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Weird National Briefs - 11/05/14

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Rocky Mountain Heist

DENVER - A Denver radio station that sponsored a heavy-metal Halloween ball is pleading for the return of a bust of John Denver that went missing during the party.

Someone at KBPI-FM's Saints and Sinners ball Tuesday night pried the bronze bust off its base at the 1st Bank Center in the Denver suburb of Broomfield. The station is asking whoever took the bust to return it undamaged to its studios, no questions asked.

The statue belongs to the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. It was donated by Denver's family when he became its first inductee in 2011. Director G. Brown says concertgoers often pose with the bust or pat it on the head as they pass by.

Police said they had no leads as of Thursday.

TME Stealing John Denver's head might be the most metal thing ever.

Stache celebration

ST. LOUIS- There are halls of fame for everything from baseball to rock `n' roll, so why shouldn't those with a hairy upper lip get their just rewards?

The tongue-in-cheek American Mustache Institute says it will unveil its inaugural class for the International Mustache Hall of Fame on Feb. 11 - the birthday of Burt Reynolds.

The Mustache Hall of Fame will be a virtual-only effort initially, but AMI says it is searching for a physical location.

Nominations for the inaugural class are being accepted through Nov. 30 at MustacheHall.com.

TME We hope the museum doesn't feature rides it could lead to some awkwardness.

Mom-to-be mischief

ATLANTA- Atlanta police are trying to foil a robbery suspect described as pregnant and wearing a large, red cape.

Police say the woman is a suspect in at least four armed robberies in recent weeks.

The clerk at a Walgreens store told police the woman said she had a gun and took about $200 from the register before escaping in a gold Nissan Maxima on Oct. 6. The clerk described her as being 'very pregnant' and wearing the cape.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that descriptions of the woman in other robberies vary.

In the most recent case - the robbery of a Big Brother Grocery - she is described as being pregnant and wearing a red shawl.

Police said they believe the same woman might have committed all four robberies.

TME Or maybe it's a gang of cape-wearing pregnant scofflaws!

Best friend betrayal

PRATTVILLE, Ala.- Police in central Alabama say a man's own dog helped officers bust him on a drug charge.

Prattville Police spokeswoman Paula Barlow says the pooch named Bo followed his fleeing master, who was being pursued by officers. When the dog stopped and wagged his tail in tall grass, she says, officers found and arrested Edwin Henderson.

Barlow says the chase began when two drug officers arrived Wednesday with a search warrant and Henderson took off running.

After an investigator pointed at Henderson and told the dog 'go get him,' that's what Bo did.

Barlow says Henderson is charged with failure to obey police, manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. It's unclear if he has an attorney, and there's no word on who's taking care of Bo.

TME Who knew a dog could also be a rat?

Teletubby trespass

BETHLEHEM, Pa.- A student accused of breaking into a friend's Pennsylvania home while wearing a yellow Teletubby costume and stealing leftover food is facing charges.

Police say the Lehigh University student was dressed as the Laa-Laa character from the BBC children's series when he damaged a door early Sunday in Bethlehem. They say he went into the friend's refrigerator and dumped Chinese food into a 'man purse' before leaving.

No charges were filed initially. But police Chief Mark DiLuzio tells Easton's The Express-Times newspaper the home's occupants apparently changed their minds after the landlord became involved.

DiLuzio says a disorderly conduct and criminal mischief summons will be sent to the 20-year-old suspect - and the unusual nature of the case isn't lost on him.

He says: 'Not that many Teletubbies get arrested. You can't make it up.'

TME Oh, Laa-Laa we expect it from Tinky Winky, but you're better than this.

If it's yellow

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Police in Albuquerque say a man suspected of a $250,000 heist should have flushed the evidence he left behind.

KOAT-TV reports investigators tied Ramon Herrera to the September burglary using DNA left on a toilet. Police say the 33-year-old relieved himself while taking $250,000 worth of jewelry from a home while the owners were on vacation, but he didn't flush.

Police say Herrera also took a Coke from the fridge, drank it and left the can along with his DNA.

Investigators say DNA from the can and toilet was matched to Herrera. He was recently arrested and booked into the Bernalillo County jail.

Herrera has pleaded not guilty to charges of residential burglary and larceny over $20,000.

It's not known if he has an attorney who could be reached for comment.

TME It's like the grossest 'CSI' episode ever.

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