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The skinny: Mass. cops crack case of young reader

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Mass. cops crack case of young reader

When police in Charlton, Mass., looked at the next item on their list of most important crimes to solve, they rounded up the troops and headed over to track down fugitive Hailey Benoit. It seems Hailey, 5, was way overdue on a couple of library books, titles unavailable, and Sgt. Dan Dowd rapped on the door and demanded the books either be paid for or returned. Dowd explains to WBZ-TV how he was chosen for the mission: "Apparently I was one of the low men on the totem pole." Hailey's mom, Shannon, said that when the officer left, Hailey was crying and asked if she was going to get arrested. Lesson learned.

Car thief steals vehicle to break out

Jailbreak stories can be fascinating tales of intricate, hard-to-imagine plans that involve luck, timing, perseverance and evil genius. When Thomas Kelley, 51, busted out of Donovan Correctional Facility in Otay Mesa, Calif., on Sunday, it really didn't involve any of that. "It appears he just jumped in the vehicle and left," Donovan spokesman Lt. Patrick Logan told the U-T San Diego newspaper. Kelley was assigned to firefighting duties, and when the car thief saw a fire truck available, he stole it. Police saw a fire truck being driven erratically about 10 miles from the facility, but the driver fled when pulled over. He was caught Tuesday morning.

Make sure you can start getaway car

Police in St. Tammany, La., have arrested one man and are looking for two others in connection with a bank robbery in Mandeville. It's not the kind of case you'll ever see on Forensic Files, because it was sort of easy. One of the men went into a bank and said he had a gun. He didn't. But bank employees gave him a big sack of cash anyway. Then as he exited the bank, he found his two accomplices getting a jumpstart on the getaway car, because it had stalled. Then the dye pack exploded, and a lot of people noticed and took down the license number. One man was arrested and two other suspects have been identified, reports WWL-AM in New Orleans.

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

The skinny: Mass. cops crack case of young reader 01/03/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 10:34pm]

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