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The skinny: Internet makes Lazy crooks easier to catch

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Internet makes Lazy crooks easier to catch

Police in Carpentersville, Ill., have arrested Jonathan Miller, 18, and Myshawn Bonds, 19, on charges of theft. Police think that the men stole a watch and other expensive items that had been posted on Craigslist, after arranging to meet the sellers. One of the reasons they got on the trail of the two men is that after the watch was stolen, it showed up on Craigslist again, using the legal owner's original photo. The victim arranged to meet with the men to buy the watch and showed up with police, reports the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.

Gloomy Gauls

Poll: No one quite as dour as French

A poll has found that French people were the most pessimistic in the world. To reach that conclusion, BVA-Gallup interviewed 500 to 2,700 people in 51 countries, via telephone and Internet. France scored an overall negative score of 79. "We have never seen a score this low in 34 years of doing the study," said Celine Bracq of BVA-Gallup. The next gloomiest people were in Ireland, followed by Austria and Belgium, if you are planning a vacation. The happiest places? Nigeria was practically giddy, with a positive 80, followed by Vietnam, Ghana and Uzbekistan. A caveat: The poll was conducted on behalf of the French newspaper Le Parisien, and we've established how negative the French can be.

Nudity in News

His outfit was bare, his noises bear

Thomas Lehman Manley, 31, was arrested in Bozeman, Mont., on charges of criminal trespassing, resisting arrest and obstructing an officer, reports the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. That sounds boring. Here's what happened: First, police say, Manley was naked. All the best stories start out that way. Next, he was asleep in a garage. Someone else's garage. Someone Manley didn't know. When the home­owner woke Manley, Manley jumped up, ran into the house and locked himself in the bathroom. That was when police got involved. They asked him to come out. He did but ran around roaring and flailing his arms. He never said a word. Just roared. And flailed. Police eventually cuffed him and took him in.

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

The skinny: Internet makes Lazy crooks easier to catch 12/26/11 [Last modified: Monday, December 26, 2011 8:39pm]
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