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The skinny: Think twice before claiming lost purses


Think twice before claiming lost purses

Police in Perth, Scotland, say Katrina Purll, 29, lost her purse. Luckily for Purll, someone found it and turned it over to police, reports the Daily Record of Glasgow. One problem: The purse contained a bag of cocaine. A small bag, but police count that. So when Purll showed up to claim the purse, police arrested her. "It seems not to have crossed her mind that the first thing we do with a bag which is handed in is have a good look through it," a police spokesman told the Record. Purll's lawyer has settled on the "my client found the drugs just before losing the purse" defense.

Read the label when stealing drugs

Police in Buena, N.J., arrested Jacob Collins on charges of burglary after a break-in at a pharmacy on Friday night. Police suspect that Collins was attempting to steal painkillers. Probably Oxycontin. It may be best that he got caught, because the bottles police say he was found with were oxybutynin, which isn't a pain reliever but is used to treat bladder control problems. The street value on that is undetermined. "Sadly, illiteracy affects all lifestyles, including criminal activity," Lt. David Sherma told the Daily Journal of Vineland, N.J.

Determined dad

There are no flights, but there is eBay

Martyn Hobbs, 40, was in Stockholm, Sweden, when the volcano in Iceland shut down European air traffic. Problem was, his wife was about to give birth back in their hometown of Peterborough, England. So when his airline made it clear that it had no idea when it would be able to get him home, he did the next logical thing and went on eBay, where he found a 1988 Saab 9000 for $1,382 and bought it. Then he started driving. He helped three other stranded people get back to their homes — and they helped pay for gas — as he drove 1,200 miles in 26 hours to get back to his expanding family. "There were big cuddles and smiles all round," he said of his arrival home.

Animal kingdom

Billy the goat gets gruff in Australia

On Wednesday, we brought you the story of a crocodile that broke in to an Australian swimming pool. No one was hurt, but aqua aerobics were briefly delayed. Today comes news that a goat, described as angry, broke in to a nursing home and injured two men over the age of 60. The men were hospitalized with spinal injuries, and a woman hurt her ankle trying to help them. It is possible the goat, 7, was agitated because someone named it Billy. Neighbors told the Melbourne Herald Sun it was the first time there has been a problem with the goat.

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

The skinny: Think twice before claiming lost purses 04/21/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 10:06pm]
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