You Can’t Make This Stuff Up – January 2017

Worker stole tools, then accidentally called boss to sell them

A man allegedly stole tools from his workplace and then accidentally called his boss as he tried to sell them. The Times West Virginian says the owner of the repair shop in the community of Millersville told deputies that one of his employees recently called him about tools he was selling. The owner said the employee immediately hung up after he realized whom he had called.

Deputies say they recovered the stolen tools after they obtained a warrant to search the vehicle and home of the worker, identified as Shawn Nelson Furner, 27. He is charged with felony breaking and entering, as well as conspiracy to commit a felony.  [Times West Virginian]

Suspect demands armed robbery be streamed live on Facebook

Abdul “AK” Aziz usually has fun with his customers at his Jersey Street deli on Staten Island, but when Rasheem Harrison walked in Wednesday morning and pulled out a huge knife, the fun stopped,  According to the local TV station, CBS2. Aziz is a local celebrity of sorts known as AK A Isaac on Facebook with thousands of followers. He often posts live videos from his phone, and Harrison, who’s been in the store before, made a bizarre demand. “He threatened that he was going to kill me if I didn’t put him on Facebook,” Aziz said. So he streamed the armed robbery as it was happening using Facebook Live. Harrison ranted about wanting to find someone, grabbed an ice cream cone and refused to pay for it. “I’m gonna eat it whether you like it or not right or wrong, and you can take it how you want to cause by the end of the day (waving knife) what I got in my hand,” he said in the video. Aziz put him on Facebook and after several tense minutes, the suspect stormed out and was arrested about a half hour later.

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Aziz said he’s using Facebook Live even more since the incident so he has witnesses, and said Harrison has threatened to come back and shoot up the store. Harrison faces multiple charges, including armed robbery, menacing and weapons possession. The streaming video is now evidence in the case. [Source: CBS New York]

Contactless payment jackets allow beggars to accept donations through credit cards

A contactless payments jacket has been introduced by a company in Amsterdam, which will allow beggars and homeless people to accept credit card payments without touching the person, according to the Dutch magazine Het Parool.  In recent years, people have become too reliant on alternative payment options to carry cash around with them and beggars reported getting fewer donations. To the rescue… Carsten van Berkel and Stefan Leendertse of the Netherlands, who came up with a solution to help the less fortunate.

They introduced the “Contactless Payment Jacket” for beggars and homeless people, which allow people to donate 1 euro ($1.05) to the person who is wearing the smart jacket. The jacket has a card reader sewn into it, when people want to donate money, all they do is place their credit card next to the jacket for a few seconds and the sum will be automatically debited from their bank account. The contactless payment jacket also comes with an LCD screen that constantly displays instructions of use.  [Source: DunyaNews.com]

Suspect armed with knife demands $2 in gas, then flees

According to Pennsville, New Jersey, Chief of Police Allen J. Cummings, the male suspect on foot was carrying a gas can when he approached the attendant outside the station.  The suspect showed a knife and said he wanted $2 in gasoline, the chief said. When he was refused, he ran off.

The suspect was described as a white male wearing a dark-colored hoodie. Police searched the area and were reviewing surveillance video from the station Tuesday night. No one was injured in the incident, Cummings said. [Source: NJ.com]

PB&J links suspect to recent burglaries

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that Zachery Munoz has pleaded not guilty to three counts of burglary. Cheyenne police say someone on three separate occasions in September stole power tools and equipment from a business. In the first case, police say they found a half-eaten peanut butter and jelly sandwich at the scene. They dubbed the suspect the “PB&J burglar.”

Police say subsequent DNA testing done at the Wyoming State Crime Lab linked Munoz to the sandwich. He entered a plea earlier this month, and his trial is scheduled for February.  [Source: Wyoming Tribune Eagle]

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