You Can’t Make This Stuff Up – November 2017

A collection of odd and whacky news stories that caught the Loss Prevention Media staff's attention

14-year-old girls charged as adults in carjacking of pizza delivery driver

Two 14-year-old girls are charged as adults in connection with the beating and robbery of a pizza delivery driver during the weekend in Ypsilanti Township in Michigan. Deazijah McCoy-Yargee and Azjane Cummings of Ypsilanti Township were arraigned on felony charges on Wednesday, November 1 at 14A-1 District Court in the robbery of a Happy’s Pizza delivery driver, court records show. A 45-year-old delivery driver told police he was assaulted about 12:30 a.m. Oct. 27 in the 900 block of Davis Street by two suspects armed with black metal objects, according to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. The two individuals struck the driver in the face and head several times before fleeing with cash and his vehicle. The driver said that the girls threatened him, saying “(We) will take care of your family,” if he called the police.  The driver was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, police said.  Deputies later spotted the stolen vehicle and attempted to stop it, but the girls sped off, said Derrick Jackson, director of community engagement for the sheriff’s office. After a police pursuit, which reached speeds more than 80 mph at times, the girls were taken into custody and lodged at the Washtenaw County Juvenile Detention Center.  [Source: MLive]

Louisville father accused of stealing Pokemon cards while children acted as look-outs

Police say a father in Louisville, Kentucky, stole over $180 worth of Pokemon cards while his children acted as look-outs. According to an arrest report, the incident occurred at the Walmart, just after 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Police say a Walmart loss prevention associate saw 46-year-old Michael R. Hill stealing the cards while his children, “maintained lookout on either side of the aisle.” Hill’s actions were captured on surveillance video, according to police. According to the arrest report, Hill was arrested after he walked past all of the cash registers and u-scan machines.  Police say the cards — worth $182.92 — were found on his person. Hill was arrested and charged with theft. According to the arrest report, his children were released into the custody of their mother. Hill is currently being held in Louisville Metro Corrections.  [Source: WDRB News]

Nevada man suspected of stealing $15,000 in wine

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office in Nevada is asking the public’s help in identifying a man suspected of stealing approximately $15,000 worth of wine from an Incline Village supermarket.The theft occurred between 6:45 and 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Raley’s store in the 900 block of Tahoe Boulevard. A man entered the store and stole 55 bottles of high-end red wine, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. The wines included Joseph Phelps 2012 Insignia red wine, valued at $239.99 per bottle; 23 bottles of Caymus 2013 Special Select Cabernet, valued at $165.70 per bottle; and two bottles of Stag’s Leap 2014 SLV Cabernet, valued at $157.13 per bottle. The Sheriff’s Office released surveillance photos of the man, who is described as white, approximately 6 feet tall, weighing about 180 pounds and wearing flip-flops. Anyone with information about the man is asked to call the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at 775-328-3320 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.  [Source: The Sacramento Bee]

LP Worldwide: The return of Rusty

A $600 reward was posted for the return of the beloved four-foot-tall suit of armor after it was stolen three weeks ago in a brazen midday heist — and now it has made its way home again. “Rusty,” as it has been known to its owner for the past 30 years, stood guard outside Strong and Free on Water Street until the afternoon of October 17 when a man snatched the armor in the middle of the day and hustled it into a waiting getaway car. “Rusty is back and we’re so happy to have him back in our family,” said owner Denise Dow. Dow first bought the armor three decades ago from McAllister Place. While it may have only cost her about $100, the tin soldier was worth much more in sentimental value. “When someone steals something from you that has sentimental value, you feel violated,” she said. Sometime last week, Dow got a call from a man who told her he thought he’d found Rusty at a flea market. His name was Carl and he said Rusty was up for sale for $400. Beyond that, Dow said the details were kept to a minimum.

“We didn’t get many details on the flea market or where Carl actually acquired Rusty, other than the fact that they wanted to get it back to us because they heard how important Rusty was to us and our family,” she said. Dow still hopes whoever stole the knight is found by police, but concedes having her prized possession back is more important. Rusty will no longer be alone at the Water Street store. Local firefighter Dale Russell heard about the theft and donated his own suit of armour to Dow. “I just felt sorry for them,” said Russell “I said ‘Geez, I have this old set of armor downstairs and they can have that.'” So now Rusty has “Sparky,” a much taller knight with a sword instead of a spear and shield. Dow said the new addition will be on display at her store’s door next cruise ship season… secured with a chain around its leg. Rusty however, won’t venture that far ever again. “He is grounded,” said Dow before placing him in the store’s front window. “He’s not allowed out anymore.”   Source: [CBC News]

Florida woman arrested for “drunk-driving” a horse

After one drink too many, a four-legged animal might seem a better option than a four-wheeled vehicle. But sadly for one Florida woman, the police did not agree — arresting her Thursday for “drunk-driving” a horse. Donna Byrne, 53, was arrested in Polk City, central Florida, for “DUI on a horse,” the Polk County Sheriff s Office said Friday. Byrne is also accused of animal neglect for failing to provide proper protection for the horse, placing it at risk of injury or death while riding it along the busy road. According to police, who were called by a passerby, Byrne appeared intoxicated when officers arrived on the scene. “Ms Byrne was obviously not in any condition to be on the road. She not only put herself and the horse in danger, but also anyone who was driving on the road, which is typically very busy,” Sheriff Grady Judd said. The horse was taken to a sheriff’s office animal shelter. [Source: Dunya News]

Police warn of  “HITMAN” text scam

Police in Whitehall. Pennsylvania, put out a warning after someone reported receiving a text message from an unknown sender claiming he was hired to kill her but wished to spare her life. Replying to the text message will let scammers know they’ve reached a live person, according to police. They will then start sending the victim personal information, such as children’s names or work addresses, in hopes of receiving money from them. Police say that all of that information is easily accessed through the internet and does not add to the threat. If you receive one of these text messages, police say the best thing to do is ignore it. You can also file a complaint with FBI-Internet Crime Complaint Center.  [Source: WPXI11 News]

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