June 5, 2014
Thief With Facebook Account Rats Himself Out
Port Orchard, WA (AP) Authorities say that a 28-year-old man suspected of robbing a woman at a Washington ferry terminal friended her on Facebook the next day.
The Kitsap Sun reports Saturday that Riley Allen Mullins was charged Friday in Kitsap District Court with second-degree robbery.
Authorities say a woman was sitting at the Bremerton ferry terminal on Tuesday using her headphones when she was struck on the head from behind. After being struck, a man grabbed her iPod and purse and ran. She didn’t recognize the man but noticed a tattoo of a triangle on his neck.
The next day, the woman received a Facebook friend notification and recognized the sender as the man who robbed her.
Investigators confirmed the Facebook account belonged to Mullins, and they noted a profile picture of Mullins showing the triangle neck tattoo.
Hunt For “HiddenCash” Moves To Southern California
Hermosa Beach, CA (AP) The California cash rush has moved to the beach.
More than the usual kids with pails and men with metal detectors were digging through the sand in Hermosa Beach on Saturday as the anonymous man with the Twitter handle @HiddenCash moved his upscale scavenger hunt from San Francisco to Southern California.
City News Service reports that the anonymous benefactor buried 36 small plastic Angry Birds orbs in the sand.
The account then tweeted: “Hermosa Beach, between the pier and the volleyball nets to your left (as you face the ocean),” at about 11:30 a.m. “Go!”
Most were found by 5 p.m.
The same Twitter persona directed people to envelopes with $50 and $100 inside them in San Francisco this week.
The cash-dropper says his giveaways are a “social experiment for good.”
Honest Man Ultimately Does An Amazing Thing
Fresno, CA (AP) A Salvation Army worker in California is being rewarded for his decision to return a bag containing $125,000 that fell from an armored truck.
Joe Cornell tells The Fresno Bee that he found the cash Tuesday after a Brinks truck pulled away from a red light in Fresno and left the sack behind.
“I started crying and shaking,” Cornell said. “Everything was going through my mind the good devil/bad devil thing. What to do?”
Thoughts of the imminent arrival of his fourth grandchild soon helped him decide.
“I thought, ‘What would I want her to think of me?’ That made up my mind right there,” he said. “I got on my radio and called my boss. ‘Hey, I found a bag of money.’ “
Cornell, 52, is in a Salvation Army substance-abuse rehabilitation program. His duties for the organization include working on donated trailers.
“I went down there carrying the bag like I was Santa Claus,” Cornell said.
Brinks spokesman Ed Cunningham said he isn’t sure how the truck lost the money, and he called the incident a security issue.
The company will give Cornell a $5,000 reward and make a separate $5,000 donation to the Salvation Army.
Bullwinkle Got Bored And Wanted To Do Macramé
Helsinki (AP) Schoolchildren in western Sweden received a surprise visit during their handicraft class when a moose jumped through the window.
The teacher and a dozen teenagers fled the classroom Monday to another part of the school and locked themselves into a room to escape the thrashing animal, which had wounded itself on the broken window.
Goteborg police spokesman Thomas Fuxborg told daily Aftonbladet that the young moose “was in a panic and so were the children and teacher.”
Officers broke a window to let the schoolchildren out and later shot the wounded animal that couldn’t find its way out of the school.
Except for the moose, no one was injured during the incident at the high school in Molndal, near the western city of Goteborg.