Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

The skinny

The skinny: Doughnut shop is dumb place to commit crime

Flaw & Order

Doughnut shop is dumb place to commit crime

It was all part of a sting known as "Extra Sugar." Police in Rockaway Township, N.J., were casing the Dunkin' Donuts — too easy — when they noticed that one of the workers took a lot of 10- to 15-minute breaks, in which she would go out to cars in the parking lot. As the investigation continued, an officer approached the woman and got her own personal menu of services offered, complete with prices. When the officer set up a parking lot meeting with the woman, she even offered unadvertised sale prices. But instead of completing the transaction, police arrested Melissa Redmond, 29, and charged her with solicitation. For whatever reason, Dunkin' Donuts had no official comment on the episode.

Officer Dan Pascoe is Indestructocop

Police in Britain have a bit of a reputation for being soft. First, there's the nickname "Bobbies." Doesn't really command respect. And there are the funny hats. Plus, with the pandemic politeness over there, it seems the job might be low stress. But officer Dan Pascoe will reset the image of the British cop. Police in Surrey set up a roadblock to catch a guy who stole a BMW. Pascoe was standing at his patrol car when the BMW crashed into it, knocking him over. The thief had to abandon the car and make off on foot. Pascoe, who was just hit by a car, jumped up and chased the thief, Robocop-style. He didn't catch him, but dropped him with his stun gun. Like everything, it was caught on video. Watch it at

Parking violations no longer tolerated

To illustrate the severity of the parking problem in Vilnius, Lithuania, the city's mayor, Arturas Zuokas, took to the streets in a tank he borrowed from the military and started plowing over illegally parked luxury cars. "I've had enough of these drivers parking their luxury cars on bike lanes and pedestrian crossings," Zuokas said. "This tank is a good tool to solve the problem of parking in the wrong place." So, when vacationing in Lithuania, it is suggested that tourists opt in to any available insurance for their rental car.

Grandma's instinct saves kids by a foot

Last week, we told you the story of grandma in New England who took a baseball bat to an intruder to get him out of her house and away from her grandbabies. Jessica Thomas of Kansas City, Mo., didn't have a baseball bat. So when she got home and was accosted with her grandkids by a man with a gun, she had to improvise. "I threw myself in front of the door and decided at that point I was going to make a field goal kick in his groin, and I did," Thomas told KMBC-TV in Kansas City. It's a move that anyone who has ever watched America's Funniest Videos knows well. "You don't mess with the grandkids. That's the mother lion instinct." The man got away, limping. Anyone who knows a man who recently began speaking in a higher octave should contact KCPD.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

The skinny: Doughnut shop is dumb place to commit crime 08/02/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 8:01pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Lightning picks defenseman Cal Foote


    While the Lightning is still trying to bolster its blueline via trade, it selected a big, right shot defenseman Cal Foote at No. 14 overall Friday in the NHL Draft.

    Cal Foote is the son of former Avs defenseman Adam Foote.
  2. Kids today: They don't work summer jobs the way they used to


    WASHINGTON — It was at Oregon's Timberline Lodge, later known as a setting in the horror movie The Shining, where Patrick Doyle earned his first real paycheck.

    Teens Ben Testa, from left, Hannah Waring and Abby McDonough, and Wegmeyer Farms owner Tyler Wegmeyer walk the strawberry rows at the Hamilton, Va., farm in late May.
  3. Jeb Bush back in the hunt for the Marlins, now opposing Derek Jeter


    Associated Press:

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has switched sides in pursuit of the Miami Marlins, and he’s trying to beat out former teammate Derek Jeter.

  4. The Lightning's 2017-18 road jersey
  5. Legalized medical marijuana signed into law by Rick Scott

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed into law a broader medical marijuana system for the state, following through on a promise he made earlier this month.

    Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation on Friday that legalizes medical marijuana in Florida.