A violent home invasion has Philadelphia police hunting for some preteen suspects.

Police say they beat a 51-year-old woman with some unusual items, including a plunger.

They say that a family friend found the victim in the backyard, on her knees, crying and begging for her life to be spared.

When police arrived, they found her room ransacked, cabinets emptied and the victim, an Asian female with mental disabilities, beaten and robbed.

“They hit her in the face with a rock, they used rope and also sticks and a potted plant,” Lt. John O’Hanlon explained.

Police say the three suspects, described by the victim as black juveniles, ran away with the victim’s purse. Police were eventually able to identify the suspects as 7, 10 and 12-year-old boys.

“It’s amazing that these kids so young can be so violent,” Lt. O’Hanlon added.

“We talked to the victim’s family friend who asked that we don’t identify her.

“They just followed her. She just got back from doing laundry. When she got home, they beat her and threw stuff into the house.”

The victim was rushed to Temple University Hospital to be treated for cuts and bruises to her face and knees.

The family friend added, “They kept asking for money and they took her purse with some important paper in there.”

Neighbor Edward Pastoriza said, “It doesn’t surprise me. A lot of these kids, they hang around with older kids and they learn how to do things like this.”

It turns out, the 10-year-old suspect was a neighbor of the victim. He was arrested almost immediately.

The victim’s family friend explained, “The parents came to apologize and after they saw what happened, they said to call the police.”

Lt. O’Hanlon added, “The mother knew something was wrong when she saw the police and she basically came outside and said, ‘Here he is.’”

As of late Monday, police say they believe they have identified the remaining two suspects as 7 and 12-year-old boys. Police expect to arrest them shortly and charge the 10 and 12-year-olds with Home Invasion Robbery and related offenses.

By law, we are told, the 7-year-old is too young to be charged with a crime.

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E-fits of a gang of thieves who look they like have travelled from the early 1900s have been released by police in England.

The prime suspects are a woman who may well have stepped off the set of Brideshead Revisited or Poirot in her 1920s turban hat and bright red lipstick.

Her burly accomplice appears to be wearing a sailor’s hat in a bid to disguise himself as Benny Hill’s Ernie who was, of course, the fastest milkman in the west.

They are joined by a ginger-haired woman and are wanted by Gloucestershire police in connection with two thefts. And it should not be too hard to spot the trio.

‘The woman looks just like Miss Lemon from the Poirot series,’ said 58-year-old company director Giles Hayhurst, from Cirencester, Gloucestershire. ‘Maybe the force can enlist the detective skills of Poirot to solve this mystery.’

In the first incident, the Brideshead Revisited lookalike distracted an elderly woman by asking her for directions while carrying a map.

Her Benny Hill-inspired accomplice then used the opportunity to steal a credit card from the good samaritan’s car.

They then spent £1,000 on the card in March.

Police are also hunting the pair over a similar incident in Cheltenham the following month.

A woman had her purse stolen in a supermarket car park by the man while his glamorous assistant again asked for directions.

‘We understand it is human nature to want to help people who appear to be lost but sadly there are some preying on people’s good will to their advantage,’ said Paul Francis, from Gloucestershire police.

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Criminals in New South Wales are increasingly working business hours, breaking into homes, stealing cars and committing thousands of assaults from 9am-5pm.

While their victims were on the job, criminals undertook 25,818 break and enters and stole from more than 18,000 cars, according to NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research figures from October 2010 until September 2011.

The peak time for a non-alcohol related assault was between 9am and 5pm, with almost 23,000 incidences reported to police. Officers also reported more than 34,000 cases of malicious damage to property when residents were at work.

Australian Institute of Criminology research director Dr Rick Brown said the figures fitted in with what he knew about this types of crime and people’s routines.

“Theft from motor vehicles, robberies, malicious damage to property, motor vehicle theft and break and enter are largely what we might call predatory, street-level crimes, that rely on an offender targeting a vulnerable location,” he said.

Using public transport or being on the street makes people a target for criminals, he said.

“When at work, they are more likely to leave their cars in car parks, which offenders know won’t be returned to for several hours. Daytime is also when people are most likely to leave their houses unoccupied, and so making it an easier target for break and enter offences.”

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Sunday Crime Showdown 18 March 2012

On March 18, 2012, in Sunday Showdown, by djeyli

Some of the weird stories that did not make the website, or the Facebook page this week:

Cameras at U.K. gas stations will block uninsured drivers from refueling

Airport security to passengers: Please leave grenades home

Event hall investigated for sham ‘wedding

China Pulls Death Row Interview TV Show off the Air

Residents Of Town Angered By Drug Arrests

Gettysburg museum store pulls John Wilkes Booth bobblehead

Boston police clamp down on slam dancing

Israeli Man Acquitted Over Forgery Of Relics

Police search for man who helped injured officer after serious crash

Drunk drives down bike trail, hits woman

Woman Who Raised Money For Her Fake Cancer Fined $100

Man Accused Of Beating Woman With Hammer, Raping Her Child, Stabbing Dog

Cop Pleads Guilty To Showing Penis Pics To Women At Traffic Stops

Woman passes out in car as child plays at McDonald’s

Dad beats up youth coach, bites off his ear

Man charged for knocking out daughter’s coach

Mom Blames ‘Evil Presence’ For Daughter’s Stabbing Death

Nicolas Sarkozy sorry after son throws tomato at policewoman guarding presidential palace

Sex Offender Accused Of Sodomizing 13-Year-Old Boy In Library

Man kept dead dad in living room for months

Illegal Archeological Dig Leaves 10 Dead in Egypt

Police Looking For Man Who Exposed Himself To Girls In Hobby Lobby

Cop: Woman, 22, Battered Live-In Boyfriend, 74

Caught on tape: Shop owner fights robber

Girl Forced To Wear Embarrassing Shirt As Punishment For Shoplifting

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Sunday Crime Showdown 11 March 2012

On March 11, 2012, in Sunday Showdown, by djeyli

Some of the weird stories that did not make the website, or the Facebook page this week:

Obama’s Birth Certificate is fake

Man Asks 71-Year-Old Attempted Rape Victim To ‘Pray For Me’

Man Charged After Shooting Boy In Eye With Crossbow

Girl Scouts robbed of cookie cash

New hit TV show: Death row interviews moments before execution

Federal Agents Hunt Fugitive “Homeless Hacker” Under Indictment For Online “Anonymous” Attack

Jeffrey Dahmer Groupon deal draws fire

Phony Postal Inspector Busted For Swiping Pot Shipments

Boy, 8, caught driving SUV

Mom accused of burning teen’s face

Goodbye, First Amendment: ‘Trespass Bill’ will make protest illegal

Andrew Breitbart death sparks conspiracy theories

Stolen ‘Power Band’ bracelet leads to robbery arrest

Heroin disguised as candy seized at Florida airport

Prosecutor defends drunk flying plea

‘Santa’ posts bond for child sex charges

Man Injured, Another Man Charged After Game Of Russian Roulette

Mom Accused Of Letting Son Drown Because She Hated Him

Judge Resigns, Accused Of Showing iPhone Full O’ Penis To Worker

Mom Accused Of Pimping Out 6-Year-Old Daughter To Homeless Men

Miami cop probed for moving mattresses on patrol car

Man Attacked Mom For Using His Taco Sauce

Man Charged With Biting, Punching Children During Domestic Dispute

Candidate for mayor charged with domestic violence

UPDATE: Man arrested after giant chicken stolen

Home invasion suspects use flowers

Man Charged With Biting Off Another Man’s Nose During Fight

A tank, a bomb robot, 40 deputies and Steven Seagal is normal for chicken raid

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Sunday Crime Showdown 4 March 2012

On March 4, 2012, in Sunday Showdown, by djeyli

Some of the weird stories that did not make the website, or the Facebook page this week:

Man Bites Off Man’s Ear During Gambling Argument

North Carolina man loses $49k collection of poison snakes

Man accused in Secret Service car theft

Mother runs down burglary suspect on foot

911 terrorist’s face reportedly used in Facebook ad

Fireman Sam creator detained at airport for ‘racist’ scarf comment at security gate

Woman steals Crest Whitestrips at Ellenton Kmart, places them in mouth

Man owes $30,000 in driving fines, cops say

Case of slain socialite takes bizarre turns

Man gets 6 years in jail for stealing 6 year old girl’s Puppy

Naked Man Steals Fire Truck, Kills Pedestrian

Serial Public Masturbator Into Diff’rent Strokes

Unmasked man held up post office where he was a regular customer using an empty air rifle with his initials carved on the butt

Man jailed for having sexual relations with blind 17-year-old Yorkshire terrier

Karaoke singer shot in head for singing for the wrong song in Restaurant

Girl wins right to ‘Tequila’ name

Tanning peeper pleads guilty to child porn

Tip From 4chan Leads To Arrest Of Site Visitor On Child Porn Charges

Police Arrest Robber Across The Street From Bank

Animal Rights Activist Accused Of Hiring Hit Man To Kill Random Fur-Wearer

Naked Man Sentenced To 18 Years In Prison

Photo leads Wash. police to bank rob arrest

Federal Agents Seize Drugs Sent By Bear In Cave

Headteacher blasted for using fake gun in hoax kidnapping stunt

Thieves swipe Miss Wash. crown, sash, car

Rabbit named Susan found with ears lopped off

Ga. man is arrested after returning to bank after robbery attempt to get money for cab

Mom Accused Of Using 10-Year-Old To Help Shoplift From Target

Teacher Who Screened “Jackass” Movie In High School Latin Class Placed On Leave

Man arrested with fake Jack Nicholson ID

Woman Arrested After Letter Admitting Guilt Is Found At Dog’s Grave

Protestors throw urine bombs at Denver police

Man Arrested in Disneyland Freakout

Police Plan Wedding for Runaway Parolee

Judge’s dismissal of harassment charge goes viral

Man who crushed teen girl’s car pays for replacement

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U.K. Cops Warned Under-Wire Bras Could be Dangerous

Fake cop pulls over real cop

Australian man claims ‘G’day, sport‘ is racial abuse

Escorts Claim Utah Law Makes Acting Sexy Illegal

Mom Allegedly Assaults Drug Dealer Trying To Supply Son With Heroin

Scrapbook of 100-year-old criminal mugshots set to be auctioned

Parolee seen shooting gun on Facebook

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Sunday Crime Showdown 26 February 2012

On February 26, 2012, in Sunday Showdown, by djeyli

Some of the weird stories that did not make the website, or the Facebook page this week:

Heartless mother and evil son jailed for leaving two dogs to starve to death in boarded-up attic

Ton of marijuana smuggled in with limes

New weapon in war on prostitution – Flashlights

Man issued ticket shows up at officer’s house

Man’s Reputation Damaged Over Lower Handicap Sues for $13.2 Million

Court Orders Man to Apologize to Estranged Wife Over Facebook

Defense: Ga. Suspect Says Angel Told Him To Kill

Woman pleads guilty to library thefts

Bullet fired in Mexico shootout hits woman in El Paso, Texas

Man Fabricated Carjacking for a Free Ride from Police, but gets free ride to Jail instead

Police Search for Cypress College Bathroom Peeper

Cleaning lady busted for jewelry theft

Boy Flips after Catching his mother having Sex with his friend, 15, Mother claims she was raped

Doctor cleared of ‘horse woman’ abuse

Trooper Terminated For Ignoring Chase Suspect In Burning Wreckage

Jilted Man Busted Over Phony Craigslist Posts

Woman Jailed in Pa. Has Trail of Fake Pregnancies

Infected Inmate May Have Spit in Guards Food

Robbery fail in Rotterdam!

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Massachusetts Teen Reportedly Shocked For Hours At Special Needs School

Man Arrested For Biting Off Man’s Ear

Meeting With Pit Bull Cost Prostitute An Arm And A Leg

Flight Returns Over Man With Electronic Cigarette

Gun Found Inside Piano Donated to Nursing Home

Teen Tourist Helps Police Nab Suspect at NY Airport

The ‘C’ word is just as bad as the ‘N’ word

Sex with the dead? Illinois bill would make it illegal

Grandpa faces prison for firing gun to catch burglar

Eighth-Grader Suspended For Using Oregano In Pot Prank

Workman charged with bestiality with a Labrador retriever

Repeat: Do Not Call 911 If You Need A Taxi

Comic book thieves face murder charges

Police end bovine heart investigation

Cheater’s Web site lawsuit tossed out

Facebook Photo with Wax Obama Gets Sicilian Drug Dealer Arrested

Georgia commuter bus driver stabbed with pen

Drug addict uses mother’s car, runs up $120,000 in unpaid fines

Be careful what you text if you’re heading for divorce

Man Arrested After Late Night Craigslist Encounter

Drunk driver crashes into county jail

SC mayor sneaks into town hall, pulls over trooper

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Sunday Crime Showdown 19 February 2012

On February 19, 2012, in Sunday Showdown, by djeyli

Some of the weird stories that did not make the website, or the Facebook page this week:

Man walks into bank to cash check – gets mistaken for robber

Student strip searched in front of classmates

FBI Probe Targets Musician Who Allegedly Swapped Naked Photos With Underage Female Fans

Woman Jumped To Her Death Fleeing From Angry Husband

Police Say Mom Stole Money From Son Deployed To Afghanistan

Suspect bummed a smoke from alleged victim

Mickey Mouse spurs school lockdown

Cow heart left on porch

Man drinks ‘poison’ when verdict is read

Ohio Man Arrested for Stealing Urns to Sell Metal

Woman asks to smoke crack before going to jail

Widow pleads guilty to having hubby’s gun

Naked Man Arrested for Firing Gun at House

VW beetle police car pulls over pickup driver

Crime pays – Steal $100,000, pay back $5,000

Pair stabs clerk after credit card was declined

Trip to 7-Eleven leads Bangkok police to tiger butchers

Man Apologizes for Shooting at “Wrong Car”

Woman Threatens To Get Stabby After Boyfriend Fails To Provide V-Day Gift

Woman Charged After Maggots Found In Her Sick Baby’s Diaper

Woman paid $320,000 over 12 years for no work

Fake Nikes had too many fingers on logo

Obama’s border enforcement keeps hair dryers out

Alleged counterfeiter is homeless

Boy steals car… again

Kentucky Family Sues Cemetery Owners For Dropping Mothers Casket

Man Choked Motorist, Tried To Punch Trooper

Man Accused of Stealing Cartloads of Tide Detergent Worth Thousands

Man Beat Child To Death For Not Vacuuming Apartment

Twins charged in Williamston robberies arrested

Retired South Carolina Man, 74, Arrested For Offering Sex To Pair Of Undercover Cops

Justice Breyer robbed at his vacation home

Eighth-Grader Shoots Self In Face With Shotgun In School Cafeteria

Man makes off with iPad hidden in pants

Man Arrested for Dumping a Disabled Man out of Wheelchair

One of AA’s 12 steps – groping

Woman Accused of Putting Dog in Trash Can – Twice

Fugitive gives his whereabouts on Facebook

Man Repeatedly Raped Woman With Beer Bottle, Recorded Assaults

Man kills girlfriend in fight over noodles, beer

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Sunday Crime Showdown 12 February 2012

On February 12, 2012, in Sunday Showdown, by djeyli

Some of the weird stories that did not make the website, or the Facebook page this week:

Juror faces jail for “friending” defendant on Facebook

Man who bit cop’s finger guilty of assault

Dad Kills Couple For Deleting Daughter On Facebook

Mail Carrier Fired For Throwing Mail in Dumpster

Son Of Rapist Charged With Abusing His Infant While Wife Took Pics

Burglars chose the wrong house – Mom with a gun

Pakistani man fights police over 40-foot shark

Naked man rescued from LA radio tower

‘Zombies’ given dressing down by armed police in Surrey

Man charged for throwing pennies at car

Hundreds ask Vt. to keep prank pig on police decal

Reservation sues beer brewers for alcohol-related suffering

Police officer seen on dashcam video brutally kicking motorist suffering from diabetic shock in $158,000 lawsuit

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2 Swede military cadets punished for prank

Woman ‘lost her mind’ when beau got a ride

NJ Robber Dies After Trying to Steal Phone from Former HS Wrestler

Air Marshals Gone Wild!

Facebook Posts Helped Sink Robbery Suspect

Family steals from their elderly and disabled relatives

Man Sold Stolen Rental Car On Craigslist Under Name “Marcus Hertz”

Squatters had drugs, handgun, 10 grenades, pig

California Man Accused of Killing Chihuahua With Golf Club

Trooper: Irate driver hit man with sledge hammer

“Bored” Clerk Caught Watching Porn During Rape Trial

Judge surprised there were no lock pickers in court after door to the dock in courtroom jammed shut

Grenade donated to Salvation Army

Pilot Busted for Using Crystal Meth

Man Promised Boy Go-Kart, Unzipped His Pants

“Possessed” Woman Charged With Slitting Her Baby’s Throat

NYC to pay $15M for loitering arrests

Council installs talking camera telling residents they’re not allowed in their own communal garden

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Stalker accused of bizarre plot to woo doctor — by kidnapping her

Student set on fire, parent concerned

SNU Student Stabbed By Vagrant While Feeding Homeless

Golfer Impaled With Broken Club During Fight

Women’s hoodie leads to suspect’s arrest

Man arrested after van crashes through hospital doors

German police use Facebook pictures to nab crooks

Someone steals man’s fossilized dino footprint

Intoxicated American makes wrong turn into Canada

Probation, not A for effort, for Pa. grade hacker

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Sunday Crime Showdown 5 February 2012

On February 5, 2012, in Sunday Showdown, by djeyli

Some of the weird stories that did not make the website, or the Facebook page this week:

Teacher Arrested After Punching Female Student In Face

Man admits to jumping on backs of student athletes

Man Stabbed Brother Over Brownie

Woman’s Request For A Cigarette Escalates To Her Murder

South Korean man arrested for retweeting North Korea

Cat Woman Pepper Sprays Jack Sparrow on Hollywood Blvd.

World War II vet shoots burglar

Barefoot Bandit‘ sentenced to 6 1/2 years

Dogfight over pot-addicted pooch

FBI Targets “Hoarder” In Top-Secret Thefts

Teacher Charged After Filming Himself Playing “Lollipop Game” With Second-Grader

Man dismembered and cooked after sex games

Girl arrested for setting school ablaze

Teacher Accused Of Putting Hot Sauce On Crayons To Keep Students From Eating Them

30ft lamp post stolen from Irish village

Man adopts adult girlfriend as his daughter

“Mommy left us on the sidewalk and drove away

Horrible Karaoke Selection Earns Man Four Bullets

Obama robs McDonald’s in Riviera Beach

Thieves are stealing smart phones out of people’s hands

Ranger uses stun gun on man walking dogs off-leash

German city’s parking fines are just the ticket

Mother Threw Toddler Out Window Before Father Set Her On Fire

Homemade acid bombs found on college campus in Florida

Underage threesome couple guilty

Man gets DWI while driving Zamboni?

Fancy dress robber admits armed raids

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