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November 21, 2012

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Honor among thieves

WICHITA, Kan. - A 51-year-old Wichita man has his wallet back after a would-be robber recognized him as a former fellow inmate.

Wichita police say the man was walking home from work late Wednesday when he was approached by two young men, including one with a gun.

The gunman demanded the victim's wallet and cellphone. As the older man handed over his wallet, the second suspect realized they had spent time together in prison.

Police say the suspects then stopped the robbery, returned the wallet and apologized before leaving the scene.

No arrests had been made Thursday. The victim told police he didn't think he could identify the robbers.

TME Of course he can't identify the robbers. Snitches get stitches, after all

One toke over the line

CINCINNATI - A judge's offer to allow an Ohio drug defendant the chance to stay out of prison if he'd give up marijuana might have just gone up in smoke.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Melba Marsh says she was astonished by the response from 19-year-old Damaine Mitchell on Wednesday.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Thursday that Mitchell told the judge he likes smoking weed and staying off it so he could stay out of prison would be 'a challenge.' He told the judge he could try to quit but made a request: Could he 'at least get one more joint in?'

The judge quickly said no. She wants Mitchell back in court next week before she decides what to do with his trafficking case.

A message left for Mitchell's attorney hasn't been returned.

TME A request for a joint means more time in the joint.

Seems legit

ATTLEBORO, Mass. - A Rhode Island man police say used counterfeit $100 bills to make purchases at a Target store made a critical mistake.

The bills had a picture of President Abraham Lincoln on them. Real $100 bills bear a picture of Benjamin Franklin. Lincoln's portrait graces the $5 bill.

Dana Leland of Central Falls, R.I., was held on $1,000 cash bail after pleading not guilty Wednesday in Attleboro District Court to charges of uttering a counterfeit note and possession of a counterfeit note.

Police tell The Sun Chronicle the 29-year-old Leland used the fake notes on three consecutive days at the North Attleborough store to buy items worth less than $25.

Leland's lawyer said her client has struggled with drug and alcohol problems and untreated mental health issues, and had a relapse.

TME Apparently, it's all about the Abrahams.

A concerned citizen

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Police say an Albuquerque man fed up with his bank went to the extreme when he broke out the bank's windows and then called police on himself.

KOAT-TV reports that Charles Scribner reported his crime last week shortly after smashing the windows to a Bank of America in Southeast Albuquerque.

According to the police report, Scribner told police Bank of America had 'sold him out' and he became enraged. Scribner admitted he broke out the front doors, shattered a window next to the inner doors and smashed an upper window.

Authorities say Scribner told a 911 operator to have police come arrest him because he didn't want to have to keep breaking windows.

He was later charged with criminal damage.

It was unclear if he had an attorney.

TME It's a more responsible class of vandal out there in New Mexico.

Shine on, you crazy diamond

JOHANNESBURG - Police in South Africa say they've arrested a 25-year-old man who swallowed 220 polished diamonds in an attempt to smuggle them out of the country.

Capt. Paul Ramaloko of the South African Police Service said investigators arrested the man Tuesday night as he waited in line at security at O.R. Tambo International Airport just outside of Johannesburg. Ramaloko said a scan of the man's body showed the diamonds, which later were recovered. He said the man had been on his way to Dubai.

Ramaloko said the diamonds are worth about $2.3 million. Authorities believe the man belongs to a smuggling ring, as another man was arrested in March attempting the same thing.

South Africa is one of the world's top diamond producers.

TME No one in airport security ever wants to take the 'diamond recovery' shift.

Taking work home with you

BERLIN - Forget texting while driving. German police say they nabbed a driver who had wired his Ford station wagon with an entire mobile office.

Saarland state police said Friday the 35-year-old man was pulled over for doing 130 kph (80 mph) in a 100 kph zone while passing a truck Monday.

Built on a wooden frame on his passenger seat they found a laptop on a docking station tilted for easy driver access, a printer, router, wireless internet stick, WLAN antenna, and an inverter to power it all.

A navigation system and cellphone mounted to the windshield completed the array.

Since there was no evidence he used the office while moving, he got away with a (euro) 120 ($153) speeding ticket and a possible fine for having unsecured items in his car.

TME If there was a break room in the back seat, this guy is our new hero.

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