August 14, 2014
Wanted: Serial Bank Robber With Questionable Taste
Mineola, NY (AP) Police in New York are on the hunt for a prolific bank robber who wears many hats.
Police say the man donned a range of wacky headpieces as he committed eight bank robberies in Nassau County over the course of 2 months ending July 23.
One of the banks was robbed twice.
Surveillance photos show the robber wearing a floppy white hat at one bank. At another, he accessorized with a baseball hat that had a picture of President Barack Obama on it.
And at another, he decided on a hat with a long wig attached.
Police believe it’s the same robber in all the photos.
They say the stickup artist typically gives tellers a note threatening violence and demanding cash.
Utah Nude Sunbather To Fight Lewdness Charges
Farmington, UT (AP) A 76-year-old man who police say was sunbathing nude in his backyard next to a church parking lot in Utah has pleaded not guilty to lewdness charges.
The Standard-Examiner of Ogden reports that Myron Lee Kipp was in a Farmington, Utah, court Tuesday.
Kipp pleaded not guilty to four counts of lewdness involving a child and three counts of lewdness.
Court documents show a police officer called to Kipp’s house by neighbors on March 5 could see the man from the church parking lot. The backyard fence is chain link with no privacy slats.
When confronted, a completely nude Kipp told the officer it was his property and he could do what he wanted.
Several parents said they and their children could see the man from the parking lot.
Woman, 78, Caught At Airport With Lots Of Cash In Her Girdle
Romulus, MI (AP) A 78-year-old Florida woman tried to fly on an international trip from Detroit Metropolitan Airport with almost $41,000 in cash hidden inside her girdle, bra and carry-on bag, federal authorities said.
A complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Detroit said the Clearwater woman was trying to board a flight April 2 to the Philippines with her daughter. She initially said she had $200 in cash but submitted a form declaring she had $1,200, prompting questions.
During a search, Customs and Border Protection officers found $8,000 in wallets in her carry-on bag, $4,000 sewn into a cloth pouch and nearly $1,000 in envelopes, according to the complaint. She then told them she had $3,000 in her blouse and $2,000 sewn into the strap of her bra.
Officers continued to search and said they found about $21,000 in her girdle. The woman told authorities that she had recently sold her home for $120,000, wired some money to the Philippines and had planned to carry a portion of the money with her.
Federal law requires travelers to declare if they are carrying more than $10,000. The woman hasn’t been charged, but the government in the forfeiture complaint said it wants to keep the money. The Associated Press left a message Saturday seeking comment from her at a telephone listing in Florida.
Maserati Patrol Car Raises Police Suspicions
Braintree, MA (AP) Police patrol cars are usually Fords or Chryslers, not Maseratis. So when a patrolman in Braintree, Massachusetts, spotted a Maserati resembling a police cruiser over the weekend, he pulled it over. Deputy Chief Wayne Foster tells The Patriot Ledger the luxury Italian vehicle’s body was painted black and white with a police-style shield on the doors, and police-related decals.
Foster said the door shield wasn’t accompanied by the usual police phrase “Protect and Serve,” but rather with “Decepticons punish and enslave.”
The driver told the officer who pulled him over that he was actually assisting police “because other drivers noticed him and slowed down, thinking it was a police vehicle.”
The driver, whose name was not made public, was summoned to court to face a charge of impersonating a police officer.
Robots Guide Nights At The Tate Britain Museum
London (AP) Tate Britain is inviting art fans to a night at the museum though robots, not T. rexes, will be roaming this time.
The London art museum says for five nights beginning Wednesday, people from around the world can get an after-hours tour online.
Thanks to four roaming robots fitted with lights, cameras and sensors designed to let them move around the rooms in the dark.
A live commentary will be streamed on the museum’s website and viewers can get a chance to control the robots.
The project, called “After Dark,” was developed using space exploration technologies.
It was the winner of the inaugural IK Prize, which is expected to be handed out every year to projects that widens access to the arts through digital technology.
Hoax Report: Mountain Lion Escaped From Pet Store
Aiken, SC (AP) Officers in South Carolina spent hours searching for a mountain lion on the loose from a pet store but police now say the threat was based on a false report.
Police say 55-year-old Bill Lunsford reported the escaped animal about 1 a.m. Sunday in Aiken. He said a burglar broke into a pet store and let the animal loose.
Police warned residents that the domesticated, declawed mountain lion was 3 feet tall and 100 pounds, wearing a dog harness.
Aiken Police told WRDW-TV that about a dozen officers looked for the cat for up to 18 hours.
But police now say the report was a hoax and a mountain lion was never at the store. Lunsford is charged with filing a false police report.
No Joke: Chicken Was Trying To Cross The Road
Portland, OR (AP) Portland, Oregon, police were told there was a chicken and it was attempting to cross the road.
In fact, the citizen who called the police non-emergency line on Monday evening reported that the chicken’s efforts to cross a road in a north Portland neighborhood were bringing traffic nearly to a standstill.
He assured the dispatcher he was not joking.
The dispatcher chuckled‚ and asked a clarifying question.
“It’s just the one chicken?”
The caller said yes.
Sgt. Pete Simpson says responding officers were unable to locate the chicken.
And so, he notes, police “were unable to determine the chicken’s intent.”