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If one person can’t carry the safe, nobody would say you made a poor choice in going with that one.  Still, The Juice is quite confident these folks will be going with a much bigger safe this time. As reported by nj.com:

Bridgewater police are investigating the burglary of an Ardmaer Drive home that occurred on July 12.

And as you know, it wasn’t just any old burglary.

According to Bridgewater Police Lt. Timothy Hoey, burglars stole cash, jewelry and a “significantly sized” safe with “substantial weight.” Hoey said the safe was so large that one person alone could not have removed it. Hoey said he could not confirm what was in the safe or the value of the items that were taken.

It would really be a hoot if, after hauling the safe and whatever the perps have to go through to open it, there wasn’t jack inside. Here’s the source.

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Even if you like sweet and sour sauce, ain’t no way you like it as much as this Washington State man. As reported by The Highline Times:

A man entered a fast food restaurant at the 14800 block of 4th Ave. S.W. asking for some condiments. The clerk told him no. That angered him so he pulled out a knife and demanded they hand over some sweet and sour sauce. There were no reported injuries and it was unclear if they had the suspect in custody.

Clearly a head-scratcher.

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What lengths would you go to in order to avoid a speeding ticket? Ladies, would you fire up the waterworks? Gents, would you throw yourself on the mercy of the officer? You won’t believe what this guy did. As reported by WFTV.com:

A man is accused of calling 911 to say that a murder was about to take place, but West Melbourne authorities said the caller was just trying to get out of a traffic stop.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Police said that Julius Lupowitz called 911 to report a murder in hopes that the officer who stopped him would respond to the priority call on Wingate Boulevard rather than write him a citation.

Lupowitz is heard in the call saying there was a man with a gun and that someone was going to get shot and then the call is disconnected.

“I see there’s a murder that’s going to happen, I swear, on Wingate, on Wingate. No, Wingate and Wickham. No, on Wingate and Hollywood, Wingate and Hollywood,” the man said in the call to 911. “I swear there’s going to be a murder any second. I swear there’s a man with a gun.  Please, I just called, it’s Wingate and Hollywood.”

The 911 operator received a second call from the same man, telling the same story. As the operator probed the caller for more information, he again disconnected the line.

But this lead-footed criminal genius was no match for the 911 dispatcher.

A quick-thinking Brevard County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher did a search for prior incidents associated with the telephone number the 911 calls came from to find the phone belonged to Lupowitz. West Melbourne Police Officer Ted Salem was on the traffic stop when the 911 calls were received.

As he attempted to quickly end the stop to respond to the priority call, he overheard the dispatcher relay over the air that Lupowitz was the telephone owner.

“When she broadcast that information, our officer was standing at the door of Mr. Lupowitz’ vehicle and realized it was the same person making the 911 calls,” said Richard Cordeau, with the West Melbourne Police Department.

Toast.

Police said Lupowitz would have only received a $209 speeding fine, but now, he faces a third-degree felony charge for misuse of the 911 system and he still received the citation. Police said that charge could land him in jail for up to five years if convicted.

Lupowitz was arrested later at his home without incident, police said.

“This incident needlessly tied up a critical component of public safety. The 911 system is intended for people who truly need help. In addition, these false calls created an unnecessary delay in our officers’ ability to respond to true emergencies,” said Lt. Cordeau of the West Melbourne Police Department.

He was turned over to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and given a $2,000 bail amount.

You’ll find the source, and a mug shot, if you click here.

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Door are similar in that they all lead somewhere. On a plane, though, where they lead is kind of important – the bathroom, or, as reported at theindependent.ie …

Tomasz Mucha (26) had never been on a plane before and drank vodka and beer to steady his nerves before attempting to open the back door of the Ryanair aircraft.

Yeah, unless you’re on the ground, that door is not your average door. But fortunately …

Dublin District Court heard he did not manage to get the door open due to the air pressure.

Whew. Still, the Judge must have thrown the book at this gent.

Judge James Faughnan fined him €200 after the accused said he realised how serious the situation could have been.

And that was after “Mucha … pleaded guilty to being intoxicated on an aircraft and using threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour.” Had that happened in the United States, do you think the guy would have been hit with only a 200 euro fine ($270 US)?  You’ll find the source, and more, by clicking here.

 

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There are bad apples in every profession. Yes, there are even bad park rangers, but probably very few that are this bad. In fact, I’ll bet this guy isn’t even a park ranger! Per The San Francisco Chronicle:

Marin County authorities are warning hikers to beware of a man claiming to be a park ranger who in the past month has kicked dogs, taken photos of women with a cell phone and given out false information about dog rules.

The man twice misrepresented himself as a ranger for the Marin County Open Space District, according to county officials. Both incidents happened on a fire road in the Blithedale Summit Open Space Preserve between Mill Valley and Corte Madera.

The man – described as white, “very fit” and in his 40s – identified himself as “Dave Stevenson” from “the department,” but he is not employed by the district, officials said. He is between 5-foot-10 and 6 feet tall, has short salt-and-pepper hair and in both incidents was wearing black and silver biking clothing. He had a black mountain bike with him in both incidents.

Marin Open Space rangers always wear uniforms.

And they never kick dogs! Click here for the source.

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This guy could not have made it any easier for the police to bust him for driving while intoxicated. As reported by  The Hunterdon County Democrat (New Jersey):

The incident happened on Friday, July 18, just before midnight on Route 31 north near Echo Lane. Patrolman John Tiger saw a 2013 Ford Mustang stopped on the northbound shoulder with its hazard lights activated. Upon approaching the car, Tiger saw Rafael Genao, 35, of Washington sleeping in the driver’s seat while the engine was running, police said.

Genao’s right hand was on the gear shifter, the car was in neutral, and the emergency brake was on. When the officer woke Genao, Genao de-activated the emergency brake and the car rolled backward, hitting Tiger’s patrol vehicle, police said. After several attempts, Tiger was able to get Genao to park his vehicle, turn it off and hand over the keys, police said.

Um. Er. Uh. Well … sorry? Fuhgeddaboutit.

Tiger detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on Genao’s breath, determined that he was intoxicated and arrested him. At headquarters, Genao refused to provide samples of his breath for chemical testing to determine the content of alcohol in his blood, police said.

So …

Tiger charged him with driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to a breath test and careless driving. His vehicle was towed from the scene and he was released to the custody of a responsible adult.

You’ll find the source here.

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If you live in Britain, you have to know that cameras are everywhere.  And yes, that includes elevators too. And seriously, you couldn’t wait another minute or two? Per The Daily Post:

A man who defecated in a lift is being hunted by police as part of a crackdown on “shameless” passengers who use North Wales train stations as toilets.

Yes, you read that right. And the CCTV video can be found at the link at the end of this post.

Officers with British Transport Police have released CCTV images of a person they would like to speak to in connection with the incident at Prestatyn station on Friday, June 13. Human excrement was found in the lift when station staff turned up for work the following morning.

The force has urged those who urinate and defecate at stations to “clean up their act” or face the consequences, and will send officers out onto the region’s stations and trains to tackle the “revolting” problem over the coming weeks.

Sergeant Tony Stamp of British Transport Police said: “In recent months, we have seen an increase in incidents of anti-social behaviour, particularly people urinating and defecating on station premises.

“This is very much about standards of behaviour and is often influenced by alcohol consumption.

No! Alcohol? Shocking.  So what happens if the miscreants are caught?

“Anyone committing such an offence could be banned from travelling on the rail network and will receive a criminal record, which may affect their employment.”

The Juice would suggest some community service too – cleaning up feces and urine of course. Here’s the source, with the video.

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No doubt this gent would rather have his ear back. Unfortunately, that is not an option.  As reported by the Belleville News-Democrat (Illinois):

Roger W. Harris, 21, alleged in a federal lawsuit that guards at the jail should have done more to protect him from other inmates. On May 11, 2012, inmate Teryun D. Jackson bit off Harris’ ear and another inmate, Marlon K. Jackson, flushed the ear down a toilet.

Ouch! What was the end result?

[Harris] received a $7,500 settlement from the county.

… The county admits no wrongdoing in the settlement, which was approved June 25. The News-Democrat received a copy of the settlement through a request under the state’s Freedom of Information Act.
Harris is serving his prison sentence at Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro. He is eligible for parole in October.

You’ll find the source, and a fair amount more of the story, here.

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You list a car on Craigslist, and get a check for almost twice the asking price. Are you suspicious? You should be. This scam has been around for a long time. As reported by The Times and Democrat (Orangeburg, South Carolina):

The victim said Thursday she listed her vehicle [on CraigsList] back in December. She said she was contacted online and via cell phone.

On Dec. 5, she received a check from someone in Cleveland for $2,200 for the vehicle. She was only asking $1,200, the report said.

HUGE RED FLAG!

The victim said she was instructed to deposit the check and then send the buyer $1,000 of it to pay for the towing, the incident report said.

Don’t do it! It’s a …

She said she sent $1,000 through Western Union to a woman in California on Dec. 16.

… scam!

The callers are still trying to scam her for more towing expenses, the victim said.

And why wouldn’t they? That’s what they do.

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Chuck E. Cheese provides all kinds of services – food, entertainment, birthday parties. What they don’t do, though, is babysit. Per The Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina):

A woman on Friday dropped four children off at a West Ashley Chuck E. Cheese while she went shopping for an hour and a half, Charleston police alleged in a report.

Meriana Sanusi Martin, 47, of Wildwood Lane in Beaufort, is charged with four counts of cruelty to children in connection with the incident, the report said.

If you’re wondering how someone does that, here’s how.

An employee told investigators that a woman arrived with four children around 2 p.m., but she walked out of the restaurant alone shortly afterward. The children were ages 9, 6, 4 and 4, police said.

An employee asked the woman if she was leaving. She replied saying she would be right back, according to the report.

Uh-huh.  “Right back.”

She didn’t return, however, until an officer called her from the restaurant, police said.

The oldest child told investigators the woman left them at the restaurant while she went shopping at Costco, the report said. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while at the restaurant, according to the business’ policy.

What’s she looking at?

Martin faces up to 30 days in jail or fines up to $200 on each cruelty charge.

You’ll find the source, including a photo of the shopper, er perp, here.