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Bait could make more bears want to be captured

There is a bear on the loose in Bellevue, Wash., and that has people nervous. The bear, about a year and a half old, has been seen raiding garbage cans and bird feeders in neighborhoods. "(The bear's) comfort level with people is not good," game warden Jason Capelli told the Seattle Times. Capelli says they have a foolproof plan for catching the bear: Krispy Kreme doughnuts. The doughnut shop is donating day-old treats to lure the bear, and when they catch it, it will be relocated to the mountains. "Krispy Kreme doughnuts are standard bear bait," Capelli said. That's because they work. The bear is estimated to weigh between 70-80 pounds, but he hasn't gotten any Krispy Kremes yet.

Police reports

Good crook strategy: Try to blend in

Police in Colorado say that Anthony Brandon Gonzales, 20, broke into a home in Pueblo County in April. The police didn't have much to go on in the crime since the perpetrator wore a mask. Unfortunately for the perpetrator, the mask failed to cover his upper lip and chin. On his upper lip, the word "Eastside" was tattooed. On his chin was a "13" in the shape of facial hair. Turns out, there aren't too many people who have those sorts of tattoos. Gonzales does. He was already in jail on drug charges when police found him. "It's hard to miss him," Sgt. Eric Bravo said.

• Someone came in to the PNC Bank in Sharonville, Ohio, on Friday and threatened to "blow up the place" if they didn't give him $5,000. The problem was, it was his normal branch and employees knew him there, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Police are looking for Andrew Taylor.

• A burglar broke in to a Subway sandwich shop in Des Moines, Iowa, after it closed Saturday night. Evidence suggests that the thief put together an unknown number of feet of sandwiches, then just started loading up on the cold cuts and bread needed to make more later. What he didn't get was any cash. He is on the loose, and all police know about him is that he used to be hungry.

Update

Washington book

One of the books that George Washington checked out of a New York library in 1789 has been found and returned. Sort of. Washington's estate found a copy of The Law of Nations, one of the two books in question, and will send it to the library. It is not the copy Washington borrowed but is of the same edition. The library waived fines that could have reached six-figures, the New York Daily News said, but that doesn't make it cheap. The estate had paid $12,000 for the book they are returning. The library is happy with the deal.

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

The skinny: Bait could make more bears want to be captured 05/24/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 12:08am]
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