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The skinny: Facebook helps catch another dumb criminal

Police reports

Facebook helps catch another dumb criminal

Police in Burlington, Vt., arrested Ryan Jarvis, 25, on a charge of retail theft. And the only evidence they really had was that Jarvis' fiancee was showing off a $3,199 engagement ring in her Facebook photos. Several of Amber Lafountain's friends — well, three, but it's Vermont — recognized it as the ring that had been stolen from the local Zales, reports the Burlington Free Press. Police say Jarvis saw the ring while shopping, considered financing options . . . then just ran out of the store with it. "He advised he knew it was a stupid thing to do," Officer Jesse Stewart said. Almost as stupid as posting photos of stolen merchandise on Facebook.

Found money

Judge: State gets to keep safe cash

Ever since Sally Daher's old safe fell off a tow truck in 2008 in Lawrence, Mass., people have been fighting over the contents. Which isn't surprising, since it contained $178,496. Daher died in 2001, but the one-ton safe sat in her old shoe store for several years until the new owners decided to get rid of it. Daher's family wanted it. The tow truck driver wanted it. And the state wanted it, to cover care Daher got in her final years. A judge decided this week that the state would get it. Daher's son Ken told the Eagle-Tribune he was "ecstatic" the money would go toward the debt. The tow truck driver did not comment.

WWJD with a big bag of money?

A couple in Akron, Ohio, wish to remain anonymous after finding $12,000, reports the Akron Beacon Journal. The woman, 63, told police they discovered a tan cloth bag during their evening walk and took it to police, because it was "what Jesus would have done." She might not be aware of the general ethic of police in the time of Jesus, but her point is pure. And Akron police found the rightful owners, who also were not identified. "My father was a minister," the woman who found it said, "and he always told me: 'Just do the right thing.' " Wait, her father was Spike Lee?

Traffic stops

Police look for drugs, really hard

Darren Richardson, 28, of Wanaque, N.J., was stopped by police, and they thought they smelled something funny in his 2004 BMW 325i, reports the Star-Ledger of Newark. They brought in a sniffer dog. Then they impounded the car. Then they arrested Richardson when he argued. Well, after three weeks, police found no drugs and went ahead and released the car back to Richardson. Sure, the search did a little damage to the car, so Richardson filed a claim with his insurer, which estimated the damage at $12,636.42. Which, in the insurance business, is known as "total loss." Internal affairs is looking into the matter. The insurer has paid the claim but would also like a legal word with the police.

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

The skinny: Facebook helps catch another dumb criminal 12/29/11 [Last modified: Thursday, December 29, 2011 8:29pm]
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