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The skinny: A little hot sauce could have prevented crime

Dumb Customer

little hot sauce could have prevented crime

Jeremy Combs, 30, is positive that he asked for hot sauce. He went through the Taco Bell drive-through in Kansas City, ordered his favorite combination of some sort of tortillas and asked for hot sauce. Imagine his disappointment when he got home to find the order was exactly right, except no hot sauce. Police and the Taco Bell employee say Combs went back and threatened the worker with a shotgun, and he has been arrested. Combs says they have it all wrong, that he actually threatened the worker with a tire iron, which, interestingly, is also illegal.

Dumb police work

Cops on the case of suicide kit

FBI officials notified police in Springfield, Ore., that a man had purchased a suicide kit, and they needed to get over there right away. So they rushed over, kicked in the door and found that no one was there. A little research found that the man had not, in fact, killed himself, but that he was at work. Whew, that was close. But it really wasn't, for two reasons. First, the man who bought the kit worked for a newspaper and never intended to use it. The kit was bought as part of a story about Oregon outlawing such kits. Second, if he had planned to use it, the cops would have been a little too late to save him. The man bought it in February, and the story about it ran in March.

Dumb robber

Looking victims in eye dooms heist

Conor McClelland, 19, of Bellevue, Pa., has striking blue eyes. The kind of eyes that can get you in trouble. He is a regular customer at a Marathon gas station in Avalon, Pa., and the clerks have taken notice of the stunning deep blueness of his peepers. So recognizable are they that when the store was robbed, and the robber was wearing a hoodie and bandanna, it didn't cover his most identifiable feature. He left without getting money, but the clerks told police who did it, and they caught him in no time.

dumb drivers

DUI guy still drunk

Police in Washington, Pa., stopped Robert Brodnick, 58, and charged him with driving under the influence on Monday night. After filling out all the requisite paperwork, he was released into the custody of a friend. That friend, apparently, drove Brodnick back to the car, and 15 minutes after he was released, he was stopped again. He was still drunk.

Walking the dog

Cooper, a Chihuahua, goes "ballistic" if it doesn't walk 3 miles a day. That's too many miles for dogsitter Joan Zalk, 29. So rather than deny the dog its walk, Zalk, according to police, hung the leash outside the window of her car and drove alongside Cooper at 10-15 mph. Witnesses say the dog couldn't keep up. Zalk was stopped before Cooper was injured, and Zalk faces cruelty charges.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

The skinny: A little hot sauce could have prevented crime 09/21/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 8:06pm]
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