World’s worst thief? Suspect nets $2 in 4 robbery tries, police say


Police have arrested an Edison man in connection with a series of knife-wielding attempted robberies at businesses in Woodbridge last week.

20140806-131104-gJoshua James Pawlak, 27, is accused of entering three businesses armed with a knife, demanding money but fleeing with little or nothing, police said.

Police also have accused Pawlak of entering a fourth business without a weapon and stealing $2.

According to police reports:

A man entered the Forge Inn on Route 9 shortly after 12 p.m. on July 27 and asked how much it cost to rent a room. After being told, he left the business but later returned with a knife and attempted to rob the clerk. He ran off without money, police said.

Later, at about 6:39 p.m., the same suspect entered the La Bonbonniere bakery on Amboy Avenue several times, stealing $2 from a tip jar during his last visit, according to police.

At 4:20 a.m. the next day, the same knife-wielding suspect attempted to rob the Hess Gas Station on West Pond Road but fled without money, police said.

At 10:06 a.m. the same day, the same suspect used a knife during an attempted robbery of a 7-11 Store, also on West Pond Road. He again fled with no money, police said.

Police arrested Pawlak a short time after the last attempted robbery.

Pawlak was charged with three counts of attempted robbery, several weapons possession violations and one count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition.

He was held Tuesday night at the Middlesex County jail on $50,000 bail, no 10 percent option.

Dentist Named Toothaker Allegedly Stole Dental Gold


A Nebraska dentist has been accused of stealing nearly $17,000 worth of dental gold and medical equipment from a Veteran Affairs Medical Center.

n-TOOTHAKER-large570Randall Toothaker, a 58-year-old Omaha resident, pleaded not guilty to pilfering the items on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

VA officials said in July 2013, Toothaker opened a locked medical cabinet and stole gold, other precious metals, and medical supplies, first reported.

A lab technician working with the dentist saw Toothaker put the items in a yellow bag before taking it to his car, according to a police affidavit.

Police pulled Toothaker over and searched his car, finding the items. Toothaker allegedly told police he didn’t know how the equipment got into his bag.

Toothaker took to Facebook to say he is innocent.

Thank you to my friends who have sent us words of encouragement after some recent false accusations that have been published, broadcast and posted. Nobody even asked me for a comment or included any of our affadavits. The Prince of Darkness is alive and well and would love nothing more than to see the good name of one of Christ’s believers ruined. Bring it on…if that’s what it takes me to love you more…Jesus bring the Rain.

After Wednesday’s court hearing, Toothaker declined to speak with the Associated Press.

If you’re going to rob a bank, don’t wear a shirt with your first name on it and don’t drive your own car


Police and FBI agents cracked a Denver bank robbery case in five hours — but they had lots of help from the suspect.

Martinez_John_David_1406161012818_7025292_ver1.0_640_480According to court records, 68-year-old John David Martinez was wearing a black T-shirt with his first name on it when he entered the Wells Fargo bank at 1777 W. 38th Ave. just after 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The man’s next mistake was driving a silver Honda sedan that was registered in his name. Investigators soon identified Martinez as the suspect through the license plate, according to a police probable cause statement supporting the man’s arrest.

After being greeted by a female teller, the suspect, an older man with white hair and a salt-and-pepper beard, said, “This is a robbery, give me the money,” the statement read.

He handed the teller a dark zippered bag, which she filled with money. Then he instructed the teller to hand the bag to the next teller, who added money to it.

“That’s enough,” the robber said.

Then he walked from the bank and took off in the Honda sedan.

An investigator identified the car owner as John David Martinez and obtained a copy of his driver’s license photo, the statement said. The investigator noted that the DMV photo of Martinez matched surveillance video images of the man who robbed the Wells Fargo bank.

The investigator showed a bank teller four photographs of different men and she pointed to the fourth photo of Martinez. “That’s him. He’s the one who robbed the bank this morning,” the teller said. A second teller also picked Martinez’s photo out of the lineup, according to the police statement.

At about 2 p.m., police found Martinez’s silver 2001 Honda Accord parked at a Ramada Inn at 2601 Zuni St. The motel manager told police that Martinez and his wife were in room No. 142.

Police and FBI agents went to the room and arrested Martinez.

As a police investigator was driving Martinez to the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force headquarters, a supervisor called the detective’s cellphone. The supervisor told the detective to call back when he could talk privately, without using the hands-free speaker.

“He probably wants to tell you he found the money,” Martinez told the cop. The detective looked at the suspect, who added: “That I took from the back this morning.”

During a recorded interview, Martinez waived his right to remain silent, police said.

Martinez said that he and his wife had been evicted from their home three weeks ago and they’d moved into the Ramada Inn three days earlier.

The suspect told investigators that he got up that morning while his wife was still asleep, drove straight to the bank and robbed it, the police statement stated.

He drove back to the motel and later “told his wife that he had borrowed the money and did not tell her that he had robbed the bank,” according to the statement.

Martinez was booked into Denver jail on investigation of felony robbery involving $20,000 or more, according to the Denver jail website.

Martinez has prior arrests for assault with a deadly weapon, forgery, criminal impersonation, DUI hit and run and resisting arrest, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Woman Tries To Hide Stolen Vibrator In Child’s Stroller


This toy ain’t for tots.

n-MISTY-largeMisty Ann Lee, 38, was buzzted after allegedly trying to steal a vibrator from a Spencer’s gift shop in Spartanburg, South Carolina by hiding the sex toy behind her child in a stroller, according

Lee went into Spencer’s Friday afternoon, stroller in tow, and picked up “a vibrator from the love unit,” according to a police report obtained by The Smoking Gun. The store manager told police that she watched Lee “slide the vibrator behind a young child in the stroller.”

When the manager confronted Lee, Lee allegedly claimed she had no idea what she was talking about, but found herself on shaky ground after the manager pulled the vibrator out of the stroller. Lee left, but returned to the store later, which is when the manager called the cops.

Man Suspected Of Stealing 200 Panties From Mall


r-PANTIES-600x275Authorities are investigating the theft of 200 pairs of panties at an east Georgia shopping mall.

Richmond County sheriff’s officials say a thief stole the panties from Victoria’s Secret in Augusta Mall shortly before noon Saturday.

The Augusta Chronicle  reports that security video shows a male entering the store and stuffing the underwear into a large shopping bag. Authorities say he left without paying for the merchandise, valued at $1,900.

What do supermodels do when they are super-hungry? They shoplift pop-tarts


Somebody buy this girl a decent meal!

pop_tart_model_95533419-e1403770409761A rail-thin runway model was apparently so hungry that she stuffed Pop-Tarts, a cake and even boxes of cake mix into her handbag and pockets at a Harlem Pathmark and then tried to run off, cops said.

Carb-craving catwalker Mary Jean Conniff — a 6-foot-tall blond beauty who wore a stunning cream-colored dress in the Fall 2012 Victor de Souza fashion show — was busted for allegedly stealing the sweets from the supermarket at East 125th Street and Lexington Avenue.

“I don’t want to judge her, but maybe she needed it,” a worker at the store told The Post Wednesday. “Maybe she was hungry and had a sweet tooth.”

According to a criminal complaint, Conniff, 23, a Detroit native who gave cops a Bronx address that appeared to be an office, looked to be planning a feast that was extra heavy on model-poison carbs.

“[A security guard] observed the defendant remove one cake, three boxes of Pop-Tarts, two boxes of cake mix and several other items from a shelf and conceal the items inside the defendant’s purse and pockets,” the complaint said.

Security followed the willowy mannequin outside, recovered the treats and held Conniff until cops arrived at about 4:30 p.m. May 5 and arrested her.

Conniff does not appear to have scored any notable work since the de Souza show. The Argentina-born fashion designer, whose website lists Lady Gaga, Sarah Jessica Parker, Naomi Campbell, Rihanna and other A-listers as his clients, did not return calls for comment on Conniff.

In Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday, the starving model wore a demure black jacket and slacks as she quietly agreed to one day of community service. She declined to comment, rolling her eyes at a reporter.

If she stays out of trouble for six months, the petit larceny charge would be reduced to a violation and the case sealed.

Conniff’s lawyer, Thomas Kenniff, called the bust a misunderstanding.

“There was no finding of guilt against my client. There’s no reason to think this was anything more than a misunderstanding. She will go on to live a law-abiding life as she has always done,” he said.

You Are So Dumb: Idiot Burglar Leaves Victim’s Computer Logged Into His Own Facebook Account


facebook-burglar-fail-so-so-hardMeet 26-year old Nicholas Wig. Nicholas broke into the St. Paul, Minnesota home of James Wood and stole his watch, credit cards, money and a cell phone. Plus stripped out of his wet clothes (it had been raining) and took some of Wood’s. OH YEAH — then logged into his own Facebook account and left it open before leaving. Even most grandparents know how to computer better than that. Somehow, this man has managed to not die in 26 years. That is unfathomable to me.

Wood posted to Facebook using Wig’s profile, saying Wig had burglarized his home. He even shared his phone number to see if someone would call with information. Wig texted him later that day.
“I replied you left a few things at my house last night, how can I get them back to you,” Wood said.

Wig agreed to meet with Wood later that night. Wood believes Wig was under the impression he would give him back some of his clothes he had left at his home in exchange for a recycled cell phone Wig had stolen.


Wig was arrested on his way to meet Wood, still wearing the victim’s watch. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and $20,000 fines.