As we close the door on 2016, we’re reminded that although criminal charges are serious business, there is humor in at least some of these cases. Here is a sampling of some of the stranger cases of the past year:
- Caught red-handed. Police in Mesa, Arizona made an arrest that involved an alleged thief being caught . . . well . . . not exactly red-handed. A man was apparently trying to steal money from an arcade and got his hand stuck inside one of the machines. By the time police arrived, he had amassed $18. He’s been charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools.
- You ate what! Domestic squabbles are not uncommon, but this one had an interesting cause. A woman in England stabbed her partner because the latter ate all her French fries.
- Evidence left behind. A Florida woman was charged with auto theft after she allegedly stole a commercial truck. Unfortunately for her, she left some evidence behind when she abandoned the vehicle, including her dentures!
- Trapped! In another Mesa case, a burglar attempted to enter a home by jumping through the bedroom window. When the cops arrived, they found him stuck in the clothes hamper.
- Outdoor bathing. A Phoenix man decided it would be a good idea to take a bath outside his house. The man was arrested and charged with indecent exposure and public sexual indecency.
- Open wide! A Phoenix woman has been charged with practicing dentistry without a license. She had decorated her apartment as a dental office, complete with waiting room (containing chairs, tables and magazines) and dental equipment. Police say she had been using the apartment as her office for about two years.
- Facebook poke. A Florida man took umbrage at a poke on Facebook from a friend. When the two met face to face, a fight erupted. Police say the victim was struck six times in the head with a golf club. The man denies this; he says he only hit his “friend” once in the shoulder with the golf club, but punched him half a dozen times in the face!
There are obviously more serious sides to these stories, but the humor is often there, if you can find it.
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