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.
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.
A South Korean man, upset by women whose footwear made them taller than him, has been arrested for stealing high-heeled shoes and dumping them in local parks, police said on Wednesday.
The 24-year-old, identified only by his surname Lee, had stolen dozens of pairs of high heels from schools, restaurants and homes in his neighbourhood in the southern city of Busan in recent months.
We’d first looked into the possibility of sexual perversion,” a spokesman at Busan Yeongdo police station said.
“But Lee said he did it because he didn’t like women wearing heels to look taller than him when he’s so short,” the spokesman said.
Lee, who stands 165 centimetres (5 feet 5 inches) tall, was caught because he made the mistake of repeatedly dumping a number of shoes in one particular park that was monitored by CCTV cameras.
Koreans take off their shoes when entering homes and some restaurants.
The footwear is usually stored in open shelving at the entrance.
Could this be a case of Karma at work?
Police say a young driver from Norwalk, Ohio, who died in a traffic accident may have been stealing stop signs shortly before his death.
19-year-old Tyller Myers was killed after he ran a stop sign in his Ford F-150 pickup truck and was struck by a tractor-trailer, according to police.
And when police began investigating the accident, they found three stop signs inside Myers’ truck, which Sgt. Jason Demuth said had been stolen from intersections along the route Myers had been traveling before his accident.
While Myers was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, the driver of the tractor-trailer, Kevin Heter, was flown to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Investigating Trooper Tim Hoffman said Myers was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident.
Sheriff’s deputies in Oregon who were responding to a burglary call, say that they found a 20-year-old man asleep on the kitchen floor of the home.
The Washington County sheriff’s office says that the homeowner discovered the sleeping stranger early Friday.
Deputies arrived to find Cristian Villarreal-Castillo, who had in his pockets small electronic devices believed to be stolen from unlocked vehicles.
Deputies say that many items in the home in the Rock Creek neighborhood of Hillsboro had been ransacked in an apparent attempt to find valuables.
They believe that Villarreal-Castillo entered the home through an unlocked door and was in the process of gathering items when he fell asleep.
He is charged with burglary, attempted theft, trespassing and criminal mischief.
Investigators also linked him to a burglary that happened a few hours before his arrest.
A man from Delaware was arrested for allegedly stealing his own impounded car, then leading police on a 35-minute chase before driving into a pond, police said.
Donald Smith II, of Bear, was arrested early Friday and charged with theft, trespass and related offenses for the incident, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.
Police said Smith used a front-end loader to steal his pickup truck from a repair shop in New Castle at about 12:30 a.m. Friday.
The repair shop had been holding Smith’s pickup because he had not paid for work done to it.
The shop owner called police and Smith was spotted later driving the front-end loader with the truck on it in the parking lot of a restaurant, the newspaper said.
Smith refused to pull over and instead led police on a 35-minute chase down a highway, through a housing development and then a cornfield, police said.
The suspect ended the chase by accidentally driving into a retention pond, police said.
Smith was arrested and later released after he posted $5,750 bail.
A Russian man suspected of stealing 1.5 tons of hay as a make-up gift for his girlfriend was detained in western Siberia’s Tyumen Region, local police said on Friday.
The man, who had quarreled with his girlfriend, stole the hay from a neighbouring field, loaded it on his truck and took to her house.
The man said he hoped that she would forgive him once she saw the gift, police reported.
A eight-year-old Australian boy sped off in the family’s ute and reached speeds of up to 100km/h because his mum wouldn’t let him have a pet duck.
West Wyalong Sgt Ken Dale said the boy was from a farm between West Wyalong and Grenfell in the Central West region of New South Wales, but couldn’t give too many other details because of the boy’s age.
Sgt Dale said the boy’s mother phoned police and followed her son as he drove on a public road.
Police were told he reached speeds of up to 100km/h (60 mph) before stopping after getting two flat tyres.
When police arrived at the scene the mother was with her son.
Sgt Dale said the boy was below the age of criminal responsibility and would not be charged.
“For an eight-year-old to drive a manual he’s done well but he was lucky,” Sgt Dale said.
Police have given the boy a warning and warned parents not to leave their keys in cars or easy to find places.
Miami Beach police say that a homeless man broke into a car and stole a credit card. He then tried to use it to buy a beer – from the bartender to whom the card belonged.
The case was cracked when 53-year-old David Weber handed the card to the bartender who took his order Monday night.
The bartender noticed he had just been handed his own credit card.
The bartender called Miami Beach police.
Weber was charged with credit card fraud and theft.
He remained in the Miami-Dade County Jail early Wednesday.
Police say that Weber told them he found the credit card on the ground.
26-year-old Austin resident, Phillip Beach, was arrested in Seabrook near Galveston, Texas, on Friday after the harbour master in the nearby shipyard alerted local police to what appeared to be a theft in progress.
When police arrived, they saw Beach swimming in the channel tethered to a 44-foot sailboat named the Flying Pearl that he was attempted to tow behind him as he swam for deeper water.
Seabrook police confirmed they found Beach swimming in the channel, trying to pull the 44-foot, 12-ton sailboat behind him.
They spent more than an hour coaxing him out of the water.
The boat’s value is estimated at $120,000.
Beach was arrested and charged with felony theft.