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This credit card fraudster turned his photographic memory to crime ...
Cashier arrested in Japan for allegedly using 'photographic memory' to steal credit card information of 1,300 customers

A cashier in Tokyo stole the credit card information of 1,300 customers.
(CNN)A store cashier in Tokyo been arrested on allegations of stealing the credit card information of 1,300 customers using just one tool -- his memory.

The part-time worker was arrested Thursday for stealing credit card details to buy $2,600 (270,000 Japanese yen) worth of bags from online shopping sites last March, according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police.

A police source familiar with the investigation told CNN that the man, who worked at a shopping mall in Koto ward, had allegedly memorized customers' credit card information while processing their orders -- then recalled the credit card details later to shop online.

The suspect has a photographic memory and police have found a notebook with card details listed in it, said the source working on the investigation. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/10/asia/japan-memory-credit-card-intl-hnk-scli/index.html
 

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Two Amish men caught drinking while driving buggy flee Ohio deputies
POSTED 7:43 PM, SEPTEMBER 17, 2019, BY TRIBUNE MEDIA WIRE


NORTH BLOOMFIELD, Ohio – Police officers often say no traffic stop is routine and there was nothing routine when a deputy pulled over an Amish buggy early Sunday morning in North Bloomfield, Ohio.
The deputy was on patrol in the heart of Trumbull County's Amish community when he spotted a buggy uniquely outfitted with a large stereo system on Donley Road, WJW reports.
According to his report, he saw two Amish men drinking inside the buggy, a 12-pack of beer on top of the vehicle.
When the deputy attempted to stop and question the two men about drinking and driving, they jumped out of the buggy and ran, disappearing into a heavily wooded area on the side of the road. According to the report, the horse pulling the buggy took off running, and the deputy gave chase, eventually catching up with it a short distance away.

https://wreg.com/2019/09/17/two-amish-men-caught-drinking-while-driving-buggy-flee-ohio-deputies/
 

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This is a weird one.

Ed Kramer was one of the founders of the Atlanta fan convention Dragoncon. He was arrested on child molestation charges, and after a long court battle he settled on a plea that did not admit guilt but admitted there was enough evidence to convict him.

The prosecutor who led his conviction was Danny Porter. A Judge Schrader in the same county was convinced that Danny Porter was spying on her, so she hired a computer firm to put spyware in county computers to see if her paranoia was true. The company sent the same Ed Kramer to install the spyware in the county computers. Now Schrader, Kramer, and the man who hired Kramer are all indicted for computer trespass.

https://www.ajc.com/news/local/gwin...indicted-hacking-case/ni0nOji81VHz7xCdKP7LgN/

 
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This is a weird one.

Ed Kramer was one of the founders of the Atlanta fan convention Dragoncon. He was arrested on child molestation charges, and after a long court battle he settled on a plea that did not admit guilt but admitted there was enough evidence to convict him.

The prosecutor who led his conviction was Danny Porter. A Judge Schrader in the same county was convinced that Danny Porter was spying on her, so she hired a computer firm to put spyware in county computers to see if her paranoia was true. The company sent the same Ed Kramer to install the spyware in the county computers. Now Schrader, Kramer, and the man who hired Kramer are all indicted for computer trespass.

https://www.ajc.com/news/local/gwin...indicted-hacking-case/ni0nOji81VHz7xCdKP7LgN/

Wow. They could make that into a film. It's got all the internecine elements to it.
 

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Dwarf porn star stabs Jesse James.

Little person porn star Bridget Powers -- who goes by "Bridget the Midget" in her movies -- got in a nasty fight that ended with her in handcuffs and her BF with a stab wound.



Law enforcement sources tell us they were called to a home in Vegas early Wednesday after a neighbor heard screaming and breaking glass. When officers arrived, they made contact with Powers and discovered she and her boyfriend just finished a vicious spat.

Cops say Powers stabbed him in the leg during the fight ... and he was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Unclear if his injury is below or above the knee.

https://www.tmz.com/2019/09/18/porn-star-bridget-the-midget-powers-stab-boyfriend/

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I can see how shooting someone in the head without killing them would leave you with a need for some creative actions and explanations.

He shot his girlfriend in the head but didn't tell her.
She finally went to the doctor, and now he's going to prison


A Georgia woman and her ex-boyfriend were arguing in her car two years ago when her driver's side window shattered and she blacked out.

When she came to, she was in his car, not hers, and they went to his mother's house because she had a head wound.

She thought she had been cut by flying glass. But her ex, Jerrontae Cain, had a secret -- he had shot her.

Thursday, a judge sentenced Cain, 39, to 25 years in prison for several crimes including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon. Cain had been convicted of felony sexual battery in 2010.

For a month after the shooting in 2017, the woman stayed at Cain's mother's house, suffering through severe headaches, dealing with memory loss and having trouble when she tried to talk, according to a news release from the Fulton County District Attorney's office. In June that year, a friend took her to the hospital.

Doctors at Atlanta Medical Center found a bullet in the back of her skull, one that would have to remain there because trying to take it out could kill her, the DA's office said.

Hospital staff alerted investigators, and the woman told them she didn't remember being shot -- she just recalled the window breaking.

Cain told police the woman, now 42, had crashed her car into a tree. But detectives found the crime scene inconsistent with his explanation, according to the DA's office.

They issued an arrest warrant but Cain was not caught until January 2019, more than a year later, when police showed up at a home in College Park, just south of Atlanta. He hid in an attic during a two-hour standoff until he surrendered, the DA's office said.

Cain was also sentenced to five years of probation to be served after his prison term.
SOURCE: https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/26/us/georgia-woman-shot-in-head-man-sentenced/index.html
 

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I can't find any statistics on the biggest recorded apple heists, so I can't confirm whether this is a record haul ...
Thieves steal 50,000 apples from an Indiana orchard

A few bad apples stole 50,000 good ones from an orchard in LaPorte County, Indiana.

Jon and Robyn Drummond, owners of Williams Orchard, reported to the LaPorte County Sheriff's Office last Saturday that thieves had stolen the apples from an acre of trees.

"I was floored," Jon Drummond told CNN. "When someone comes in and commercially steals from you, it's like, whoa. That's a little disheartening." ...

"Almost every single apple from every single tree was completely wiped out," he said. "It was cleanly picked. I was like, oh my God, someone came in and stole these apples."

The Drummonds recently purchased the orchard, which was established in the 1860s, and even hosted a grand reopening on Labor Day weekend.

They estimate the missing apples are worth $27,000.

"Sadly, I don't have any insurance on it," said Jon Drummond. "I don't have theft insurance, and so I wasn't able to recoup any money. It was purely stolen out of our pockets."

The theft occurred in a secluded valley at the back of the orchard, he said.

The couple had just invested in building new gates, but had not yet installed locks, so the thieves were able to simply unchain the gates and drive through the orchard, he said.

"It probably was an insider job," said Jon Drummond. ...

He believes the missing apples might be used to make cider, or possibly sold through wholesalers or other distributors. ...

"We're looking for a pickup truck or some kind of trailer that could pull this large of product," Capt. Derek Allen of La Porte County Sheriff's Office told CNN affiliate WSBT. ...
SOURCE: https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/28/us/williams-orchard-indiana-trnd/index.html
 
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Even Death's not safe.

The Russian city of Arkhangelsk caused a stir by putting up a statue of the Grim Reaper on a roadside to put motorists off speeding, only for thieves to steal it later in the day.

The short-lived speed sign stood at an accident black-spot on Leningrad Highway in the far-northern city, and soon became a landmark and talking point on social media, the local news site 29.ru reports.

The black-shrouded figure, made to order by a craftsman from local pine, was meant to "discourage drivers from speeding up on that stretch of road since it's been repaired", spokeswoman Tatyana Simindei told the site.

A few members of the public liked the idea - "it's good to see some creativity in the city," wrote one on the council's official social media page - but most thought it was in poor taste.

https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-49715468
 
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Now that's chutzpah!

A woman facing sentencing for shoplifting went ‘robbing’ again during a lunchbreak in court and the sentencing judge said her offending was almost frightening.

Julianne O’Farrell, aged 27, of 8, Marble Hall Park, Douglas Rd, Cork, had 111 previous convictions including 26 for theft. She pleaded guilty to several more counts related to shoplifting today, including counts of theft, criminal damage to items and handling stolen property.

When Garda Paul Russell charged her with the lunchtime crime, O’Farrell replied, “I was fleecing the city for years before ye ever caught me.”

https://www.irishexaminer.com/break...g-when-court-took-break-for-lunch-954815.html
 

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The box of "sex toys” Maria del Carmen asked a neighbor on Spain’s north coast to keep an eye on actually contained the decapitated head of her missing husband. The rest of the man, identified by Spanish news outlet El Pais as 67-year-old Jesus Maria, remains missing.

According to the report, del Carmen, 61, asked a neighbor to keep an eye on her box of sex toys, which she didn’t want in her own home while authorities were poking around for clues that might help them locate Maria, who’d gone missing from their home in the town of Cantabria in February.

The neighbor, who isn’t identified in the report, finally decided to look inside the box once it started stinking up her house. What she found was far more shocking that a smattering of vibrators and blow-up dolls. The sight of Maria’s severed and rotting head reportedly sent her into “a panic attack.”

https://www.nydailynews.com/news/wo...0191004-7wyawtl4pja2dg7owt4uprjsly-story.html

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Now that's chutzpah!

A woman facing sentencing for shoplifting went ‘robbing’ again during a lunchbreak in court and the sentencing judge said her offending was almost frightening.

Julianne O’Farrell, aged 27, of 8, Marble Hall Park, Douglas Rd, Cork, had 111 previous convictions including 26 for theft. She pleaded guilty to several more counts related to shoplifting today, including counts of theft, criminal damage to items and handling stolen property.

When Garda Paul Russell charged her with the lunchtime crime, O’Farrell replied, “I was fleecing the city for years before ye ever caught me.”

https://www.irishexaminer.com/break...g-when-court-took-break-for-lunch-954815.html
Some people do this for a living. There's a whole black economy industry based around shoplifting.
 

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It's bad enough to be caught in the act of smuggling. It's even worse to be directed by police hovering overhead to render assistance to the other cops who've just tried to stop you by force.
Suspected drug traffickers rescue police officers at sea off Spanish coast

Three police officers were rescued by suspected drug traffickers they were chasing at sea off the coast of Spain, local authorities said.

On Friday morning, three Spanish maritime patrol agents attempted to intercept a boat with suspected narcotics off Costa del Sol. The agents' boat went "out of control" and hit the side of the suspects' vessel and the officers fell into the sea, Civil guard authorities said.

The suspects rescued the three police officers as a helicopter hovered over the area.

"The crew of the helicopter of the Malaga Air Unit, upon realizing the imminent danger to the civil guards, required the occupants of the other vessel to support them by public address, being rescued by them and being all unharmed," the police statement read.

Although the four men rescued the occupants, they were arrested for drug trafficking after 80 bundles of hashish -- weighing more than three tons -- were found in the sea.
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-...at-sea-off-Spanish-coast/8851570302060/?sl=19
 

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The elderly Florida kook who used a water pistol filled with his own urine to squirt a female neighbor in the face has been convicted of battery, but will only serve a month in jail for the vile attack, records show.



The piss-tol shooter

Joel Benjamin, 71, entered a no contest plea to the misdemeanor charge during an appearance last Thursday in Circuit Court. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and a one-year probation term.

Benjamin claimed he targeted the woman because she had been spying on him as part of a purported government surveillance campaign.

During police questioning, Benjamin showed no remorse, saying that he would “do it again,” according to the complaint.

http://thesmokinggun.com/buster/florida/water-pisstol-sentence-365912

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The result of the crime was strange at least the extent of it

A furniture shop owner has been found guilty of deliberately causing an explosion that injured 81 people, in what was an "insurance job gone wrong".

Pascal Blasio, 57, of Gillingham, Kent, had denied being behind the "almost apocalyptic" blast at his shop in New Ferry, Merseyside, in 2017. The blast damaged 63 properties and left a man with life-changing injuries. Judge Thomas Teague QC said the jury at Liverpool Crown Court saw through Blasio's "humbug of dishonesty".

Jurors unanimously found him guilty of causing an explosion likely to endanger life or cause serious injury to property and fraud, in relation to an insurance claim. He will be sentenced on 23 October.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-49999308
 
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