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Unclear if Skinny-Dippers or Wedding Guests More Shocked

Beachfront wedding gets crashed by nude couple

(Newser) - You know the old saying: "Something borrowed, something nude." WHDH reports a beachfront wedding was interrupted by a pair of skinny-dippers Saturday afternoon in Massachusetts. Wedding guests at a venue on Salisbury Beach were shocked, we're sure, to see a couple swimming nude in the middle of... More »

Women Escape Jail, Get Arrested at Escape Game

2nd escape in 24 hours proved impossible when cops showed up

(Newser) - Two women who escaped from jail in Alberta, Canada, were apparently so confident in their abilities that they headed to an escape room less than 24 hours later. Another escape proved impossible, however, when police officers surprised them within minutes. The scene unfolded Tuesday at SideQuests Adventures in Edmonton, which... More »

Bank Teller Admits Stealing $185K From Homeless Man

Customer came in with trash bag filled with cash

(Newser) - Wells Fargo is in the news again, though this time it's a rogue entity, not upper management, that's catching all the heat. Ex-bank teller Phelon Davis has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $185,000 from a bank customer over a two-year period, starting in October 2014,... More »

Restaurant Robbed by Gun-Wielding Coke Bottle

Police looking for suspect in holdup of a Kentucky Rally's

(Newser) - The fizz, er fuzz, are on the trail of a man who robbed a Kentucky restaurant at gunpoint while dressed as a bottle of Coca-Cola, the Smoking Gun reports. Police says the suspect entered a Rally's in Henderson shortly before 7am Monday and confronted a manager, who was the... More »

Cops: Teacher Blew Student Activity Cash on Penny Slots

Michigan's Lydia Johnson accused of lifting $31K from dance, trip funds

(Newser) - Last year, Lydia Johnson is said to have blown $90,000 at the MGM Grand Detroit casino, which would be a lot of your own money to lose, let alone someone else's. And a chunk of it was allegedly someone else's. Macomb County authorities say the 29-year-old Dakota... More »

Strangest Post-Irma Crime Goes to ... These Guys

2 suspects arrested for stealing utility pole in Jacksonville

(Newser) - One way not to get your power back on quickly in the wake of hurricane: steal a utility pole. Restoring service likely wasn't the intent, however, of two men in Jacksonville, Fla., who were involved in one of the weirder post-Irma crimes yet. Per the Miami Herald , the two... More »

Drunk Man Becomes First to Survive Hoover Dam Swim

Lucky for Aaron Hughes most of the turbines weren't on

(Newser) - The world's least shocking quote: A British man's admission that his fairly miraculous swim across the Hoover Dam reservoir was "drink fueled," per the Guardian . Arron Hughes speaks to the Daily Post about his Aug. 10 experience, which came after what he says was a 37-hour... More »

Thieves Steal Trailer, Get Grim Surprise

Cops recovered trailer with body inside

(Newser) - A grim surprise may have been enough to make some New Mexico crooks give up stealing: A U-Haul trailer with a body inside was stolen from outside a Residence Inn in Albuquerque late Sunday night or early Monday morning, KOAT reports. Police say the thieves made off with both an... More »

Suspected Thief Was Cuffed in Police SUV. Then She Stole It

Toscha Sponsler crashed after 23-minute chase: cops

(Newser) - It's not often police embark on a high-speed chase of their own vehicle, but that's exactly what happened in Texas on Saturday. After receiving a call about a possible shoplifter at a beauty supply store, the Lufkin Police Department says officers chased down 33-year-old Toscha Sponsler, handcuffed her,... More »

'Legendary' Con Artist Accused of New Scam ... From Prison

Authorities say Jimmy Sabatino conned stores out of luxury goods over the phone

(Newser) - Prison appears to be doing nothing to change serial con man Jimmy Sabatino. The Miami Herald reports the "legendary" con artist pleaded guilty Friday to running a lucrative scam out of his cell at a federal facility in Florida. Authorities say Sabatino bought cellphones from corrections officers then used... More »

Armed Robbers Pick Wrong Venue: Bar Filled With Cops

'It's kind of odd you would even attempt it,' bar owner says

(Newser) - There's never really a "right" place or time to try to pull off an armed robbery, but some places and times are worse than others, as two suspects found out Tuesday. Per the Baltimore Sun , off-duty Baltimore County cops attending a fellow officer's retirement party at Monaghan'... More »

He Allegedly Escaped Police, Then a Shark

Zachary Kingsbury faces a slew of charges

(Newser) - Had the man known he'd be so close to a shark, it's possible he would've stuck with facing the cops. Police in North Carolina say 20-year-old Zachary Kingsbury made a beeline for the ocean after officers allegedly found drugs in his vehicle during a traffic stop in... More »

Man Made Up Story About Being Stabbed for 'Nazi' Haircut

Joshua Witt actually just sliced his own hand while opening his new knife: cops

(Newser) - A 26-year-old man who became a minor cause célèbre on conservative media after he claimed he was stabbed by an African-American man for looking "like a neo-nazi" actually stabbed himself by accident, police in Colorado say. On August 16, Joshua Witt claimed he had been attacked outside... More »

Priest Blames Child Porn on God Making Him Lose at Poker

Fr. Kevin Gugliotta says he wanted to get back at God

(Newser) - A New Jersey priest was sentenced to up to two years in prison Thursday for uploading child pornography to his computer, the New York Daily News reports. But don't worry—he says he only did it to punish God for making him lose at poker. According to WNEP , Fr.... More »

Sneaky Troopers Don Disguise to Nab Speeders

They dress as construction workers

(Newser) - About 30 drivers in Pennsylvania who zipped by a construction worker while over the speed limit got a rude surprise less than a mile down the road. That construction worker was actually a state trooper in disguise, and he then radioed ahead for the speeders to be pulled over on... More »

German Cops Seize Pills With a Familiar Look

Yes, those are Trump-themed ecstasy pills

(Newser) - Ich bin ein ecstasy pill. German police made a strange bust over the weekend that resulted in the seizure of 5,000 orange ecstasy pills in the shape of President Trump's head, reports CNN . In case there was any room for disagreement, the name Trump is on the back... More »

Bride, Groom Spend Wedding Night in Handcuffs

After brawl breaks out at bar

(Newser) - Not the most auspicious beginning to newlywed life: A Canadian bride and groom were led away from their post-wedding party in handcuffs Saturday. Witnesses say nine or so wedding party members entered an Edmonton bar around 10pm and were obviously drunk. And then: "You know in the old Western... More »

Thieves Steal 22 Tons of Nutella

Cops warn against buying chocolate through 'unconventional channels'

(Newser) - Look, we crave chocolate as much as the next news site, but this is ridiculous. The Telegraph reports thieves in Germany made off with more than 22 tons of Nutella over the weekend. The Nutella—along with Kinder Surprise eggs and other sweet treats—was in a refrigerated trailer that... More »

Witnesses: Chick-fil-A Trashed After Nugget Dispute

It happened in Jacksonville, Florida

(Newser) - A tiff over cold chicken nuggets apparently led to a trashed Florida Chick-fil-A. Action News Jax reports on the incident, which took place Monday night in a Jacksonville restaurant and started with what witnesses say was a teen boy complaining he wasn't satisfied with his order. Allison Music, who... More »

Bride Allegedly Pulls Gun From Dress, Opens Fire

So much for wedded bliss

(Newser) - "She pulled out of her wedding dress a 9mm pistol, pointed it at her new husband's head, and pulled the trigger." That's how a police officer sums up what could go down in history as the worst bridezilla moment ever. Authorities were called to a motel... More »

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