Accused Father And Son Urinal Thieves Flushed Out By Cops

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After a rash of urinal thefts in Birmingham, Alabama, things finally came to a head.

n-URINAL-large300Investigators said the culprits were a father-son team who stole flush valves and supply lines from fast-food restaurants.

The alleged toilet thieves are suspected in more than a half-dozen theft throughout Birmingham and Jefferson County in recent days.

The suspected commode crooks have not been publicly named, but Birmingham police took the them into custody on Thursday.

Investigators tracked down one of the suspects, a 44-year-old man, after pictures were taken of him selling the urinal parts at scrapyards on Wednesday.

Birmingham police Lt. Sean Edwards said he believes one of the suspects is a plumber.

“There was a lot of plumbing equipment. Believe it or not, one of the individuals is a plumber,” Edwards told KCTV5.com. “Unfortunately he was using his skills, his craft to fund his illegal activities.”

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Randy Christian said the stolen pipes were not made of copper and have little scrap value.

“I really don’t know what we have on our hands here. The first thought would be scrap, but these items would bring very little money,” Christian toldAl.com. “Maybe we have a plumber that is trying to cut his overhead cost, or some nut with a fetish I haven’t heard of. To say this is an unusual theft case really doesn’t do it justice.”

The alleged thieves are now in custody, but Christian said it’s important to get to the bottom of the case.

“Now that we know the who and the what, I can’t wait to find out the why,” he toldAl.com.

Dine-and-Dash: Man Repeatedly Faked Seizures to Avoid Paying Restaurant Bills

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A Baltimore man who police say routinely scammed restaurants by eating and then faking a seizure to get out of paying his bill was sentenced Friday to five years in prison.

dine-and-dash-stories-andrew-palmer-558x279Andrew Palmer, 47, had defrauded dozens of restaurants, from casual to upscale, according to Baltimore Police. Court papers show that Palmer was arrested 80 times and had 40 convictions since 1985, mostly on theft-of-service counts.

His most recent offense occurred Oct. 26, 2013 at Oliver Speck’s Eats and Drinks, where Palmer consumed $90 in food and beverages. When he was presented the bill, he pretended to pass out.

Paramedics responding to the call immediately recognized him, police said. On the way to the hospital, court documents said, Palmer suddenly sat up and said, “I have no money to pay for my food and beers so I was faking.”

A warrant was later issued and he was arrested.

Palmer pleaded guilty to theft of less than $1,000 and causing false call for an ambulance. A judge sentenced him to 10 years in jail, and suspended five years.

“He’s been more than a nuisance, to say the least,” said a spokeswoman for state prosecutors in Baltimore. “Clearly he was not learning his lesson.”

How bad is crime in Phoenix? The police chief just had his uniform stolen

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Phoenix police say their chief’s uniforms have been stolen.

080812_garcia-presserThey say two shirts and a pair of slacks belonging to Chief Daniel Garcia apparently were stolen while they were at a dry cleaners.

“We are not immune to that,” Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos told 3TV’s Mike Watkiss. “Our officers, from any rank, really, from time to time become victims of crime.”

The items, along with other people’s clothing, were taken from Suntown Cleaners in north Phoenix several days ago.

Martos said there was nothing on the clothes to indicate they were the chief’s other than a Phoenix Police Department patch on the sleeve.

“Obviously the concerns are people using those for some other illicit activity,” Martos said. That includes impersonating an officer.

Garcia was hired by Phoenix in May 2012 after 34 years with the Dallas Police Department.

Just a thought: cut off the GPS ankle bracelet before committing the home invasion

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Duluth man out of jail on pretrial supervised release after allegedly robbing a Subway restaurant at gunpoint last month is back in jail, this time accused of breaking into a Lincoln Park residence, smashing a glass vase over a woman’s head and running off with a credit card, cellphone and jewelry.

t2014 -- Duluth Police Department -- mugTommyMorgan -- Tommy Ray Morgan Sr.Tommy Ray Morgan, 27, was charged Tuesday with first-degree assault, first-degree aggravated robbery and first-degree burglary. Judge Peter

Albrecht set his bail at $100,000.

Morgan already was facing first-degree aggravated robbery charges in connection with the April 25 robbery of the Lincoln Park Subway. He allegedly robbed the store in broad daylight, and police tracked his footprints in the fresh snow to find and arrest him. Morgan later was released from jail on intensive supervised release, which included GPS monitoring.

Police now say evidence connects Morgan to a robbery on May 18 at a residence on the 2600 block of West Fourth Street. Police said Morgan was living at a nearby residence, 107 N. 26th Ave. W., at the time of the burglary.

Morgan’s next court appearance is set for June 11.

According to the criminal complaint:

Squads responded to the woman’s residence  about midnight May 18 on  the report of a burglary.

“The victim had a large laceration across the bridge of her nose, a second large laceration of her right eye, a third laceration to her head, severe bruising and swelling to her eye sockets, constant gushing blood from her nose, and required emergency medical treatment,” according to the complaint.

The woman was transported to the hospital via ambulance and was scheduled to undergo plastic surgery on Tuesday to repair multiple facial fractures.

The alleged victim was able to tell police that she had heard strange sounds outside her home while she was in bed. Later, she heard someone inside her house. The intruder entered her bedroom, wearing a mask, gloves and dark clothing, and demanded money or jewelry.

“When the Victim verbally resisted, Defendant picked up a heavy glass vase and smashed it directly in her face,” the complaint states.

The intruder took off with the woman’s cellphone, two purses and a box of jewelry.

Through a subsequent investigation, officers determined that a resident of 107 N. 26th Ave. W. had been using a credit card that was stolen from the woman. Officers executed a search warrant, finding the woman’s jewelry, purses and phone. Other residents at the address allegedly told police that Morgan had confessed to them regarding the home invasion.

Police checked on the status of Morgan’s GPS monitoring ankle bracelet and learned that he had been present in the woman’s home the night of the burglary, according to data from the device. Police said he cut the bracelet off the day after the home invasion.

Morgan was later arrested and told police he couldn’t have committed the robbery because he was in Superior. Police said he was also found to be in possession of heroin.

If you’re going to rob the same store twice in one week, you should wear a mask … especially if you work there

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25620629_BG1A Louisville man is accused of holding up a doughnut shop twice in one week, and when he failed to wear a mask the second time he robbed the store, police say, workers recognized him as a fellow employee.

According to an arrest report, a masked man entered Dunkin’ Donuts at 1250 Bardstown Road on May 18 armed with a knife. He demanded and received the business’ cash.

Six days later, on May 24, the store was held up a second time by a man armed with a knife but not wearing a mask. Police said one of the employees realized the man was the same person who had robbed the store days earlier, and all of the employees recognized him as a co-worker.

Luke David Payne, 36, was taken into custody on May 25. He is charged with two counts of first-degree robbery. He was also charged on a fugitive warrant.

Man Wearing “It’s All Fun & Games Until The Cops Show Up” T-Shirt Is Arrested When The Cops Show Up

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rockyfisherMeet Rocky Fisher.

The 35-year-old bank robbery suspect was wearing a t-shirt declaring “It’s all fun & games until the cops show up” when police showed up yesterday morning and arrested him as he exited an Idaho motel.

Fisher and Jennifer Balfe, 19, were collared in connection with Friday’s robbery of a U.S. Bank branch in Cottonwood (pop. 900). They were each jailed on robbery, burglary, and grand theft counts.

Investigators reportedly got on Fisher’s tail after receiving an anonymous tip that a man matching the suspect’s description had been spending wads of cash at a local casino.

And now, introducing, the dumbest bank robber in history!

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JS36501375JPGA hapless criminal wearing socks over his shoes tried robbing a bank with a breadknife – just minutes after giving the cashier his full name and address.

Armed with the knife, Dean Richard Smith, 27, stormed a Valleys bank demanding money, a court heard.

But Smith, 27, was forced to leave empty handed, despite an elderly gentleman in his 70s he was standing next to offering him £20 of his own money to leave.

Rachel Knight, prosecuting at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court, said Smith, of Park Road, Treorchy, had gone to the Barclays Bank branch in Bute Street, Treorchy, on April 15 to change his address.

But just 30 minutes later, Smith was seen on CCTV wearing a jacket with his hood up, socks over his shoes, and sunglasses, rush up to the glass partition and demand money from cashier Catherine Stockton.

She could see that he was holding a bread knife across his body as he demanded all the cash to be handed over.

“He was not shouting. He was rushed but not angry or agitated. He sounded desperate,” said Ms Knight.

She raised the alarm by pressing the panic button as she tried to keep the situation calm and it was only when he heard that they planned to lock the doors that he left.

“After the incident, they closed the bank and made a cup of tea for the elderly gentleman,” said Ms Knight.

“Since the incident, Ms Stockton has been very wary about people who look like him. She can’t help thinking about it every time a young person comes into the bank.

“She was very thankful nobody was injured.”

Smith, of Park Road, Treorchy, told police that he had been inspired to carry out the robbery after seeing the tills full of money on his earlier visit.

Steven Jeary, defending Smith, who admitted attempted robbery and having an article with a blade, said: “He told the police it was stupid and he was very sorry but he was desperate for money.”

Judge Richard Twomlow jailed him for two and a half years.

He will also have to pay a £120 victim surcharge.

 

Man Suspected of Stealing Toilet Tank from Subway Restaurant

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toilet-tank-stolen-558x279 Seattle police are looking for a man suspected of stealing the toilet tank from a restaurant bathroom as workers at a Subway sandwich franchise prepared his family’s meal, police said on Monday.

The man went to the Subway shop in West Seattle with his family on Sunday evening. After placing an order, he entered the restroom and remained inside even after his wife knocked on the door, asking why he was taking so long, and then left without him, Seattle police said in a statement.

When the man eventually emerged from the bathroom, he hurriedly exited the store in possession of a large plastic garbage bag, police said.

An employee who later entered the bathroom discovered the toilet tank was missing. In addition, the bathroom sink was stuffed full of paper towels and still running, while the bathroom key was gone, police said.

Subway workers valued the stolen toilet tank at $550, police said. Witnesses at the scene were able to provide police with a description of the man, who remains at large, police said.

Man wearing mini skirt sets bank on fire

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The Cedar Park Police Department needs the public’s help in solving a bizarre crime over the weekend.

Late Sunday night someone hit the Lonestar Bank on east Cypress Creek Road in an unusual way.

A man broke in and set the place on fire.

Investigators say he wore a black T-shirt with possibly a white snake or dragon and a black mini skirt. He didn’t take any money and police are still trying to figure out his motive.

Fired employee does not get far in stolen forklift

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A low-speed chase on a southwest suburban road led to the arrest of an intoxicated northwest Indiana man who had stolen a forklift from his former employer on his birthday, according to police.

1399396388_stretchWill County Sheriff’s deputies were called to Precise Stone in the 14000 block of West Illinois Highway on April 30 when the owner reported a former employee trying to steal property.

En route to the scene, officers were told that the suspect was driving on Illinois Highway in the stolen forklift, according to a police report. Officers were quickly able to spot the vehicle, pull it over and arrest the driver.

Javier Villasenor-Arreola of East Chicago, Ind., who had turned 43 the day he was arrested, was charged with felony counts of burglary, theft and aggravated DUI; and a misdemeanor count of damage to property. He was also cited for operating a vehicle with expired registration and operating an uninsured motor vehicle, according to police.

The business owner told police Villasenor-Arreola had been terminated about two weeks earlier, and when he was leaving about 3:20 p.m. he saw Villasenor standing in front of the business, apparently intoxicated, the report said.

He drove around the block and when he returned, the front door window of the shop had been shattered, the garage door was open and Villasenor-Arreola was driving the forklift out of the garage onto the street, the report said.

He is being held in the Will County Jail on a $50,000 bond.