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Arrested for eating grapes

April 1988: Albert Culberth of Miami ate a few grapes as he and his wife were doing their grocery shopping. An off-duty cop saw him, put him in cuffs, and took him to jail, despite Culberth's insistence that he had every intention of paying for the grapes during checkout.

If the grapes were charged by weight, then yes, he would have been stealing. But from what I can gather, the grapes were part of a set-price pack in his cart. So if he had been given the chance to pay during checkout, the store would have had no loss. The charges were eventually dropped for that reason.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Apr 26, 1988

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Feb 05, 2016 | Comments (4)
Category: Crime

They lurk in libraries

Originally I was going to write this article about the 1980 case of "Leonardo da Toenail," but then I realized how many additional cases of foot-fanciers lurking under library tables there have been. So I ended up writing a round-up article instead.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Jan 28, 2016 | Comments (9)
Category: Crime

Drive-By Dairy Attacks

A very British crime: "Drive-by yoghurt attack on crochet teacher's haberdashery leaves her shaken."

Maybe it's a turf war between rival haberdashers.

Since it's in the UK, you have to say "YAW-gurt" instead of "YOH-gurt."
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jan 25, 2016 | Comments (7)
Category: Crime

Hoped brain would prove his innocence

1913: Charles Gilbert, imprisoned for 48 years for the murder of a bounty officer, was so determined to prove his innocence that he requested that his brain be examined after his death — believing that "the investigation would corroborate his claim of innocence by revealing that such a brain as his could not have conceived or exercised the Caldwell murder."

Scientists at Yale Medical School complied with his wish and examined his brain. However, I've not yet been able to find any report of their findings.

Sources: Leavenworth Times (Oct 18, 1913); Lincoln Star (Oct 14, 1913)

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Jan 02, 2016 | Comments (1)
Category: Crime, 1910's, Brain

Death By Condom Machine

Three men decided to boost a condom machine and blow it open to get at the condoms, and presumably, the money inside. They set up the blast and ran to their vehicle for cover. Unfortunately the last guy in the car did not get his door shut in time and was struck in the head by a piece of the machine when it blew up. He later died at the hospital, Darwin Award.
Posted By: patty | Date: Mon Dec 28, 2015 | Comments (15)
Category: Accidents, Goofs and Screw-ups, Crime, Stupid Criminals, Death

The Fainting Woman Sex Case

Classic weird news from 1993. Posted over at

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Dec 23, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Crime, 1990's

Distinctive facial tattoo

Meet Paul Terry, whose choice of facial tattoos don't help his chances of gaining employment. So he's had to turn to a life of crime. But those same tattoos also make it super easy for the police to find him whenever he's committed a crime.

More info at Fox News, who censored part of his mugshot (their censored version below). The Smoking Gun has the uncensored version.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Dec 22, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Crime

5000+ Guns

Now I feel my collection is nothing compared to this.

Posted By: BrokeDad | Date: Sat Dec 05, 2015 | Comments (12)
Category: Crime, Guns

Police Inquiry Cut Short

A Circumcision Ambulance was stolen in Great Britain. They have Circumcision Ambulances in Great Britain and they do in home circumcisions. As mentioned above the police inquiry was cut short when a private citizens neighborhood watch group tweeted about finding the abandoned car.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Dec 05, 2015 | Comments (10)
Category: Body Modifications, Crime, Stupid Criminals, Genitals

Greatest Shoplifter Ever?


Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Nov 29, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Crime, Retailing, 1980's
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