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The skinny: Robbery tip: Never leave your underwear

.  London Bug spray A Kew Gardens employee cleans up around a giant bug sculpture Thursday. The installation is part of Kew Gardens’ three-month Summer Festival and explores the world of “bugs and beasties.”

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. London Bug spray A Kew Gardens employee cleans up around a giant bug sculpture Thursday. The installation is part of Kew Gardens’ three-month Summer Festival and explores the world of “bugs and beasties.”

Bad burglars

Robbery tip: Never leave your underwear

Police investigating a burglary in Shoreline, Wash., noted all the things that the burglar took. A camera, a laptop, an iPod and a DVD player. Then they started looking for things he left. Usually, that means a footprint or a fingerprint. For some reason, this time, it was a pair of underwear, reports Good enough. Police derived a DNA profile from the skeevy skivvies — do not think about that too long — and matched it to a man already in jail for another crime. He was very easy to catch. Charges are pending.

You can have too much explosives

A lot of bank robbers do due diligence in planning out their caper, working on timing, weapons, strategy and getaway. Then there are the guys who tried to rob a bank in Mecklenburg, Germany. The general plan was to blow up the facade of the bank in the middle of the night and spirit away with the ATM. Instead of figuring out the amount of explosives they would need, they went with a strategy of just bringing as many as they could find. The problem that created: After the explosion, there was no bank left to rob, reports Die Welt. In addition to a pile of rubble, police found a delivery van engulfed in flames on the outer edge of the carnage, and surmise that was to have been the getaway vehicle.

Caught in act

Sister speaks with a higher authority

Sister Lynn Rettinger isn't technically the voice of God, but she speaks on His behalf enough that people listen to her. And on Tuesday, the person listening to her was a guy in the parking lot of the Pittsburgh school where she is principal. He was seen stealing a wallet and a purse out of a car. When Rettinger, 5-foot-3, heard about this, she went to the stairs, and intoned: "You need to give me what you have." The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the man walked to Rettinger, gave her the items, apologized, and calmly walked away. "He didn't even run," she said.

Bills, bills, bills

It's bad in Greece, but P.M. has phone

There is probably a lot of cutting off of utilities in Greece these days, and the way the Greek economy is going, maybe it isn't even totally surprising that service to the home phone of Prime Minister George Papandreou was disconnected for failure to pay. But it turns out that things aren't that bad in Greece. The line was disconnected by accident, as the deadbeat customer was one with a number one digit off from Papandreou. Service was restored after two days.

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

The skinny: Robbery tip: Never leave your underwear 05/27/10 [Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 9:12pm]
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