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Weird National Briefs (08/07/2019)

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Ambulance chasers

GASTONIA, N.C. - A North Carolina man has been charged with stealing an ambulance from a hospital parking bay and leading police on a high-speed chase.

News outlets report that the ambulance belonging to the Dallas Rescue Squad was taken from CaroMont Regional Medical Center Friday night.

Police charged 29-year-old Joshua Kyle Poindexter of Kings Mountain with larceny of a motor vehicle, fleeing to elude arrest, failing to heed a siren and reckless driving.

Authorities say GPS software allowed police to track the stolen ambulance. They said Poindexter led police on a chase that exceeded the speed limit by 15 mph (24 km/h) before he was arrested in Cherryville, almost 20 miles (32 km) away.

No one was injured.

TME – Maybe his emergency was getting away from the cops?

Bank robber boo-boo

CLEVELAND - Investigators say a Cleveland bank robber made their job much easier because his note demanding money was written on the back side of a document bearing his name and address.

FBI Special Agent Vicki Anderson tells WJW-TV the stunned teller who was handed the note last Monday looked at both sides and realized it was a document from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Anderson says the teller addressed the man by his first name, gave him the money and then notified law enforcement officers.

Authorities used surveillance footage and the information from the document to identify the 54-year-old suspect. They say a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

TME – Nice of him to cut out the middleman.

Not-so-great escape

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Authorities in northeastern Arkansas say a man convicted of attempted murder caught a ride home with a juror during a court recess and then fled before sentencing.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that 32-year-old Madriekus Blakes was convicted on Tuesday of two counts of attempted first-degree murder and other charges for a Sept. 27, 2018, shooting at a convenience store in West Memphis, about 122 miles (196 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock.

Prosecutors say Blakes caught a ride home with a juror during a recess but that both Blakes and the juror returned to the courthouse the next day for sentencing. The judge replaced the juror with an alternate.

Jurors recommended 20 years in prison but Blakes fled while jurors deliberated. Officials say he will be sentenced once he is captured.

TME – Guess it really was a jury of his peers.

Take one down, pass it around …

BERLIN - Police in Germany say a truck carrying crates of beer lost part of its load, spilling about 10,000 bottles onto a road in the southwest of the country.

Mannheim police said Saturday that volunteer firefighters from two nearby towns and a local civil defense team took part in the salvage operation, but an estimated 12,000 euros ($13,330) worth of beer was lost in the crash late Friday.

Police said the truck driver is being investigated for failing to properly secure his load.

TME – 9,999 bottles of beer on the truck, 9,999 bottles of beer …

Money laundering

FREMONT, Neb. - A volunteer trying to figure out why a donated clothes dryer didn't work took it apart and found $144.

The money was found Saturday at Habitat for Humanity's HomeStore in Fremont.

The Fremont Tribune reports that volunteer Jerry Getzfrid pulled off the front of the dryer to see what was wrong with it. He found the bills and coins lying under the drum amid other dusty items that had accumulated from years of use.

The money was returned to the person who'd donated the dryer, and Getzfrid later ordered a part he needed to fix it.

TME – Gross.

Stolen spiders

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - A South Carolina woman says a porch pirate may have stolen a package containing nine tarantulas from her front porch.

News outlets report the woman says she received a notification Friday morning that the FedEx shipment had been delivered. When she went to get the package, she says it wasn't there. The Spartanburg County sheriff's office spokesman Lt. Kevin Bobo says the package was still missing as of Tuesday.

A report from the sheriff's office says the spiders are valued at $1,000. The responding deputy listed the case as a ``possible larceny of mail.''

The report says there's no surveillance video from the home and there are no suspects at this time.

TME – Instant karma is gonna get you.

What about bobcat?

STRATHAM, N.H. - A New Hampshire police officer says the kitten he was trying to pick up in a parking lot turned out to be a bobcat, which then jumped onto the roof of a Burger King.

Stratham Officer Matt Callahan tells Seacoastonline.com he was on patrol Saturday and saw the ``kitten'' run under a car. It eventually climbed a tree near the restaurant.

Once Callahan realized he was dealing with a young bobcat, he called state Fish and Game officers.

He also stood in the drive-thru line to alert customers in case the bobcat decided to come down, but it climbed onto the roof and took a catnap.

Callahan says he and the conservation officer climbed up and put the bobcat in a crate. The bobcat was released at a wildlife refuge.

TME – It’s basically a darkest-timeline Tennessee Williams play.

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