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Cambridge Man Steals 123 Parking Meters

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2007-10-04 09:22.
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A Cambridge man was arrested and charged with stealing 123 parking meters from city streets.Thomas Gannon, 37, was arraigned in Cambridge District Court on Tuesday, WCVB-TV in Boston reported.

Sanford Man Finds $100,000 In Attic, Starts Legal Fight

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Mon, 2007-10-01 07:05.
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Bernard Salcedo was looking for a bad wire in his attic after the power went out when he found $100,000 in cash, starting a messy legal fight over who should get the cash.

The money was hidden in a cavity cut in the insulation in four plastic bags filled with $20 and $100 bills stuffed into a strongbox. The 26-year-old computer engineer remembered someone was killed in the home years earlier, so he called police. "We didn't know if the murderer knew about the money," Salcedo said. "We decided the best course of action was to let someone know."

Man Commits Five Burglaries After Watching TV Show Called 'It Takes A Thief'

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Wed, 2007-09-19 08:21.
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A man who says he learned how to rob homes by watching a TV show was sentenced to 12 years in prison for a string of burglaries in central Kentucky. Michael W. Hobbs, 36, of Waco, Ky., pleaded guilty to five counts of burglary. He was sentenced Thursday.

Inmates Riot Over Sausage Ration

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sat, 2007-09-15 06:46.
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HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - Some prisoners in the Lea County jail started fires and broke toilets and windows after they were told they would be allowed only one sausage each for dinner.

Warden Jann Gartman says 33 prisoners were involved in the melee Tuesday evening.

Officers from the Lea County Sheriff’s and Hobbs Police departments were called to the jail to restore control. The jail was locked down after the incident.

Westchester Couple, Unable To Sell House, Turn It Into A House Of Prostitution

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2007-09-11 07:01.
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(CBS/AP) The downturn in the housing market appears to have driven two New York homeowners to desperate, illegal measures when their house went unsold.

Police say the Westchester County couple, both mortgage brokers, turned their home into a brothel.

Man Sues Police Department To Get His Porn Back

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2007-09-06 08:35.
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(AP) A man recently jailed for secretly videotaping a woman and a teenage girl has sued a police department for the return of his massive porn collection taken during the investigation.

Dennis Saunders, 59, filed suit against San Rafael police in Marin County Superior Court after the department refused to give back some 500 pornographic movies and 250 magazines his lawyer described as unrelated to the peeping case.

$10000 Boots Stolen

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sun, 2007-08-26 10:11.
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SAINT JO — Police have charged a man with felony theft for allegedly stealing a pair of award-winning $10,000 cowboy boots from a North Texas custom shop.

Adrian Lex Parker, 30, was arrested Wednesday at the Saint Jo police department when he came in to give a statement. An employee of Trail Town Custom Leather identified Parker as the suspect who made off with the boots last month when the employee was distracted by a phone call.

Pentagon Paid $998,798 to Ship Two 19-Cent Washers

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sat, 2007-08-18 10:45.
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Aug. 16 (Bloomberg) -- A small South Carolina parts supplier collected about $20.5 million over six years from the Pentagon for fraudulent shipping costs, including $998,798 for sending two 19-cent washers to a Texas base, U.S. officials said.

The company also billed and was paid $455,009 to ship three machine screws costing $1.31 each to Marines in Habbaniyah, Iraq, and $293,451 to ship an 89-cent split washer to Patrick Air Force Base in Cape Canaveral, Florida, Pentagon records show.

Police force-feed 50 bananas to thief to expel stolen necklace

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Mon, 2007-08-06 10:03.
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An Indian suspect was forced by police to eat 50 bananas as a laxative, to retrieve a necklace he was accused of stealing and swallowing. 

When the bananas failed to produce the desired effect, police fed Sheikh Mohsin rice, chicken and local bread.

Finally the necklace, which appeared on an X-ray taken on the suspect, was excreted and retrieved.

ATM Rigged To Give Twenty Dollar Bills Instead Of Fives.

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Mon, 2007-07-30 09:37.
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MANSFIELD, La. (AP) - An ATM at a northwest Louisiana truck stop gave out $20 bills instead of $5s, but authorities say they know who took the extra $7,000 the machine spit out and plan to track them down.

DeSoto Parish sheriff's Lt. Toni Morris said the automated teller machine has records showing 26 people who received the extra cash during five days in late June and early July.

Annette Parker, a supervisor at Eagle's Truck Stop, said she unplugged the machine after overhearing conversations about the excess payments.

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