A temporary pause

On October 8, 2012, in Other, by djeyli

Hi everyone

Weird Crime will not be updating stories for the next few weeks while we move to a new office. This is only temporary and we will start up again as soon as we have internet services again.

Please feel free to post any weird stories you find on our Facebook page in the meantime.

Regards
Weird Crime staff

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An drunk Norwegian man, napping in the back of his car, was shocked to find himself dumped in Gothenburg, Sweden, by two female car thieves some hours later.

The man, who had had a few drinks too many on a night out in Oslo, decided to have a nap in the back of his car.

While he was asleep, two women in their thirties decided to steal the car and drive it over the border to Sweden.

A few hours later, the man was shocked to find himself unceremoniously dumped outside of a Gothenburg train station by the two women who seemingly had had enough of his presence in the vehicle.

The man, who didn’t know what to do, contacted the police and reported his car stolen. He was given a bed for the night by the police officers.

Waking up on Wednesday morning the man was eager to get home and was driven to the terminal by the police. However, on the way to the train station, he suddenly spotted his car on the road.

“I was bloody lucky,” said the 50-year-old, according to GP.

The police arrested the two women in the car and brought them in to the station for testing, suspecting they were driving under the influence.

Police are unable to comment on the man’s story until the women have been questioned but could confirm that the car was registered in Norway. In it, police also found what they suspect to be stolen goods.

Around 5pm on Wednesday, the man was handed the keys to his car and could start driving back to Oslo, according to GP.

The women are under suspicion of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

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For Sale: One former county prison

On September 28, 2012, in Jail & Prison, by djeyli

Ebensburg Borough Council, a municipality in Pennsylvania is seeking a buyer or tenant for a unique property – their former county prison.

The council said the back portion of the facility, which is newer than the front, is being used to house county records, but the front portion, which was the original Cambria County Prison, has been vacant for 15 years.

“If it wasn’t the landmark that it is in town, if it wasn’t on the national list of historic places, we still couldn’t tear it down,” Ebensburg Borough Manager Dan Penatzer said. “I think it’s probably impossible to tear this building down.”

He said there are many different potential uses for the building.

“A restaurant, a microbrewery, retail, offices, anything,” Penatzer said.

“There’s so much crazy character about this building that could apply it to any business theme like that. I think there’s a lot of possibilities.”

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Police in Florida said they are searching for a woman who allegedly attacked a restaurant manager during an argument about cold mashed potatoes.

The woman dined Sept. 14 at Cody’s Roadhouse in Manatee County, Fla., with a man and two young girls.

The woman complained to the manager about her mashed potatoes being cold and requested a 50 percent discount on her meal. The manager instead gave the woman credit to return to the restaurant at a later time and the diners left.

However, the woman returned to the restaurant around 4 p.m. Monday and argued with the same manager.

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said the argument turned physical when the woman grabbed the female manager’s hand and used her other hand to grab the woman by the throat.

The attacker, who hasn’t been identified, left in a blue Saab, deputies said.

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Police in Ceres, California, have identified a man they say donned a black mini skirt and tights to rob a bank.

An officer recognized the cross-dressing criminal, and say Leonard Brown Jr. is on the run.

He went to great lengths, officers say, dressing in drag from head to toe. He donned a black wig and carried a purple purse.

Just a block from the bank, the SWAT team searched an apartment complex. Neighbors say they concentrated on one apartment in particular.

They didn’t find the suspect, but they did find his disguise stuffed in a dumpster. He reportedly wore flats, not heels.

The drag had some completely fooled, but not to the police, who say one officer, familiar with Brown sans wig, took one look at the surveillance and knew it was him.

Police believe Brown may be hiding out in the Merced area.

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A woman from Natick, Massachusetts, who had been in the midst of a day-long dispute with her neighbor, spread dog poop all over the woman’s front door and car.

39-year-old Lisa Hanson was arrested after the incident according to a police report filed in Framingham District Court.

Police went to the address for a report of a neighbor dispute, according to a report filed by Natick Officer James Keohane. Keohane wrote that he was greeted by Hanson’s neighbor on the front porch.

“I then looked at the house. The door was completely covered in dog waste,” he said in the report. “It was everywhere.”

The woman said she and Hanson have been having a lengthy dispute, and the woman had called police earlier in the day after Hanson yelled at her.

The incident that led to the dog faeces being spread on the door started when the woman cleaned up the yard and left a pile of brush and a barrel of Hanson’s dog’s waste in the driveway.

“The next thing the victim saw out her window was the defendant carrying the red barrel walking back toward the victim’s front door,” said Keohane.

“The defendant then stopped at the walkway and started to throw the waste in the barrel at the victim’s front door.”

After covering the door, Hanson then threw the dog droppings on the woman’s Lexus.

Police arrested Hanson and charged her with vandalizing property, intimidation of a witness and disorderly conduct.

Prosecutors did not ask for any bail for Hanson, and Judge Robert Greco released her.

When asked if she wanted a court-appointed lawyer, Hanson declined.

“I don’t believe I need a lawyer. It’s all over dog poop, sir,” Hanson said.

Hanson is due back in court on Oct. 9 for a pretrial conference.

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The mother of a four-year-old boy from southern Sweden was stunned to learn that the toddler had stolen the keys to her car while she slept before crashing the vehicle into a pick-up truck.

While his mother slept soundly on Tuesday morning in their home in Gärsnäs, southern Sweden, the child carried out his daring auto theft and took to the streets.

Not long after, there was a knock at the front door of the woman’s house. Outside, a local shopkeeper was standing with the woman’s four-year-old, who had been found over 400 metres away after causing in a minor car accident.

“When she explained that my son had been out driving the car I thought it was a terrible joke at first. I couldn’t believe it was true,” the mother said.

The four-year-old travelled almost half a kilometre and succeeded in making three right turns before crashing into a truck, a journey that baffled the police and the boy’s mother.

“I have no idea how he managed, he’s never driven a car before,” she said. The boy’s mother was also shocked to learn that her son had even managed to get into the car, let alone drive it.

“I had the car keys in my jacket pocket and it was hanging so high that I thought he couldn’t reach it. But he did. Don’t ask me how, I was asleep,” the woman said.

Meanwhile, local police were bamboozled by the story, having never before encountered such a young and reckless driver before.

“It’s quite a feat to go 400-500 metres and make three right turns,” said Lars-Bertil Mårtensson of the local police.

The police have chosen not to report the incident to authorities, but are glad that no one was injured.

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Saudi Arabian authorities have held more than 900 Nigerian women on the annual Hajj pilgrimage under a law that prohibits women under 45 to travel without a first-degree male relative.

Nigeria’s National Hajj Commission has reported that 908 female pilgrims were held at King Abdulaziz Airport in the Saudi city of Jeddah.

The commission also stated that the pilgrims have been held in poor conditions, and some of them need “urgent medical attention.”

According to Article 5 of the Saudi law on applications for a Hajj visa, all women are required to travel for Hajj with a Mahram (a first-degree male relative), and the proof of kinship must be submitted with the application form.

However, women over the age of forty-five may travel without a Mahram with an organized group on the condition that they carry a no objection letter notarized by husband, son or brother, authorizing the pilgrim to travel with the named group, the law stipulates.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Riyadh Abubakar Shehu Bunu filed a formal complaint with the Saudi foreign affairs office, calling on Riyadh to release the Nigerian women.

“They are stopping women particularly between the ages of 25 and 35 without a male relative. Those over 45 are not a concern to the Saudi authorities,” Bunu stated.

The Nigerian National Hajj Commission also said that under an agreement between Abuja and Riyadh, Nigerian women could travel to Mecca for Hajj pilgrimage even if they were accompanied by local Hajj committee officials.

Saudi authorities even stopped women who were entering the country with their husbands just because their surnames did not match those of their husbands, according to the commission report.

“Islam allows wives to bear the names of their parents and not necessarily that of their husbands,” the report said.

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Stunned witnesses In Pembroke, Ontario, say that the man who viciously attacked a dog on a downtown street early Wednesday was trying to eat the animal alive.

Police confirmed that a young man has been apprehended, as details about the bizarre case began emerging some 24 hours after rumours of the heinous incident shocked the community.

Police admitted the man, who was not identified, to the Pembroke Regional Hospital, under provisions of the Mental Health Act.

The dog, described as a female pit bull, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and remains in the care of animal control.

While police are saying little, eyewitnesses are recounting a terrifying scene in the early morning hours of Wednesday at the intersection of Pembroke Street West and Christie Street.

A woman living nearby said she and her husband were awakened by the mournful howls of an animal in distress.

Looking out the front window, the couple saw a man wearing only a pair of boxer shorts and lying on top of a dog. She said she raced outside and saw the man biting the dog’s back and head.

“It was something out of a horror movie,” said the woman, who asked not be identified. “He was literally eating her alive. It was terrible.”

In the car with a friend, 18-year-old Tanner Comeau, of Petawawa, Ont., said he observed the black form of the pit pull lying in the middle of the intersection. At first, he thought the dog had been struck by a car. Then he saw the figure of a man leaning over the dog’s body.

Comeau said he and his friend screamed at the attacker before calling 911.

The pit bull was gushing blood as a circle of bystanders gathered to yell at the man.

“He had the dog in a choke hold and was biting it,” Comeau said. “He was trying to eat it or something.”

Witnesses were reluctant to approach the assailant, who was behaving erratically.

Finally, the dog ran off and was taken indoors by residents.

The woman said she wrapped the dog up in a blanket, and said she thought the man may have been the owner because he kept calling the dog “Jessie.”

She noted the dog had bite marks all over its body.

“She was such a sweet animal,” she said, adding it appeared the dog may have recently given birth to puppies.

The man then ran down the Christie Street hill, towards the Pembroke Memorial Centre.

Comeau suspects the crowd may have scared him off, saving the dog from sustaining fatal wounds.

“If we hadn’t pulled over, it would definitely be dead by now,” he said. “It’s something I don’t want to see again.”

Const. Dillon Gerundin said police received a call for assistance around 12:30 a.m. When they arrived in the area, officers found a man wandering around with very little clothing on. They observed the suspect biting a dog, lying on the ground.

Gerundin said police “can’t rule out” drug use, but said the man was not under the influence of so-called bath salts, the drug notorious for eliciting paranoid and violent behaviour in its users.

The drug has been recently suspected in connection with several gruesome crimes in the U.S.

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A Sacramento man came home Tuesday morning to find a stranger at his front door, fresh from a shower in his house.

“She had my son’s robe on and I assume nothing else, but I didn’t check to see,” Randy Kizer said.

She made herself right at home.

“She used this towel right here, and that’s where she took the shower,” Kizer said as he showed CBS13 the bathroom the woman used. “She even found soap.”

“It was like I was intruding into her home — not the other way around,” said Randy.

A bewildered Randy Kizer says the 24-year-old complete stranger answered his door with her hair wet, fresh out of his shower, and then tried to explain that she thought the house was abandoned.

“She goes, ‘Can I go change?’” Randy said. “And I go, ‘Yeah, you can.’”

Randy didn’t dare go inside in case she had company.

“I go, ‘Are you homeless?’ and she goes ‘yeah.’”

When she came back out 10 minutes later, Randy noticed her pockets seemed awfully full. Deputies cuffed Jennifer Burgess and discovered she had more than a little spare change.

Randy says she’d taken spare house and car keys, and that wasn’t all.

“The kids’ allowance money and stuff had all been taken,” Randy said. “My daughter was real upset that her (money) for church had all been taken.”

And get this: Randy thinks it may not have been Burgess’ first shower in his house.

“I go, ‘So how many times have you been here?’ and she goes ,’This is the first time.’”

But he noticed his dogs were calm around her. They usually bark at strangers.

Burgess was booked on burglary charges, so while it may not have been her first shower at Randy’s, it certainly wasn’t a clean break.

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