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Pizza crooks arrested in 30 minutes or less

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Pizza crooks arrested in 30 minutes or less

If there was one crime police in Newport, R.I., had had enough of, it was the series of robberies of pizza delivery guys. So they got proactive. After determining that the robberies were taking place in the same area, the police told pizza joints to let them know the next time an order came in from that area. When one did, they sent an unmarked car — well, actually it was marked with one of those rooftop signs from A-1 Pizza. But nothing that said it was a cop car. An undercover officer drove. Two more officers were hiding in the back seat. There was no pizza. A 30-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy tried to rob them but were arrested instead.

Stupid criminals

X-ray shows man's diet of carats

Sometimes an investigation requires the use of a dog with a keen sense of smell. Sherlock Holmes had that big magnifying glass. But Spanish authorities cracked a case with the help of an X-ray. A British tourist at the beach resort of Marbella reported to police that a purse was stolen by two well-dressed men. In the purse: a $16,500 diamond. When police caught up to the men, they noticed one put his hand to his mouth. A quick trip to the medical center revealed the rock in his gut. The men were detained. No details were given on the recovery of the gem. Thankfully.

Global agreement

All Earth's creatures safe from Rodney

Rodney Poteat went hunting and bagged a deer and a bobcat and took them home to Salisbury, N.C. Problem: He did his hunting in Kentucky, where he did not have a permit. Probably a slap on the wrist kind of thing, right? A fine, maybe? Well, the Kentucky court wanted to make it clear that it wasn't happy with Poteat, so it banned him from hunting for two years . . . anywhere in the world. There is an interstate agreement that allows certain states to hand down bans within other participating states, but Poteat was banned across the entire globe. If he violates that, intergalactic authorities will have to be notified.

SIgns, SIgns

Street marker may be safer if higher

No matter how many times officials in Bemidji, Minn., replace the street sign on Stoner Avenue, someone goes and steals it. The city says that signs on the street have to be replaced about 15 times a year. At that rate, it might be less expensive to change the name of the street to something less . . . collectible. Less expensive for the city, maybe, but residents of Stoner Avenue say they'll have to change all their documents, and that could be a headache. So the city is looking into other options.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at jwebster@sptimes.com.

Pizza crooks arrested in 30 minutes or less 09/15/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 15, 2011 9:43pm]

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