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I think it’s fair to say that virtually every kid on earth is told not to play with fire. Many kids ignore it, and manage to escape unscathed. Such was not the case for an 11-year-old boy in Sweden. He was 9 on that fateful day. Per The Local (Sweden):

An 11-year-old boy has been ordered to pay 1.9 million kronor (US $276,000) in damages after causing smoke and water damage to a Stockholm home, the Aftonbladet newspaper writes.

The boy, who was nine at the time, was visiting another family in the suburb in southern Stockholm when he got hold of a cigarette lighter and proceeded to set light to some paper in a wardrobe with devastating consequences.

The insurance company agreed to meet the costs incurred by the family for the damages to their home – 1.9 million kronor – and then proceeded to sue the boy in court.

Well that should make for some really good public relations …

The court has now ruled that the boy is responsible for his actions – the debt can not be claimed from the other members of his family.

“According to Swedish law children can be liable for damages to the same extent as adults,” said Mårten Schultz, an expert in liability law, told the newspaper. “The debt is the child’s, it is the boy that has to pay up,” he confirmed.

Are they going to garnish his allowance?

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Of course watchdogs guard and watch over your property. But have you ever heard of a watchcat? Well, you have now. As reported by The Review (East Liverpool, Ohio):

The husband of Rosemary Stover, Tomahawk Drive, Negley, reported his cat was acting strangely upon entering the house so he used a spotlight to check the garden and driveway, where he saw a young man standing by his van, wearing all black. The man ran down the driveway and east on Tomahawk Drive. Her husband chased the man but did not locate him. Entry was not made to the van. Deputies also did not locate him.

Give that cat some treats. Oh, and how about changing the litter too?

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You’ve probably never burgled before. But if you did, don’t you think you’d be a little nervous? Not this lady. She was as cool as a cucumber, as reported by wdrb.com (Louisville, Kentucky)

Police say a Florence, Ky., woman was so comfortable burglarizing homes that she even stopped to take a shower during one of her crimes.

Virginia McFadden, age 31, is charged with nine counts of burglary after police say she broke into residences on Sherwood Avenue, Everett Avenue, Highland Avenue, Glenmary Avenue and Murray Avenue.

A shower! How was this clean, cool burglar busted?

Police say McFadden was caught on surveillance video trying to use one of her victims’ gift cards at WalMart.

Doh!

She was arrested Thursday afternoon after police say she confessed to the burglaries.

Here’s the source, including a mug shot.

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A long con is usually intricate and takes a long time to set up. This didn’t take long to set up, but man was it long! It went on from the late 1980s until 2013! At a law firm! As reported by The Beacon-News:

Four people, including two sisters and a North Aurora man, were indicted Friday for embezzling $7 million since the late 1980s from a Chicago law firm, prosecutors claim.

7 million clams! The players?

Oak Brook residents Patricia Lapinski, 66, and Deborah Acuna, 61, each face one felony count of theft exceeding $1 million, according to a statement from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors said two others came in on the scheme later: 62-year-old James Bauer of North Aurora; and 57-year-old David Leisen of Frankfort. They are each charged with one felony count of property theft.

The scheme?

Lapinski was office manager at the Vedder Price law firm in Chicago, where she was responsible for choosing vendors to supply goods and services to the firm.

In the late 1980s, Lapinski and Acuna created a company called DAS Designs to supply services to the law firm, prosecutors say. Acuna helped control the DAS bank account and served as the president, and Lapinski allegedly used a fake name as a signatory.

The sisters would profit by using DAS to sell furniture to the firm, prosecutors said.

Vedder Price paid millions to DAS throughout the 1990s, which was made easier through Lapinski’s position at the firm. In 2002, Lapinski shifted orders to a different company, but continued to bill Vedder Price for services DAS was no longer providing, prosecutors said.

A bulk of the profits were made between 2002 and 2013, when Vedder Price paid about $6.4 million to DAS, prosecutors said.

The profits were used by the sisters for personal purchases, including “lavish homes, numerous vacations and other amenities,” prosecutors said.

In 2011, Lapinski contacted Bauer and Leisen, who were longtime vendors of the law firm. The men agreed to use their companies to pilfer even more money from Vedder Price by using fake invoices for supplies and labor, prosecutors claim.

Bauer and Leisen were paid a total $950,000 for services they never provided, prosecutors allege.

Lapinski! (Imagine Jerry saying “Newman!”)

The law firm discovered the scheme in early 2013.

All four defendants were indicted Friday in Chicago. All four are free on bond, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office.

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If you have ever doubted the highly addictive nature of crack, this body cavity smuggling story will disabuse of that notion. As reported by The Gainesville Sun:

A Gainesville woman is facing multiple drug charges after being arrested initially for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and then, authorities say, trying to smuggle into the jail two crack pipes — one still loaded with crack — in a most uncomfortable fashion.

Let’s take it from the top.

Cynthia M. Scholes, 41, of 328 SW 34th St., Apt. 29, was a passenger in a car stopped just before midnight Wednesday in the 100 block of Williston Road for speeding, police reported.

Okay, a routine speeding stop …

After the driver consented to a search of the vehicle, police reported finding a cigar wrapper containing about 3 grams of marijuana in the passenger seat where Scholes was sitting. A further search of her purse revealed a crack pipe, police said.

So, not so routine after all.

As she was being taken to jail, Scholes was asked three times, police said, whether she had additional drugs in her possession, which she denied.

Define “possession.”

But as Scholes passed through an X-ray machine during booking, possible contraband was detected concealed within her vagina, according to the arrest report.

Yikes. Time to draw straws for the actual search.

A follow-up search by a female deputy uncovered two crack pipes, one containing about 0.01 grams of crack cocaine. Police later said the pipes were found in the general area of Scholes’ groin.

In addition to the earlier misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, Scholes then was charged with felony counts of cocaine possession and smuggling contraband into the jail.

Click here for the source, including a mug shot.

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Regular Juice readers know that the cops are going to look everywhere, even there, and other areas in the vicinity! As reported in Off the Beat with Will Greenlee at tcpalm.com:

A deputy stopped the man after suspecting the window tint on his Mercury was illegal. The driver identified himself as Kevin Holloway, but the deputy determined that was bogus. The man said he lied because his license was “no good.”

The deputy confirmed his true name was Henry Chambliss, who along with having a “no good” license had a warrant for violation of probation.

Uh-oh.

Chambliss’ situation didn’t improve when the deputy found crack rocks in the car and a modified soda can that appeared to be used for smoking crack.

Chambliss, 37, said the apparent crack pipe “was most likely his wife’s.”

Really? Your wife’s? Not cool. And then …

“I explained to Mr. Chambliss that the jail would X ray him and if he had anything hidden on his person, they would find it,” the report states.

That’s when Chambliss reported there was “a baggie in his butt crack that contained drugs.”

A plastic bag with crack was extracted from Chambliss’ crack.

Yikes!

Chambliss was arrested on charges including violation of probation, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, giving false name while detained and driving while license habitually suspended.

You’ll find the source, including a mug shot, here.

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If you’ve watched any TV, you would know that only serial killers return to the scene of the crime. In this case, returning to the scene of the crime isn’t the issue. This dude never left! As reported in The Brooklyn Paper’s police blotter (88th Precinct – Fort Greene–Clinton Hill):

Authorities arrested a 34-year-old who they say stole beer from a Classon Avenue deli after threatening the clerk with a gun wrapped in a purple bandana on June 12.

You already have more than an inkling as to how this gent was caught.

The deli worker told cops he was in the store between Putnam and Gates avenues at 7:45 am when the accused came in and placed the festively adorned weapon on the counter. The suspect then ambled over to the refrigerator, grabbed three beers, and left without paying, according to a police report.

Cops responded to a call from the clerk and found the accused outside the store, the report says. Police arrested the fellow after they searched him and found a stolen Beretta from Saint Louis, Missouri wrapped in a bandana tucked into his front pocket, according to officials.

He never left!

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Better they should both be involved in one accident, versus each of them slamming into an innocent driver. As reported by wnyt.com:

Police say two people were drunk when they crashed into each other early Sunday morning.

Yikes.

Officers say Laura Stefanik, 25, was making a three point turn in her SUV when she was hit by Ramel Alexander, 31, who was riding his motorcycle.

Alexander flew over Stefaink’s car and landed in the street.

Both were treated and released at Albany Medical Center.

They now face DWI and other related charges.

What are the odds? Here’s the source.

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Obviously there’s no law against looking suspicious. There is, however, a law against stealing cars. Per The Belleville News-Democrat (Illinois):

O’Fallon police have arrested three suspects in relation to a string of car burglaries.

Caught in the act? Not exactly.

According to police, officers got a call in the early morning hours Friday about three suspicious men walking in the 200 block of Chamberlain’s Crossing.

At least one of the suspects was seen looking into a car, prompting a resident to call the police department.

Uh-huh. So how’d they get caught?

Several officers responded to the area; when they found the men, they had possessions from at least two vehicles that had been burglarized.

Charged were filed against Demontee D. Townshend, 22, and Troy J. Moreno, 18, both of O’Fallon.

Townshend was charged with two counts of burglary, Class 2 felonies, and a Class A misdemeanor count of unlawful use of a weapon. Moreno was charged with one Class 2 felony count of burglary.

Both men are in custody at the St. Clair County Jail on $40,000 bail each.

Police said the third suspect, who was not named, has not been charged pending further investigation.

You were carrying around the fruits of your crimes? While you were apparently scouting out another vehicle? Doh! Those are some convictions on a silver platter. Here’s the source.

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None of this would have happened if the gent had only been wearing his seat belt! Anyway, check out where the gent was hiding the weed, as reported by baynews9.com:

It was about 3:35 p.m. on Friday when a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office deputy positioned along State Road 415, in Osteen, spotted a car go by and noticed the passenger — a rather large man — wasn’t wearing his seat belt.

Brilliant!

When he stopped the vehicle, the deputy immediately noticed that both the driver and passenger were nervous. And he also noticed that the passenger still wasn’t wearing his seat belt. At about 450 pounds, the passenger — Christopher Mitchell, 42 — said he was simply too large to wear the belt.

Due to growing suspicions, a Sheriff’s Office drug-detecting K-9 was brought to the scene. The dog quickly alerted deputies to the presence of drugs. The resulting investigation turned up cocaine, 23 grams of marijuana hidden under Mitchell’s stomach fat, a .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun and more than $7,000 in cash stuffed into a tube sock. The deputies also noticed something else: The vehicle’s trunk and interior were sprinkled with carper freshener and scented dryer sheets, a common tactic used to conceal the odor of drugs when they’re being transported.

Under his stomach fat! Admit it. You did not see that one coming. Here’s the source, which has their mugs shots.