Sunday, January 11, 2009

CRIME BLOTTER

Lancashire Evening Post, UK - A burglar who broke into a house claims he was held captive by a "supernatural figure" for three days without food and water. Malaysian police official Abdul Marlik Hakim Johar told The Star newspaper the house's owners found the 36-year-old man fatigued and dehydrated when they returned from holiday. . . The man told police in Kuala Lumpur that every time he tried to escape, a "supernatural figure" shoved him to the ground.

Reuters - A Chilean man tried to steal $80,000 from his 82-year-old grandmother by disguising his 21-year-old girlfriend as the elderly woman and having her withdraw money from the bank, but the plot was foiled. The man falsified his grandmother's identity card and his girlfriend wore a latex mask. They might have gotten away with it if it weren't for a bank worker who called the grandmother's home and learned she was visiting relatives in Venezuela. "She acted like an elderly woman, was dressed as elderly woman and moved like one. It was a good impersonation," Victor Mellado, head of client service at the Banco de Chile in the port city of Talcahuano in southern Chile told local television.

Snafu - Stow, Ohio police have arrested a man in connection with a bank robbery, but one would have to ask how he even managed to rob the bank when he was wearing a ski mask in line. . . A teller told him he would have to remove the mask while in the bank. However, he did not comply or reply, but rather continued to wait. . . Once at the front of the line, he demanded cash. The teller gave him an undisclosed amount of money and he placed it in his own plastic bag. Goldshtein ran from the bank and drove away, but was arrested soon afterward.

A man dressed as a black ninja with a hood attempted to break into ATMs in Palm Beach. It didn't work.

News Leader
- [A] 40-year-old Fair Grove woman was charged with first-degree assault after allegedly dumping half a bottle of eye drops in her husband's tea last year. . . She allegedly admitted to attempting to poison her husband "about six months ago," the probable cause document says.
"She stated that she was told by a friend prior that Visine would kill him."

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