Crimeconomics

Pair Wheel Corpse to Store to Cash Check

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Wed, 2008-01-09 10:50.
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NEW YORK (AP) - Two men wheeled a dead man through the streets in an office chair to a check-cashing store and tried to cash his Social Security check before being arrested on fraud charges, police said.

David J. Dalaia and James O'Hare pushed Virgilio Cintron's body from the Manhattan apartment that O'Hare and Cintron shared to Pay-O-Matic, about a block away, spokesman Paul Browne said witnesses told police.

500 Parking Meters Stolen

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Fri, 2007-12-21 14:35.
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ATLANTA - It's bad enough that thieves have walked away with more than 500 parking meters in downtown Atlanta this year.

What's worse is that police are not even investigating.

Sandra Jennings, deputy commissioner of the city's transportation office, says Atlanta has had to replace about 39 per cent of its parking meter inventory this year because of the thefts.

Although the meters don't contain much money, it costs about $500 to replace each one.

How To Steal Porshe With A Flower Pot

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2007-12-06 12:34.
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BERLIN (Reuters) - A thief in Germany used a flower pot to steal a 150,000 euro ($221,000) Porsche.

Reversing out of his open garage, the car's owner heard a scraping noise and got out to investigate, police in the western city of Bonn said Tuesday.

As the 56-year-old was bending down to remove a flower pot jammed against a tire, a man pushed him aside, leaped behind the wheel and drove off in his grey Porsche 997 Turbo.

"All the shocked man could do was jump to one side to avoid being run over," police said.

Stolen, dumped, found, sold: the story of a $1m painting

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2007-11-22 09:41.
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A painting stolen 20 years ago then found lying in a pile of rubbish on a New York City street has sold at auction for just over $1m (£484,000).

The 1970 painting Tres Personajes (Three People) by Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo was taken from a warehouse where the owners had placed it while moving.

It was found by Elizabeth Gibson as she took her morning walk four years ago on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

After discovering the painting's value, she returned it to its original owner.

Miami woman sues missing husband for share of lottery win

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Wed, 2007-11-21 12:36.
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A woman whose husband has kept about $600,000 in lottery winnings from her says she has a number for him: half. And Donna Campbell is suing her husband in her attempt to get it.

But American Airlines mechanic Arnim Ramdass disappeared after his wife confronted him about the secret, so process servers haven't been able to hand him the lawsuit papers yet, Campbell's attorney said.

Marijuananomics 101 Or How Rising Canadian Dollar Hurts Sales 'BC Bud' In United States

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sat, 2007-11-17 09:45.
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This is a kind of article that you'd never read in The Wall Street Journal. If you liked Freakonomics, you'll love this article:

For years, backpacks crammed with cash have slipped north into Canada, followed closely by hockey bags packed with premium marijuana skating south into Montana.

A favorable exchange rate (not long ago, one American dollar bought one and a half Canadian dollars) made the smuggling profitable, and thus popular.

Real-Life Pet Detective Finds Missing $10,000 Cat

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Wed, 2007-11-07 11:01.
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A $10,000 cat is back with its rightful owner thanks to a dedicated Florida cop detective."His nickname is now official thanks to this latest case.The cat's owner, Sydney Williams, said she knew instantly that her prize pet had disappeared.

Reuters - FBI Raids David Copperfield's Warehose, Seizes $2 Million

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sat, 2007-10-20 08:50.
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - FBI agents have raided a Las Vegas warehouse owned by magician David Copperfield -- for reasons they did not disclose -- and media reports said that they seized nearly $2 million and computer equipment.

The FBI on Friday declined to say why it raided the Las Vegas warehouse, confirming only that it related to an investigation out of Seattle.

Man faces 30 years for 52-cent doughnut theft

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2007-10-09 09:06.
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FARMINGTON, Mo. - It's a hefty price for a pastry: A man accused of stealing a 52-cent doughnut could face time in jail.

Authorities said Scott A. Masters, 41, slipped the doughnut into his sweat shirt without paying, then pushed away a clerk who tried to stop him as he fled the store.

The push is being treated as minor assault, which transforms a misdemeanor shoplifting charge to a strong-armed robbery with a potential prison term of five to 15 years. Because he has a criminal history, prosecutors say they could seek 30 years.

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