TELL
A four-year-old Putnam, Oklahoma boy was suspended from his preschool for a year because of something in his back pack - a loaded gun. Police say the boy got the .38-caliber pistol loaded with hollow point bullets from his parents' night stand.

FANG LOCK
A Salem, Oregon man must regret the day he went out of his way to abuse an animal. When a possum blocked the road, Juan Cortes pulled over his car, got out and kicked it in the head. The possum reacted by sinking its fangs into Cortes' ankle and holding on with its powerful jaws. Paramedics and an animal control officer were required to remove the angry animal from Cortes' leg. He was admitted to a hospital, where he tested positive for rabies.

GROIN GRAFFITI
A Georgia state court awarded 31-year-old Wes Moore 75-thousand dollars because of a prank by two nurses during a hospital stay for hernia surgery. Moore awoke from his operation at a Columbus hospital to find blue markings and a tape measure around his genitals.

ELEVATED DEATH RATE
Tokyo Police are dealing with some inanimate killers:  platform shoes. The trendy shoes are blamed for the death of a woman who was unable to use her car breaks with her 3-inch heels. Earlier, a nursery school teacher died from a skull fracture after toppling over in her 5-inch platform sandals.

JUST PEANUTS
Truck driver Xavier Ocampo was spotted cracking open a peanut and eating it during a delivery to a Lincoln, Nebraska grocery store. When employees saw him do it, Ocampo offered to pay for it, but the staff refused and called police. Ocampo was ticketed for misdemeanor theft - of a one-cent peanut.

AIR HEAD VANDAL
A Provincetown, Massachusetts teenager thought he'd impress his posse by flattening a tire on a classic Jaguar parked in a city lot. But when he stabbed the tire with an ice pick, it exploded, knocking him unconcious with flying steel-belted debris. Police arrested him for vandalism while he was being treated in a local emergency room.

JUST PIPED IN
Emma Broderick of Sea Cliff, New York was shocked to find that someone had ransacked her apartment. Lamps were overturned and items were knocked off her counters. But it wasn't a burglar. She was even more shocked to find the culprit - a 4-foot boa - curled up in a warm corner. Police theorize the escaped pet found its way into her apartment through the plumbing.

DEATH CHEATED TWICE
The used car Rodney Shears of Lima, Ohio had just bought stalled on some railroad tracks. His passenger was able to run for it, but Shears' door wouldn't open as the car was struck by a train, thowing him from the car. When he regained consciousness, he was being placed in an ambulance and felt lucky to have survived. A few blocks from the scene, the ambulance was broadsided at a busy intersection. Shears says someone must be watching over him - and that his sisters advised that he come back to church.

E.T. PHONE 911
A group of paramedics feared a woman had a miscarriage in an Essex, England subway station when they received a dispatch that a human fetus had been found. The station was closed down and the ambulance crew rushed the object to the hospital. ER doctors determined it to be a popular alien egg toy - which looks like an unborn child suspended in a gooey placenta-like substance.

TURNED IN
Police in Peru found a man sought for murder for over three years when someone turned him in for a reward. Investigators had spent seven million dollars looking for the suspected wife-killer, only to find him already in prison on a robbery conviction. His cellmate claimed the 4-thousand dollar reward.

STATISTIC
The mayor of Hartford, Connecticut said crime in his city was on the decline. Just don't look at his house. The wife of Mayor Michael Peters came home to find that burglars had smashed in a door, ransacked the house and made off with 40 dollars in cash.

THIS CABBIE WON'T TAKE ONE RED CENT
A taxi driver in Knoxville, Tennessee had a pretty good idea he had a bank robber as a fare. After shuffling the guy around to five banks, a dye pack exploded, filling the cab with red smoke. The cabbie drove to his dispatchers' office and called police. When he returned to his car, the crook was still there ... offering to pay his fare with red money.

CORONARY, NOT CORONER
Sometimes it pays to be broke. A homeless man in Milwaukee had a heart attack while in jail, so taxpayers picked up the tab for his 20-thousand-dollar triple-bypass surgery. Gary Crivello was in jail because he was unable to post a 200-dollar bond.

WOOF & WOUND
Joseph Tiffany of Littleton, Colorado was shot by an unlikely suspect - his happy, tail-wagging smiley dog named Sampson. Tiffany left his gun lying on the ground during a hunting trip to Grant, Nebraska. Sampson stepped on it in just the right way to unlock the safety and shoot his master in the foot.

ROBBING THE HAND THAT FED HIM
The man who robbed an East Jerusalem, Israel bank of 125-thousand dollars was no stranger. Clerks said it was the the bank's own armed guard. Police speculate that the suspect left the country because his identity is so well-known.

"SO THERE I WAS, GUN IN HAND..."
A Seattle bank robber thought he had a close friend on the other end of a phone call, so he started the conversation by telling him about his robbery. Then he realized that he'd punched up the wrong phone number. The man on the other end of the line happened to be a police detective, who dialed a tracer code. The suspect was in custody within an hour.

UNPURE AS THE DRIVEN SNOW
200 soldiers in Mexico were confined to their barracks after something went terribly wrong during an anti-drug rally. 13 pounds of cocaine seized in drug raids was to be burned publicly. But when the military turned over the contraband to be burned, it had been replaced with ordinary flour.

DEAR MOM, I ---
A Buenos Aires man accidentally shot and killed his mother while trying to write a letter. The pen he couldn't get to work - which belonged to his 8-year-old stepbrother - was actually a miniature pistol disguised as a pen.

HEY, IT WAS ART CLASS
A 17-year-old Hudson, Wisconsin high school student faced eight counts of delivering marijuana after some fellow art class students thought the brownies he passed out tasted funny. Authorities told him to wipe that pot-induced smile off his face - a conviction on all counts could mean 50 years in prison.

WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE YOUTH OF TODAY?
A teacher at Franklin, Ohio high school got a reprimand after parents got wind of one of her classroom assignments. The unidentified teacher asked students whom they'd like to assassinate - and how they'd like to do it.

COURIER KID
A 32-year-old Ottawa man was charged with drug trafficking and possession and child endangerment after a baggie of marijuana fell out of his daughter's lunch bag at school. The 7-year-old told a teacher that she was supposed to deliver the package on her way to school. When the teacher turned the pot over to police, they got a search warrant and turned up 3½ kilos of pot, drug scales and stolen items at her father's apartment.

LAST STOP FOR TOY COP
A man pretending to be a detective flicked on a flashing red light in his compact car and pulled over a motorist near Herald Square in Manhattan. Police say Matthew Daly flashed a fake badge, carried a fake gun and was wearing an illegal bullet-proof vest. But the traffic stop offered a jolt of reality. The person he'd pulled over was an off-duty New York City police officer.

UNBALANCE DUE
Herman Wicker of Evansville, Indiana wasn't about to spend over 30 cents for a stamp to pay his hospital bill. The bill was for one cent. Then a collection agency came after Wicker, saying if he didn't pay the balance, he'd risk losing a credit rating. Wicker got the manager of the agency to check his records on the amount due ... and got an apology. He still has that penny.

NUMBER ONE EXCUSE
If you refuse a breathalyzer test in Pennsylvania, your license is automatically suspened for a year. But a Harrisburg man got his suspension overturned with a bizarre excuse. Judge Rochelle Friedman accepted John Carlin's story that his bladder was so full, he'd have wet himself if he'd blown into the breathalyzer.

NAH, NO ONE WILL PEEK
Three air passengers from the Netherlands were bumped from their flight to Newark, but their luggage was sent on ahead. Customs agents searched their unclaimed bags and found more than 5-million dollars worth of ecstacy pills. Agents were surprised to hear that the trio called from their New York hotel asking for their bags. Drug agents disguised as airline delivery workers busted 'em at the hotel.

EASY COME, QUEASY GO
Christine and Charles Nordstrom of Keene, New Hampshire were excited to be in the money. They got a refund check for 24-thousand bucks from the IRS. But when they saw that it was a refund for business taxes they'd never paid, they did the honest thing. The IRS advised them to write VOID on the check and mail it back.

PLEASE RETURN IF FOUND
Two young women who held up a video store in Whitmire, South Carolina were easy to trace. Detectives say one of the women left behind a bag containing her pager. Deputies simply used phone records to round 'em up.

JUSTICE IS BLINDED
A former justice professor was charged with becoming a little too involved with a federally-funded study on heroin. The federal government claimed Ansley Hamid used grant money to experiment recreationally with smack. Hamid allegedly went on vacation trips while double-billing the feds and the United Nations. Prosecutors also accused him of billing the federal government for 2-thousand dollars worth of CDs. Hamid allegedly told police he needed to listen to Abba, Mariah Carey and the Spice Girls while he worked on his computer.

BANDIT POPPED WITH POPPED TOP
A robber in Columbus, Ohio was in such a hurry he ripped the top off a drug store cash register, leaving the bottom portion with the cash drawer behind. Police responding to the call caught the suspect after spotting him running down the street with machinery and dangling wires.

SUSPECT SINGS ON SELF
A 17-year-old Matairie, Louisiana boy allegedly shot and wounded a golfer on a 25-dollar dare. And if that wasn't stupid enough, police caught wind of the scheme when the suspect bragged about in a song parody called I Shot The Golfer. Two 17-year-old friends were also arrested as accomplices.

YOU CAN'T BLAME EVERYTHING ON THE MAYOR
The mayor of Algete, Spain had a unique idea to find the man who raped and killed a 16-year-old girl. Jesus Herrero asked all five thousand male residents to voluntarily submit to a DNA test. Herraro went first.

A LITTLE LEAF
Portland, Maine pro-pot activist Mike Dee stood on a busy street corner holding a marijuana plant yelling at motorists to have him arrested. He wanted to go to court on possession charges to challenge the system ... but police just told him to stop blocking traffic. The chief said if Dee wanted to get arrested, maybe he should have had a bigger plant.

OOPS! SORRY, DUDE!
Two teenaged burglars picked the wrong car to break into in Farmington Hills, Michigan. An undercover cop called for backup when the pair tested his locked door. They apologized and moved on when they saw Officer Mark Mostek dressed in plain clothes in the car, but continued on to open other cars. They were busted by the arriving patrol unit.

BOMBED AND STILL TICKING
Santa Fe, New Mexico police have had a lot of trouble keeping one habitual drunk driver off the streets. They arrested Joe Rael on his twenty-first DWI. Rael possessed what appeared to be a valid driver's license, despite the fact his license was suspended for 10 years in 1997.

HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH
A 13-year-old boy faces attempted murder charges near Nashua, New Hampshire. The boy attacked his sleeping parents with a frying pan, knives and a hockey stick. The police report says he was angry at them for taking away his cigarettes.

MORE THAN MAIL
Berkeley, California mail carrier Martin Jiminez says he just can't walk away when there's trouble. Jiminez stalked three suspicious characters and alerted police when they broke into a house on his route. Six years earlier, he helped chase down and capture a rape suspect.

DENTURE GRIP
Police used tooth marks to identify a senior who was jumping out from behind bushes and biting children in Framingham, Massachusetts. After finally identifying a James Rehar as a person-of-interest, the man greeted detectives at his rooming house door with a toothless smile. But a search warrant turned up a set of dentures hidden inside the Rehar's toilet tank. They matched the bite marks on the victims.

NO CANINES ON THE CAROUSEL
Dogs are not allowed to use the swings or slides in a new park in Hilbert, Wisconsin. According to a new ordinance, pets can't come within 20 feet of the park's playground equipment. Dogs caught climbing the monkey bars could cost their humans up to 100 bucks.

BAD LUCK ON THE 13TH FLOOR
A man spent 40 hours in a Manhattan elevator when no one responded to emergency bells or his cries for help. His elevator car was stuck just above the 13th floor at the start of the weekend. A friend said when the man needed to make his bladder gladder, he'd just pry open the doors a bit.

SOCCER-LOVING THIEVES
Some armed crooks in Sao Paulo pointed guns into the window of an expensive car and demanded money. But when they noticed soccer star Pele in the back seat, they gave the thumbs up sign, apologized and walked off.

STONED ON CHARITY
A Pawtucket, Rhode Island man admits he financed his pot-selling operation with money intended for his daughter. Dennis Brooks used donations from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute to help defray the costs of brain cancer treatment for his four-year-old. Police say the girl was looking on as Brooks was arrested while conducting a drug deal.

IT'S NOT THE AGE, IT'S THE FREQUENCY
An 87-year-old man arrested for bank robbery in Pensacola may hold the record as America's oldest bank robber. Police received another surprise when they found out that J.L. Roundtree had been convicted of another bank robbery in Mississippi only two months earlier.

NO RIGHT NOT TO BEAR ARMS
People in Sao Paulo were outraged when a businessman told police that racketeers had chopped off his arm. But Police say they've found out the mutilation was an insurance scam. Sebatio Rodrigues has admitted he was trying to collect insurance money by having a friend lob off his arm, for which he paid 165 dollars.

Y2K BUG NOT A VOLKSWAGEN
Maine's motor vehicles department experienced a Y2K glitch when issuing computerized titles for year 2000 cars. Several hundred people received titles listing the makes of their new vehicles as horseless carriages. The computer system read the vehicles as antiques from 1900. Replacement titles were promptly mailed out.

HIS OLD FLAME
A Duluth, Minnesota man noticed smoke coming from his ex-wife's house ... the same house that was once his. So he rushed over and contained the blaze with a garden hose. Later, his ex described him as my ex-husband, the hero. She was at her boyfriend's home when the blaze broke out.

PETTY THIEF GOES UNDERGROUND
It took police in Beijing 12 years to find a man accused of stealing 15 dollars. Officials searched the man's house from time to time, but never found the suspect, until one officer noticed that a closet floor looked false. The man had been hiding in the hole he had dug under his closet.

DO YOU WANT COINS WITH THAT?
The manager of a McDonald's in El Paso left deposit bags with the day's receipts on the roof of his car and drove off. The bags fell off and one broke open sending bills flying through the air. While he was retrieving the broken bag, a woman in a van drove up, scooped up the full bag, and drove off.

JAILED AT THE SCENE #1
A burglar underestimated the unity of a Milwaukee neighborhood when he broke into a house while its occupants were at church. 30 neighbors - mostly women or children - blocked every entrance and exit to the house until police arrived. Even when the crook threatened to come out with kitchen knives, he was held at bay by a band of children wielding sticks.

JAILED AT THE SCENE #2
A man who tried to force a 15-year-old girl into his car outside a Chicago-area high school was easily taken into custody by police. After the girl screamed Pervert! and broke away, the man jumped into his car and hit the gas. Two cars smashed into both sides of his, trapping him inside until police arrived.

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