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The East Point Police, in East Point, Georgia, have come up with a novel way to reduce the costs of fighting crime. They simply invite criminals to arrest themselves. They have an easy-to-use self arrest form on their website that criminals can fill out and submit online. At first I suspected that the entire East Point Police website was a joke, but this doesn't appear to be the case. Instead, I'm guessing that this self-arrest form is just a bit of police humor, in the same vein as the decision by the police in Kokomo, Indiana to cut costs by closing the police station during the night. Emergency calls would be recorded on an answering machine and answered the following morning.
Categories: Law/Police/Crime
Posted by Alex on Thu Nov 27, 2003
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Here's an interesting situation. A robber walks into a store, waves a gun around, and tells the cashier to give him all the money in the register. The cashier takes one look at the gun, thinks it's plastic, and assumes the guy is joking. So she tells him to get lost. Frustrated, the would-be robber runs out of the store. But authorities now believe the robbery attempt was real, which makes the woman quite lucky. But there's still the possibility that the gun actually was a fake. After all, if the guy really did have a loaded gun, why didn't he fire a warning shot to let the cashier know he was serious?
Categories: Law/Police/Crime
Posted by Alex on Wed Nov 05, 2003
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The Panama Truth Commission hoped to uncover the truth of what happened in that country during the reigns of the dictators Omar Torrijos and Manuel Noriega. So they brought in Sandra Anderson, a dog trainer whose bone-sniffing dog could help locate the bodies of the dead. But now there are fears that Anderson was a fraud who planted evidence when her dog couldn't find any.
Categories: Law/Police/Crime
Posted by Alex on Wed Sep 17, 2003
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On August 28 a man with a bomb padlocked to his neck robbed a bank in Erie, Pennsylvania. The bomb blew up shortly thereafter, killing the man. The case got a lot of attention, so given human nature it shouldn't surprise anyone that neck-bomb copycat hoaxers are now popping up.
Categories: Law/Police/Crime
Posted by Alex on Sun Sep 14, 2003
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Crawford County police were alarmed when they discovered leg bones sticking out of a pair of work boots that were standing on the bank of Lake Shepherd Springs in Arkansas. They launched a massive investigation, until they realized the bones came from an animal. They warn that whoever is responsible for the hoax will be prosecuted for committing a crime.
Categories: Law/Police/Crime
Posted by Alex on Sat Sep 06, 2003
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A prank caller phones a grocery story pretending to be the police. Somehow he convinces the store manager to start strip-searching customers.
Categories: Law/Police/Crime
Posted by Alex on Wed Jul 16, 2003
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The following email has been making the rounds. Someone asked me if it's real:
The Veil
By now you've heard of Sultaana Freeman. Sultaana is the Muslim convert
in Florida who is refusing to remove her veil for a driver's license
photo. So do you want to see what she looks like? Well here you go.
Sultaana with and without her veil!
sultaana freeman
Wait a minute! Doesn't that look like a mug shot on the left? Why, yes! I
think it is! I guess she was arrested! Well, as a matter of fact she was.
It happened in 1997 in Decatur, Illinois, which was after her conversion
to Islam. She was arrested for battering a foster child (religion of
peace, and all that). In 1999 she plead guilty to felony-aggravated
battery and was sentenced to 18 months probation.
By the way, since you've seen her face, you might as well know her real
name. It's Sandra Keller.
Ironic, isn't it? If Sandra/Sultaana had just gone along with the program
and allowed her face to be photographed it wouldn't now be plastered all
over the Internet. And so it goes.

Is this for real? Yes it is. Freeman's mugshot was dug up by The Smoking Gun (now owned by Court TV), which can always be counted on for digging up the dirt on people. Here's a story about it from the New York Daily News.
Categories: Law/Police/Crime
Posted by Alex on Wed Jun 25, 2003
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The FBI got fooled into thinking that 5 terrorists were on the loose around New Year's Eve.
Categories: Law/Police/Crime
Posted by Alex on Thu Jan 09, 2003
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Yesterday NYC staged a fake ticker tape parade. Bored firemen and policemen marched up and down the same block three times while, according to the NY Post, "drunken office workers shouting like morons to one another" dumped paper on their head. The whole exercise was supposed to persuade the Olympic committee to choose NYC as the site for the Olympics in 2012.
Categories: Law/Police/Crime
Posted by Alex on Tue Oct 08, 2002
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From The Guardian, Prague police have declared war on cheating taxi-cab drivers by unleashing an army of fake tourists to flush out the cheats.
Categories: Law/Police/Crime
Posted by Alex on Tue Sep 17, 2002
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From today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A woman invents an elaborate story about being kidnapped by three abductors, prompting police to send in a SWAT team to rescue her. They find her sitting alone in her car. The abductors were all a figment of her imagination.
Categories: Law/Police/Crime
Posted by Alex on Mon Sep 16, 2002
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Lithuania deploys fake police to slow traffic. I think they tried something like this in Washington DC also.
Categories: Law/Police/Crime
Posted by Alex on Wed Sep 04, 2002
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