Restaurant patrons caught trying to pay a bill with counterfeit currency told Florida police that they apparently had received the fake paper as a Christmas gift from “Black Jesus.”
After enjoying a January 1 seafood dinner at a Long John Silver’s in Bradenton, a customer sought to pay for his group’s meal with a counterfeit bill, according to a police report. However, an alert cashier recognized the phony currency and called cops.
When Deputy Sinclair Cason arrived at the eatery around 9:15 PM and questioned the customers, they were “cooperative and were unaware of the authenticity of the currency.”
During further questioning, they told Cason that “apparently the bill was given to them as a gift for Christmas from an individual” known to them as “Black Jesus.”
The phony bill was seized by Cason and booked into evidence. The Long John Silver’s customers–who denied knowing that the bill was fake–were not charged in connection with the counterfeit currency. The restaurant tab apparently was settled with legal tender.
The police report does not further describe the relationship between the diners and “Black Jesus,” or why “Black Jesus” was giving them cash for Christmas. Nor does it offer a physical description of “Black Jesus.” Though a beard seems likely.
A Detroit-area postal employee is accused of stealing as many as 2,000 pieces of mail, pocketing any cash and dumping the leftovers along Interstate 94.
Federal authorities say that Sharon Berrien told them she stole the mail out of boredom. It was mostly greeting cards.
Berrien was charged Monday with stealing mail while working at a Detroit mail processing center.
Investigators say she told them that the thefts began last spring.
The probe started in October when mail was found along Pelham Road and I-94 and given to the Taylor postmaster.
On Nov. 21, 800 pieces were found in Berrien’s trash. Three bags were inside in a closet.
Berrien says she kept $1,000 to $1,500. She didn’t immediately return a phone message seeking comment on the criminal case Monday.
“I was bored,” she told investigators when they asked for the reason she stole the mail. She said she didn’t have any financial problems.
New Jersey cops are seeking the public’s help in identifying the Garden State Breast Pump Thief.
Earlier this month, the male suspect exited a Burlington Coat Factory store with three Medela Freestyle breast pumps for which he did not pay. The man fled on foot with the lactation aids worth a combined $1000.
As he raced away, the man, seen in the above store surveillance photo, left the breast pumps behind. Police believe the suspect is connected to a white SUV.
The middle-aged man, who was wearing a dark hoodie during the attempted December 1 heist at the store in Brick Township, is also a suspect in a breast pump theft at a Burlington Coat Factory store in Freehold, a nearby Jersey Shore town.
Members of the public are asked to contact the Brick Township Police Department at (732) 262-1100 if they recognize the breast pump purloiner.
After spending five months locked up for auto theft, a Washington state man was released from custody Wednesday afternoon and then promptly stole another vehicle from a supermarket parking lot two blocks from the jail, police allege.
Upon his release from the Whitman County jail, Kyle Matthews, 21, made his way on foot to Rosauer’s supermarket in Colfax, a city in the state’s southeast corner.
According to cops, Matthews hopped into a running 1972 Volvo and took off in the car. Responding to a stolen vehicle report, officers quickly intercepted the auto and initiated a traffic stop, according to probable cause affidavits.
Matthews, pictured above, bolted from the vehicle, but was eventually chased down by state trooper and arrested. He was returned to the county jail, where he is being held without bail for auto theft, possession of stolen property, attempting to elude, and other charges.
All told, Matthews enjoyed about 30 minutes of freedom.
Is that a chainsaw in your shorts or are you just excited for some Bizzare News?
A Florida man is accused of shoplifting a chainsaw by stuffing the heavy machinery down his shorts and under his T-shirt, the TC Palm reports.
Footage of the incident posted by the newspaper to YouTube, shows the suspect, 28-year-old Anthony Ballard, as he appears to steal the chainsaw from Treasure Coast Lawn in Port St. Lucie. Ballard reportedly asked for change before attempting to conceal the tool.
The Palm Beach Post reports:
Ballard fled on a bicycle (which police later found was also stolen) before ditching the chainsaw in a vacant lot. A police search for him was unsuccessful, but a Treasure Coast Lawn employee found him and held him until police arrived.
Ballard was arrested and transported to the St. Lucie County Jail, according to WPTV. He was charged with grand theft.
Not every teenager working at a big box retailer is as dreamy as Alex from Target.
An 18-year-old Walmart employee who used Old Spice deodorant sticks before returning them to store shelves is facing an embezzlement probe after admitting he swiped more than $1800 in merchandise from a South Carolina store.
Store security began monitoring Chandler Roberts after he was filmed taking milk and cookies–which he had not purchased–into a break room,according to a police report.
When confronted about his actions, Roberts “admitted to stealing several items,” and later “returned numerous stolen items to asset protection” officials. Walmart calculated that the purloined goods were worth $1823.25.
More importantly, as noted by cops, Roberts was twice videotaped “selecting a stick of Old Spice deodorant,” which he proceeded to apply while in the store’s bedding department. On both occasions, the teen then returned the toiletry item to a store shelf. Cops did not address whether the used deodorant ended up being purchased by a customer.
Police are continuing to investigate the Walmart thefts.