Man Suspected Of Swapping iPods For Erasers At Target Caught, Arrested, Pleads Not Guilty

Man Suspected Of Swapping iPods For Erasers At Target Caught, Arrested, Pleads Not Guilty

Remember the guy in California who gave his wife an iPod box filled with erasers for Christmas, but not intentionally? When he tried to exchange it for a box with a real iPod in it, the new box contained erasers, too. We publish a lot of stories like this, but here’s something unusual: a follow-up story with the arrest of the person behind the alleged eraser-swap. [More]

Man Without Cellphone Ticketed For Talking On Cellphone While Driving

Man Without Cellphone Ticketed For Talking On Cellphone While Driving

We don’t have a problem with police officers enforcing laws that prohibit people from driving and talking on their cellphones at the same time. Where we draw the line is at the application of this law to a man who didn’t even have a cellphone in the car with him. [More]

Do Not Try To Deal Drugs From Your Cruise Ship Cabin

Do Not Try To Deal Drugs From Your Cruise Ship Cabin

What won’t you find on a list of must-pack items for cruise vacations? Narcotics and incriminating wads of drug money. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say a passenger on a Royal Caribbean cruise was caught with both inside his cabin, where he had allegedly set up a drug-dealing operation. [More]

Feds Nab Satellite-Smuggling Microsoft Contractor

Feds Nab Satellite-Smuggling Microsoft Contractor

Someone forgot to pay attention to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which teaches that giving Slugworth an everlasting gobstopper will lead directly to ruin. In a sting operation, the FBI arrested an alleged satellite smuggler who did contract work for Microsoft. [More]

Man Arrested For Spilling His Midichlorians On Star Wars Toy In Florida Walmart

Man Arrested For Spilling His Midichlorians On Star Wars Toy In Florida Walmart

The Smoking Gun website has posted an affidavit describing a particularly skeevy toy aisle incident in a Florida Walmart. A man allegedly took a copy of the February Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue over to the toy aisle, then masturbated to it in front of the Star Wars toys. When he was done, according to a Walmart employee who witnessed the incident, he wiped his hand on a nearby toy; a police source who spoke with TSG says it was a Star Wars lightsaber. [More]

Woman Arrested Over Wet T-Shirt Complaints At Florida
Children's Water Park

Woman Arrested Over Wet T-Shirt Complaints At Florida Children's Water Park

A 36-year-old woman says she’s planning on suing the city of Tavares, Florida, because its police force demanded her name for a “database” as she was leaving a children’s water park last spring. She’d taken her 7-year-old son there for the third time that season, and on each visit, other parents complained that her wet t-shirt and bra look was offensive. As she was leaving, a police officer demanded her name, and arrested her when she refused. [More]

Thief Steals iPhone While Victim Is Participating In GPS Tracking Demo

Thief Steals iPhone While Victim Is Participating In GPS Tracking Demo

On Monday, a man in San Francisco rode his bike up to a woman holding an iPhone and snatched it out of her hand, then took off. What he didn’t know was that the woman had just walked out of her company’s office to test a new GPS program that provides real time tracking. She went back inside, gave the police location updates over the phone, and man was arrested a half-mile away, reports the San Francisco Chronicle’s Crime Scene blog. [More]

Woman Sues Movie Theater After Being Arrested For Filming Twilight Scenes

Woman Sues Movie Theater After Being Arrested For Filming Twilight Scenes

A woman who was arrested last November during a screening of whatever Twilight movie was in theaters at the time has filed suit against the movie chain. She says that she only filmed two short sequences, the opening credits and a moment when her “favorite actor” took off his shirt. Wisely, she does not say in her lawsuit whether she’s Team Beefcake or Team Emo, or my niece would possibly go ballistic. [More]

Authorities Bust International Credit Card Cloning Ring

Authorities Bust International Credit Card Cloning Ring

Over 170 people around the globe were arrested on suspicion of participating in a massive credit card scam, reports Reuters. Fourteen countries were involved, and although most of the arrests were in Spain, there were also raids and/or arrests in Romania, France, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Australia, Sweden, Greece, Finland, Hungary, and the United States. In all, police say they discovered at least 120,000 stolen credit card numbers. [More]

Cruise Line Employee Used Reservation List To Determine When To Rob Vacationers

Cruise Line Employee Used Reservation List To Determine When To Rob Vacationers

I guess you could try to prepare your robbery schedule based on Foursquare and Twitter updates, but a former Royal Caribbean Cruise Line employee found a much easier way: she accessed the cruise line’s reservations list, wrote down the addresses of passengers and the dates they’d be on the cruise, and handed the list off to her husband. She’s being charged with 24 counts of burglary, while her husband will be charged soon. [More]

Man Gives $150,000 To Psychic, Then Suspects Fraud

Man Gives $150,000 To Psychic, Then Suspects Fraud

A man in Portland, Oregon says he’s now bankrupt after giving cash, a Hummer, and lots of trust to a local psychic. In all, he says his payments totaled $150k and now he’s bankrupt, and that he wants to warn others not to fall for such things. So just to be clear: don’t give $150,000 in cash and autos to a psychic in exchange for removal-of-demon services. And if you want to buy a tabernacle from the Vatican, deal with the church yourself and don’t go through the local psychic. [More]

Prison Inmate Charged With Running Major Department Store Credit Card Scam

Prison Inmate Charged With Running Major Department Store Credit Card Scam

Seven Ohio men between the ages of 27 and 50 were arrested last week and charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, after an investigation found evidence that they were gaining access to strangers’ store-issued credit cards to buy and resale merchandise. The group’s leader, who was also charged, is a 33-year-old inmate at Fort Dix, NJ. Investigators think he initially met one of the Ohio men in prison. [More]

Man Arrested For Hanging Eight-Story Ad, Held On $1-Million Bail

Man Arrested For Hanging Eight-Story Ad, Held On $1-Million Bail

Los Angeles has had a problem with illegal billboards for a while, but apparently it’s taking a ban on one type of display advertising seriously. “Supergraphics” are giant outdoor ads that stretch across the sides of buildings and are so big they can be seen from the International Space Station. Last month, the city filed a lawsuit involving several supergraphics already on display. A few days later a businessman hung an eight-story tall one on a building on Hollywood Boulevard, in the line of sight of cameras shooting red carpet coverage for the Oscars. He was arrested and held on a $1,000,000 bail. [More]

Burger King Employees Arrested For Putting Pills In Food

Burger King Employees Arrested For Putting Pills In Food

Two Burger King workers in Jacksonville, Florida have been arrested and charged with “poisoning food with intent to kill or injure a person,” reports WJXT. One customer took the bun off his fish sandwich to season it and found a blue pill smashed into mayo and lettuce. It turned out to be the painkiller hydrocodone. [More]

Whistleblower Nurse On Trial For Reporting Doctor To State Board

Whistleblower Nurse On Trial For Reporting Doctor To State Board

Update: After four days, the nurse was acquitted. [More]

Sonic Manager Arrested For Cooking Meth At Work

Sonic Manager Arrested For Cooking Meth At Work

Last week, police arrested a shift manager at a Sonic in Cape Girardeau, MO–it’s about halfway between St. Louis and Memphis, TN–after they found him with a big pile of meth supplies in the restaurant. According to Slashfood, he’d come back after the place was closed and tripped the burglar alarm. When police showed up at 1:57 AM they found the man in his Sonic uniform “allegedly attempting to whip up a batch of meth.” [More]

Crazy Customer Makes Death Threat In GameStop, Gets Hauled Off By Police

Crazy Customer Makes Death Threat In GameStop, Gets Hauled Off By Police

A man in Michigan grew so angry that GameStop wouldn’t take back his Xbox without a receipt that he threatened to kill someone and went to get something from his vehicle. The GameStop clerk called 911, and “Four Troy police officers, armed with rifles, stormed into [the] Oakland Mall store” and subdued him. He had an illegal stun gun on him but no firearm. [More]

Police Drop Theft Charges Against Pub Non-Tippers

Police Drop Theft Charges Against Pub Non-Tippers

Police in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, are withdrawing charges against the two college students who refused to tip at a pub last month, says The Morning Call.