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The skinny: Stolen loot worth way less after conversion

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Stolen loot worth way less after conversion

Police in Corbett, Ore., were called to the home of Dan Johnson after someone broke in and stole, among other things, a coin collection worth several thousand dollars. In the collection were rare pennies, nickels and dimes dating back to the early 1900s, reports KPTV. But the thieves needed to convert that haul into cash. But here is the worst way to liquidate a coin collection: Coinstar. The coin-counting machines in markets and banks see a penny, and it's worth one red cent, no matter what it's "worth." And the machine wouldn't even accept Johnson's silver quarters. So the crooks converted that several-thousand-dollar collection into $450, after the machine kept the standard 8 percent. So, what kind of crook does that? "The obvious answer is that the crooks were idiots," Johnson said. "Just really a stupid person."

Man convicted, then takes office

Kyle Bower, 19, pleaded guilty to charges of escaping from police and stalking at the Lehigh County courthouse on Wednesday, then he was sworn in as a member of the Alburtis Borough Council, reports the Morning Call of Allentown, Pa. Serving on the council was not technically part of the sentence. He was elected to the council in November. But in 2010, he was arrested on charges of underage drinking, then managed to slip out of his cuffs and leave the police station. Then in July, he was arrested for throwing a brick through his ex-girlfriend's window. So he was a natural for politics.

Buyer tests limits of the test drive

It isn't officially defined, but technically there is a point when a "test drive" becomes "car theft." Police in Madison, Wis., and a 47-year-old man had to discuss in depth the finer points of the difference between the two when the man, unnamed in reports, was arrested last week. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that A to Z Auto in Madison called 911 after the man drove off in a 2000 Nissan Altima without a salesman. Police pulled the car over seven miles from the dealer, and the man told them how he was planning to take the car to Milwaukee to get money and bring it back to the dealer to buy it the next day. "You just don't take it for a 15-minute test drive," police quoted the man as saying. Police arrested him and told him, and everyone, that if you want to do that, don't assume it's okay. Ask next time.

Nudity in the news

To get coverage, athlete uncovered

Professional skateboarder Jerome Rogers, 26, was arrested on a charge of criminal mischief, accused of going on a naked rampage through the Affinia Shelburne Hotel in New York City. Paintings were ripped off hallway walls, and he was sitting amid the broken glass, again, naked. The only role nudity seemed to play in the incident was in gaining national media attention to it. Naked.

Compiled from wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster.

The skinny: Stolen loot worth way less after conversion 01/06/12 [Last modified: Friday, January 6, 2012 10:30pm]
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