Police: Man Planning A Burglary Tipped Off Officials After Butt-Dialing 9-1-1

Police: Man Planning A Burglary Tipped Off Officials After Butt-Dialing 9-1-1

There are many ways to get caught in the act, but one guaranteed method to landing in hot water is calling the police directly and letting them know what you’re planning. Although one man accused of burglarizing homes in New Jersey didn’t mean to bring the cops in on his plan, his backside did all the dialing, calling up 9-1-1 just as he was allegedly discussing his plans. [More]

Not the macaroni salad in question. (Morton Fox)

Police Arrest 3 Suspects In Restaurant Burglary After Finding A “Steady Trail Of Macaroni Salad”

In the culinary justice system, restaurant thefts are not taken lightly. Luckily for the officers investigating a burglary at an Upstate New York establishment, there was a literal trail of evidence that wound up leading police to arrest three suspects. [More]

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Uber Driver Accused Of Returning To Burgle House After Dropping Off Passenger At The Airport

Having a complete stranger know where you live is always a risk, but it’s one we’ve all learned to take for the sake of practicality — how else are you supposed to get anywhere if you don’t have the means to drive yourself, after all? But police in Denver say that risk turned into attempted burglary, when an Uber driver picked a woman up from her home, took her to the airport, and then returned to her house to try to break in. [More]

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Family Dollar Burglary Suspect Makes Things Easy By Falling Through Store’s Ceiling, Landing In Front of Cops

There’s getting caught redhanded, and then there’s dumping yourself into police custody all by yourself. A man suspected of trying to burgle a Family Dollar made his capture pretty darn easy on cops yesterday morning, after falling through the ceiling right in front of a police officer responding to the scene. [More]

Man Accused Of Burglarizing Chicken Restaurant, Returning For Lunch

Man Accused Of Burglarizing Chicken Restaurant, Returning For Lunch

We aren’t in the business of giving advice to criminals, but a man in Costa Mesa, California might want to rethink his brand loyalty to El Pollo Loco. After you burglarize a place, it’s probably a good idea if you don’t return for lunch on the same day. At minimum, change your clothes first. [More]

Thieves Try To Sell Woman’s Stuff Back To Her While She’s Waiting For The Cops To Arrive

Thieves Try To Sell Woman’s Stuff Back To Her While She’s Waiting For The Cops To Arrive

There must be some great cosmic force that serves entirely to reunite people with their stolen belongings by way of an unwitting accomplice — the thief or thieves that did the stealing in the first place. One woman had the good fortune to run into her recently purloined belongings while waiting for the police to show up. [More]

Dozens Or Hundreds Of Apple Devices Burgled From Chicago Best Buy

Dozens Or Hundreds Of Apple Devices Burgled From Chicago Best Buy

How many Apple gadgets did thieves remove from a Chicago Best Buy this past weekend? Police gave the media a modest estimate of only $42,000 worth of iPads, MacBooks, and GPS devices. However, an unnamed source whispered to CBS Chicago that the figure could be closer to $200,000, with the haul including a few hundred iPads. [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]

Keep A Police-Accessible Record Of Your Serial Numbers With JustStolen

Keep A Police-Accessible Record Of Your Serial Numbers With JustStolen

JustStolen offers a free online database where you can store information about your personal property—”Any descriptive information can be entered into the database including make, model, color, serial number and any thing else you can think of. You can even upload photographs of your items.” The company makes its data available for free to police departments everywhere, so they can locate the owners of recovered items by (for example) typing in a serial number. It’s based in Boston but, since it’s an Internet company, it can be used by consumers and police departments no matter where they’re located.