Crime and Punishment
Crime and Punishment
What’s that golden rule to follow when you’re on the run from the law? Draw as much attention to yourself as possible, obviously.
One nonsensical man was arrested the day after bragging that he’ll never be caught on the Facebook page of his county police department.
Last week, Roger Ray Ireland, 28, was the subject Read More
Authorities in Virginia are planning to take a bizarre — and utterly despicable — route to convict a teen on child pornography charges: forcing him to get a boner and taking photos of his erect penis.
A 17-year-old Manassas City teen was charged with two child pornography-related felonies after his 15-year-old girlfriend’s mother reported him for sexting, the Washington Post reports. Now, the teen, whose name was withheld by the Post, is facing a search warrant that would allow law enforcement officials to take him to a hospital, give him an erection-inducing needle, and photograph his penis.
The love of a family is life’s greatest blessing, they say.
In other news, a completely grown-up UK woman stole over £1,000 (US$1,705) from her disabled mother to feed her crazy Candy Crush addiction, the Telegraph reports.
The 45-year-old woman, Sally-Anne Turner, had access to her mother’s bank account when she acted as her caregiver. The mother noticed money disappearing from her bank account between February 2012 and January 2014, coincidentally during the time that her daughter “became addicted to Candy Crush Saga and other online gaming sites.”
Millennials — they can’t even stop with the social media long enough to rob a house properly.
South St. Paul resident Nicholas Steven Wig, 27, allegedly broke into and robbed a house last week, Ars Technica reports. Before fleeing the scene with his booty, he reportedly logged onto Facebook on the victim’s computer — but forgot to log out.
When the owner returned to his ransacked house, he discovered — besides the fact that he was missing a bunch of items — that his computer was logged into the Facebook account of someone named Nick Dub. Police traced the Nick Dub Facebook account back to Mr. Wig and arrested him on burglary charges.
Crime and Punishment
It’s a classic case of improv meets prank meets murder.
A fake axe murder scene staged by two Edinburgh garage workers triggered a real police investigation after Google Street View users reported the “crime,” Geek reports.
The pranksters posed for the scene, which shows one man — axe-in-hand — walking away from another lying Read More
Rise of the Drones
Apps that track your mobile devices are great for that Sunday morning when you can’t figure out if your phone is at the club, in a cab, or just in your damn pocket. But be careful where your phone-finding quest takes you — you could wind up meeting the person who stole it, and they might not be excited to see you.
Police are more and more concerned that apps like “Find My iPhone” are encouraging people to chase down and confront thieves, according to the New York Times. Theft victims have done everything from setting elaborate traps for thieves to teaming up with friends for a vigilante joy-ride — apparently hammers are popular on the list of scary weapons with which to intimidate phone-snatchers.
Criminal gangs in the UK’s Shropshire county are using drones to locate marijuana farms, and then blackmailing the farms’ owners or straight up stealing their weed, ITProPortal reports.
It’s a tactic that law enforcement authorities worldwide have been employing for years — using thermal imaging to detect possible locations of grow houses. Marijuana requires hot temperatures and hydroponic lamps to grow, meaning that grow houses generally emit a ton of heat, and show up on cops’ thermal cameras.
Things That Scare Us
Turns out that one episode of The Sopranos where the gang goes to Italy wasn’t exaggerating: the pasta-loving peninsula is still teeming with organized crime. And now, a new WikiLeaks-inspired website is hoping to put a dent in it.
Ten anonymous Italians created the site, according to the Daily Dot, in hopes of connecting police and journalists to people with inside knowledge about mob activity.
The Greater Manchester Police have seized what may be plastic 3D-printed gun components–or just 3D printer parts.
The Associated Press reports that the cops confiscated the goods in a raid against suspected gang members, and are now determining whether they constitute a viable weapon.
If Snapchat is trying to downplay the stigma that it’s purely used by raucous teens for sexting, then this is certainly not going to help. A North Dakota newspaper reports that a 15-year-old boy was beaten with a baseball bat by another boy of the same age after he discovered that his 13-year-old sister Read More