When stealing beer, you may have to chill it
Police in Clarksville, Tenn., say that a man went in to a gas station and stole a few cases of beer. And he might have gotten away with it, too, except for one thing: The beer was warm. So his first reaction was to take the beer back and try to exchange it for cold beer. When he asked the clerk to trade it, she asked if he had paid for it, reports the Tennessean. It was at that point that the man realized his mistake. He tried to change the subject, asking for directions, then left.
Man talked out of street justice
A man called police in Lexington, Ky., on Monday afternoon to report that he had been the victim of a hit-and-run, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader. Possibly understanding the budget constraints faced by police these days, the man told the police dispatcher that he had a rifle with him and that he would "take care of it." To the man's surprise, the dispatcher asked him to stop instead and let the police handle it. He did. And the dispatcher sighed in relief.
Man bites dog: It sometimes happens
Police in San Diego were chasing Michael Douglas Schuh because they suspected him of being involved in a car theft, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. As Schuh fled into a canyon, police released Ajax, a police dog, to chase him down. Ajax caught him and bit him. So Schuh bit Ajax back. Ajax didn't let go, and police apprehended Schuh and took him to the hospital to be treated for the damage Ajax did to him. Ajax was fine after the incident.
Bandit didn't count on getting caned
A man in St. Paul, Minn., snatched the purse away from an 85-year-old woman. But the woman's younger companion chased the man down and got it back. The younger companion was her 65-year-old daughter. She chased the thief down, and he attacked her with a knife, but she used her cane to disarm him. He dropped the purse and fled. Perry Young, 52, was later arrested and charged in the case.
Who's stealing all of Edina's doggy bags?
Until now, officials in Edina, Minn., have financed the dispensers in city parks with free bags for people to clean up after their dogs. But like so many great ideas, someone has gone and wrecked it for everyone by stealing all the bags as soon as the dispensers are filled. "People walk up and take them until they're gone," John Keprios, the director of parks and recreation, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "I would have loved to have kept providing them. It's just not feasible if they treat it that way." The program cost the city $12,000 per year.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.