Burglar rescued by firemen after getting stuck in a window for six hours
Tight fit: The burglar makes hard work of his break and (non) entry
Perhaps he had put on a few pounds since the last time he went, er, window shopping.
For when this hapless burglar tried to break into a house at 2am yesterday, he found himself in a bit of a tight spot.
After attempting to slip in through an unlocked window under the cover of darkness, the thief found himself stuck fast in the tiny frame measuring just 12in by 8in.
Officer, I can explain...: Firemen help to free a burglar who became stuck in the window of a house in Bow, east London
Unable to wriggle out of it, the crook was left with his bottom and legs dangling outside the ground floor window for almost six hours until he was discovered by the astonished owner of the house as he came downstairs for breakfast.
Police, ambulance and fire crews were called to the address in Bow, east London after the homeowner reported the intruder's sticky predicament at 7.30am.
Two fire engines attended and ten firefighters worked to free him using a ladder to support the man's legs as bolt-cutters sliced through the window frame.
Amused by the spectacle, neighbours gathered to watch.
One resident said: 'It was hilarious. All of the neighbours came outside to take a look at his legs and backside sticking out of the window.
'He must have felt a right idiot. Most people wanted him to be left there. There is one neighbour who is a surgeon, and he told the emergency services he'd be able to get the burglar out without damaging the window.
'But they politely declined, saying they would rather get him out in one piece.'
After 30 minutes, the man was finally freed although he lost his tracksuit top in the process.
He was later led handcuffed and topless to a waiting ambulance.
After briefly being checked by paramedics, the man described as white and thin - although evidently not thin enough — was given the all-clear and taken away in a police van.
A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police said: 'At 7.30am we were called to reports of a male found stuck in a downstairs window at a house in Tomlins Grove, Bow.'
'It appears the resident had come down and found the man. He was stuck half in, half out.
'The man was eventually freed by London Fire Brigade who apparently removed the window frame.
'The man was left sore but otherwise uninjured. He did not require hospital treatment.
Scotland Yard said that unemployed Paul Joseph Keenan, 36, of Rounton Road, Bow, had been charged with burglary. He will appear before Thames Magistrates' Court today.
I've got a gum: toothless bank robber Li Han A robber in China has been arrested after he tried to rob a Beijing bank so that he could afford a new set of teeth.
Unfortunately for 43-year-old Li Han is so well known to local police that when bank staff described his toothless appearance, they solved case in record time.
'He has a a very distinctive appearance and has trouble making himself understood when he speaks," said one officer, who added that Han now faces 15 years in jail for armed robbery. His lack of teeth means that his lisps all the time so nobody knows what he's saying. He had to tell the cashier what he wanted four or five times before she understood,' the officer added.
I should have put the disguise on first? Police in Michigan are hunting a man who committed an armed robbery at a convenience store while wearing a Darth Vader mask.
The Sith lord struck in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale, Michigan, where he entered the Get & Go store on Monday afternoon and pulled out a butcher's knife, demanding all the money in the cash register. 'I guess he didn't have a light saber with him,' Ferndale Police Lieutenant William Wilson said to local newspaper the Daily Tribune of Royal Oak. The store's clerk complied with the wishes of the most evil man in the galaxy, and handed over the money, after which he fled.
But Lt. Wilson told The Daily Tribune that Mr. Vader made a 'significant mistake' during his otherwise flawless criminal plan - he only put on the mask after he'd already been filmed by the store's surveillance cameras. Police described the suspect as a white male with dark hair and a goatee, who was wearing a blue V-neck sweater with a gray T-shirt and dark trousers, rather than the normal flowing black cape and armour.
Crushed crook: Man almost killed when his rubbish truck hideaway starts to compact him
24th September 2010
When police were called out to a robbery at their local Wal-Mart , the suspected thief appeared to vanish into thin air. For about 40 minutes on Wednesday morning, officers in Alliance, Ohio searched the area for a suspect who was accused of trying to sneak about $1,000 worth of merchandise out of the superstore's side door. Then the police got a call from an man claiming to be his friend.
Alliance Police Lt. William Morris told Fox 8 News that the caller told police that his friend, James Brienzo, 37, had used his mobile phone to get help. He was 'hiding in a dumpster behind a Wal-Mart in Alliance and he was hiding from police and it was just picked up and dumped in a trash truck and they were mobile and he needed help.' Emergency operators also took a 911 call from a frantic Brienzo, begging them to find the truck. 'I'm in the back of a trash truck that keeps compacting me!' Brienzo said as dispatchers urged him to calm down.
Police say Brienzo was literally being compacted along with between six and eight tons of rubbish mostly discarded cardboard. As Stark County Emergency Management officials used the signal from Brienzo's mobile phone to locate where he was, police were frantically searching Alliance for the truck. During a 16-minute conversation, Brienzo told dispatchers he thought he was dying. 'I'm dying man,' he said, complaining his bones were being crushed, saying he knew he wouldn't walk again and screaming at the top of his lungs each time the truck driver picked up another load and compacted what was in the truck. He is heard telling dispatchers at one point that he didn't care what happened to him, he just wanted to live.
Officer Anthony Palozzi was the first to locate the truck near a recycling plant in Alliance, and said the driver was startled when he told him there could be a man in the back. Palozzi said he jumped inside the truck and tried digging through the cardboard to find Brienzo. 'When we first got in the truck we had no idea where he was. All we could hear was his voice. Eventually he could stick his hand out through some cardboard and that's where we started digging to get him free' Palozzi told Fox 8 News. Lt. Morris arrived shortly thereafter. "We tried freeing him from where he was and realized we couldn't, we just couldn't do it, and he was in a lot of pain and asked that we just dumped the truck," Morris said.
Because the truck was only about 300 yards away from the Alliance recycling plant officers escorted it there, even though it was not the driver's planned destination. The back of the truck was opened and its contents emptied on the lot. Brienzo was found in a massive pile of rubbish toward the front of the truck. Officers still had to dig through the mountain of cardboard to get him out as workers at the plant nervously watched. 'He was in pretty bad shape when the got him out, he didn't look too good,' Noel Hatfield told reporters. 'To be honest with you, I figured he was almost dead because that packs so tight in there,' said Mike Hatfield.
Lt. Morris said they still had trouble digging Brienzo's legs out of the pile as he appeared to be slipping in and out of consciousness. Brienzo was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Canton, then later flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Alliance police showed Fox 8 his record which filled out 26 pages, including a previous arrest at the same Wal Mart. Lt. Morris said the truck was just leaving Alliance when they stopped it, heading toward a recycling center in Warren, and he does not believe Brienzo would have survived. 'There's no way he would have survived that trip,' Lt. Morris said. 'He was in a bad situation as it was... I think we found him just in time.'
Police arrest passenger who boarded plane in Hong Kong as an old man in flat cap and arrived in Canada a young Asian refugee
5th November 2010
It reads like a plotline from the hi-tech Mission: Impossible spy films. However, the suspicions of eagle-eyed staff as he was boarding were aroused by his strangely youthful hands. And when the old man didn't disembark the flight at Canada's Vancouver airport, police swooped and discovered an astonishing plot.
In what Canadian authorities are describing as an 'unbelievable case of concealment', it transpires that the young man had boarded the plane in elaborate disguise with a silicone face and neck mask - and switched identities in the plane toilet in mid-air. An intelligence alert released by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) stated: 'Information was received from Air Canada Corporate Security regarding a possible imposter on a flight originating from Hong Kong. The passenger in question was observed at the beginning of the flight to be an elderly Caucasian male who appeared to have young looking hands. During the flight the subject attended the washroom and emerged an Asian-looking male that appeared to be in his early 20s.'
On landing, the passenger was escorted off the plane by Border Services Officers, who he then asked for refugee status. The passenger, who isn't being named due to privacy laws in Canada, initially denied the incident, claiming he had only the one bag he was carrying. But when the authorities confronted him with two more bags, one of which contained the peeled-off silicone face and neck mask, he capitulated.
The alert stated: 'One bag contained the subject's personal clothing items while the second contained a pair of gloves. The third contained a disguise kit which consisted of a silicone type head and neck mask of an elderly Caucasian male, a brown leather cap, glasses and a thin brown cardigan.' The authorities then requested the passenger put the disguise back on so they could confirm their suspicions, and noted that he even mimicked the movements of an elderly person for them.
Almost a great criminal, but forgetting the hands? Tsk tsk. Crrrrrap!
Blundering Petrol Bomber Hit By His Own Fireball
Sky News Online
December 09, 2010
A man who tried to petrol bomb a pub - but ended up injuring himself in the process - has been jailed for eight years. Amir Ali, 28, and an accomplice were caught on CCTV trying to lob the home-made grenade through the window of the Imperial Pub, in Crawley, Sussex.
The footage shows Ali smashing the window with two bricks and his accomplice throwing the bomb. But the plan drastically backfires when the exploding Molotov cocktail strikes Ali in the head. The pair then attempt to flee - but dazed Ali runs straight into a lamppost.
The incident, in the early hours of May 28, 2008, left Ali needing medical treatment. It was after he admitted himself to a walk-in medical centre that police were able to link him to the attack. Detective Constable Craig Allan said: "This was a prolonged and difficult investigation during which the defendant consistently denied being responsible. However, gradually we were able to piece it all together and today's sentence reflects the seriousness with which the courts take this kind of behaviour."
The other man involved in the attack has never been traced.
Hit-and-run driver arrested after leaving false teeth at scene of the crime
5th February 2011
A man has been arrested over a hit-and-run crash after his false teeth were found at the scene of the crime. The 53-year-old, who was named by police as James Brown, has been accused of crashing a stolen truck into two cars in Sacramento, California. The suspect escaped on foot after the accident yesterday, leaving behind his dentures which had been knocked out when the vehicle's airbag hit his face. Police later found them on the floor of the truck, which also damaged fences belonging to two homes in the 24th Street and John Still Drive neighbourhood.
Brown was found by police on the 7700 block of 24th Street, after witnesses described how a man fitting his description had fled the scene bloody and injured from the crash. Officers arrested him for possession of a stolen car and hit-and-run charges. Though he had initially identified himself as James Hackett, the false teeth enabled police to do a record check which revealed that there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Washington D.C. They later discovered that the Hackett name is just one of 15 aliases used by Brown. He has also been charged with giving false identification.
Brown is now being held at the Sacramento County Main Jail after he was denied bail.
There's a whole tooth pun lurking in here... but I'm not going digging for it!
Murderer tells jury he'd like to kill them
25 March 2011
A man convicted of first-degree murder told Jefferson Parish jurors deliberating his fate, "If I had an AK-47, I'd kill every last one of y'all with no remorse". Isaiah Doyle made the comments today after taking the stand during the penalty phase of his murder trial. The same jury that is weighing Doyle's fate yesterday convicted him of first-degree murder in the 2005 shooting death of a Marrero convenience store clerk.
If the jury hands Doyle the death penalty, it would be the first capital murder case in six years. Attorneys for Doyle are trying to convince the jury that his life deserves to be spared because they say he is mentally retarded. However, prosecutors told the jury that Doyle was not mentally incapacitated at the time of the crime. "Isaiah Doyle is not insane," prosecutor Vince Paciera told the jury during closing arguments of the murder trail. "Isaiah Doyle knew right from wrong. Isaiah Doyle is exactly where he is supposed to be -- on trial for first degree murder."
During the penalty phase of the trial, prosecutors also put the female victim of another Doyle robbery on the stand. The appearance by that victim, robbed by Doyle three weeks before the killing, prompted an angry outburst from Doyle. Courtroom deputies had to restrain the convicted murderer. Later, on the witness stand, Doyle told the jury what he had told the robbery victim following her testimony. Doyle testified that he told the victim, "I should have blown your fucking brains out."
Asked whether he had any remorse about murdering Hwa Lee, Doyle told jurors, "I have no conscience. When I go to sleep at night, I don't even think about it." A sister of the murder victim also testified about how the loss of Lee has devastated her family.
Every day I like to pop into the website "Tampa Bay Mugshots" and I can find a wacky hairstyle almost every single time. The people that live in this state are incredibly wacky, weird, and some are downright dangerous.
Man forgets drugs are in car trunk, opens it for police
June 7, 2011
daytondailynews.com (Ohio, USA)
Officers observed what they believed to be a drug transaction between an out of state driver and a male pedestrian in an alley off of Volkenand Avenue Monday afternoon, June 6. The car took off, but officers followed the male, a Frederick Broyles Jr., and confronted him at his house. He claimed he just bought a pack of cigarettes off of the male in the car, but when a search of the house turned up a suitcase full of ammunition, he admitted he owned a gun even though he has a previous felony conviction.
He told police that the gun was probably in the trunk of his car. When he opened the trunk, officers saw a clear plastic bag with a large chunk of crack cocaine sitting in the middle of the trunk floor. Broyles was placed in handcuffs at which time he told police that he had lost the bag of crack and had been wondering where it went. He said he must have dropped it in the trunk when he was moving the gun the night before. He said the gun must be in his backpack, which was inside a relatives car trunk. When a relative opened the trunk for police, they found a backpack full of more than a pound of marijuana, two unloaded guns, some heroin and more than $2,600 in cash.
The marijuana weighed 608.9 grams. The heroin weighed 1 gram and the chunk of crack cocaine turned out to be 4.1 grams. Broyles was taken to Montgomery County Jail and faces possible felony charges for drug possession and having a weapon under disability.
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