Nursing student Brett Bishop came over to his neighbor's in search of his dog. What he found was a whole mess of trouble.
The 21-year-old's unexpected visit to his neighbor's yard last month turned truly bizarre after he allegedly cut down his neighbor's U.S. flag, slashed the tires on a car, and then stole a bunch of frozen pork out of a freezer. He then returned to his yard and burned the flag.
Bishop, who told Peru, Ind., police that he'd been drinking at the time, said he remembers taking his neighbor's flag, but not burning it.
According to the Pharos Tribune, "[Bishop] said he remembered burning his hand when he was trying to light something with a cigarette lighter, but couldn’t remember what he burned." He also told police that he was concerned about his drinking, since he "was doing well in nursing school and was up for a promotion at his job."
Bishop faces charges of burglary, theft, criminal mischief and flag desecration.
He told police he'd been "huffin.'" -Let me add... that when you say HUFFIN, I think of two things -ONE- It makes me think you are riding a bike, kinda like a slang term for your Huffy bike or something. -TWO- It rhymes with muffin, and I am hungry right now. Meet my Moron of the Moment:
Robert Pry faces commercial burglary, theft, and other charges stemming from an alleged inhalants binge.
Pry was discovered passed out in the storage room of a Jonesboro, Ark., Kmart on the morning of Sept. 1. The 21-year-old was found "covered in vomit and urine" with 16 empty cans of air duster nearby. When police arrived at the scene, Pry reportedly told officers that he'd hid out in the store until it closed, then found the air duster and “huffed all night long."
As Gawker pointed out, the 16-can binge was preceded by a self-financed inhalants romp at Walmart.
Police found several more empty cans of duster in a truck that Pry said he'd borrowed from a friend. The man told police he'd spent $100 on duster at Walmart, and staged the alleged burglary at Kmart after he'd ran out.
According to the police, Pry said he was “addicted to huffing.” No kidding.
Considering that inhalant abuse has proved lethal before, the sheer amount that Pry consumed means that he's lucky to be alive.
In March, a 14-year-old honors student in Los Angeles died after inhaling air duster. According to KTLA, the girl's older sister "found her in bed with a can of compressed air still attached to her mouth, her nostrils taped shut."
In 2011, an Atlanta-area teen died after huffing compressed air from dust cleaner and ingesting other substances.
(From the Huffington Post)
A Detroit woman was caught on camera vandalizing a cell phone store and then mooning the clerk because she couldn't get her son's phone refunded.
The cellular shout-fest began when the woman -- who identified herself as Stephanie to WXYZ -- entered the store and started throwing things. A clerk, who was behind bullet-proof glass in the shop, started filming the incident.
Stephanie told the station that she was upset because her son's $200 phone was outdated and damaged. The clerk argued that she didn't bring the phone in before the 7-day policy for refunds was up.
"Take everyone’s [expletive] money!" Stephanie said while knocking down signs. "Take it!"
Off camera, Stephanie allegedly used a knife to damage the bullet-proof glass, CNET reports. Before another woman pulled her out of the store, Stephanie turned around, lifted her dress and mooned the camera.
"Say cheese!" she yelled.
She later told reporters that she was justified because the phone was damaged and her money was "up in the air."The store happens to be right next to a police department. The clerk said he plans to pursue charges against Stephanie, according to the New York Daily News.
(From the Huffington Post)
Don't have a cow, man; he's just here for the steak.
A thief in a cow 'onesie' allegedly stole an unspecified number of porterhouse steaks from a food store in New Zealand on Aug. 23, according to police.
Sound weird? Sure, but probably not as weird as a police spokesperson's assertion that onesies aren't uncommon items of clothing in New Zealand.
According to APN, a police spokesperson said that "because onesies were not an uncommon item of clothing... the offender was 'probably not intending to look like the beef they were stealing.'"
The offender allegedly hopped in a red car with two accomplices and fled the scene. No one caught the plate number, so the suspects are still out there.
As funny as it is to imagine a guy in a cow suit grilling up a porterhouse steak, meat thieves have been known to steal choice cuts for resale.
At least the New Zealand suspect dressed for the occasion. In July, a Louisiana man was arrested after gracelessly stuffing steaks in his pants and attacking a grocery store employee, according to police.
(From Huffington Post)
Epic fail or strange success? When it comes to a recent (and bizarre) alleged bank robbery, it all depends on whom you ask.
Clackamas County sheriff's deputies, for example, might be more inclined to classify Timothy Dean Alsip's alleged robbery attempt last Friday a failure. Alsip's arrest at a Bank of America branch outside Portland, Ore, was especially easy because the suspect remained at the scene of the crime, according to CBS Seattle.
Speaking with members of the media, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office spokesman Deputy Mark Nikolai described the strange chain of events, beginning a little after 10 a.m. on Aug. 23.
"[Alsip] handed over a note saying, 'This is a hold up. Give me a dollar,'" Nikolai said of the events inside the bank, according to local media reports.
Rather than flee with his ill-gotten bill, however, Alsip reportedly took a seat in the lobby and quietly waited for police to arrest him, according to CBS Seattle.
Originally charged with both second-degree robbery and third-degree theft, Alsip saw his robbery charge dismissed, according to the Sheriff's Office website. Alsip remains in jail, having failed to pay a $40,000 bail on the theft charge.
According to The Oregonian, Alsip told officers he had "robbed" the bank in order to receive medical care in jail. Although he had no previous criminal record, Alsip had apparently been acting strangely in the days before the robbery. The 50-year-old homeless man asked random people for help and even called 911 on himself to "complain of various imaginary problems," reported The Oregonian.
Whether or not Alsip's health problems are legitimate, his plan to seek jailhouse healthcare may have been inspired by a similar robbery in North Carolina two years ago. At the time, James Verone told reporters that he asked the teller at a Gastonia, N.C., bank for $1 in an effort to get himself arrested, according to Mother Jones. The 59-year-old reportedly hoped to stay in jail just long enough to get free medical care for a host of conditions and then qualify for Social Security when he got out.
(Hat tip, MSN) (From Huffington Post)