Sharknapping Bid Proves Unsuccessful
An attempt by two men at sharknapping came unstuck, according to a report.
The men have confessed to snatching a small shark from a Texas aquarium’s interactive touch tank, then whisking it away, wrapping it in a blanket and concealing it in a baby stroller, police say, according to AP.
Miss Helen, the 40-cm-long gray horn shark, was returned to the San Antonio Aquarium, two days after the heist was captured on surveillance video.
“Sharknapping: Unsuccessful!” the aquarium posted on Facebook afterward.
The surveillance footage shows a man plucking the shark from the tank and carrying it away, off camera, still dripping water. Another man is then seen depositing a blanket-wrapped item into a stroller and walking off, accompanied by the first man and a woman carrying a child.
Police said the men put the shark into a bucket before placing it into the stroller. The shark was recovered from a home filled with fish tanks and other marine life.
Drug Dog Has Bounty On Its Head
A drug dog in Colombia has a bounty on its head for being good in her job, says a report.
Sombra, a six-year-old German Shepherd, has helped Colombia’s police detect more than 2,000 kg of cocaine hidden in suitcases, boats and large shipments of fruit, says an AP report.
But as the dog sniffs her way toward record cocaine interdictions, she has also become the latest target of Colombia’s most powerful drug gang.
Colombian police recently revealed that the Gulf Clan, a cartel that boasts its own guerrilla army, has offered a reward of $7,000 to whoever kills or captures the savvy hound.
The threat prompted officials to relocate Sombra — whose name in Spanish means Shadow — from a busy port on Colombia’s Caribbean coast to the capital city, where she now uses her extraordinary talent to sniff through suspicious cargo at Bogota’s El Dorado International Airport.
Haring Away With Hair
Even hair can be the object of interest for thieves, if a report has to be believed.
Posing as customers, the three men entered a little New Delhi workshop early one morning. Then one pulled out a gun, and the trio demanded the most valuable thing there: Hair.
They fled a half-hour later with 200 kg of wigs and raw hair worth more than $20,000, police said, according to an AP report.
They left behind a wig-maker deep in debt.“People think wigs are cheap but they cost a fortune to make,” Jahangir Hussain said after the robbery. He said he had borrowed more than $17,000 to buy hair last month from South Indian wholesalers.
Hair is big business in India, estimated to bring in more than $300 million a year, with wigs and hair extensions exported around the world.
No Plane Sailing For Concert Man
A man can go any length to make it for a concert, says a report.
Police say an Arkansas man accused of trying to steal a commercial jet told investigators he thought piloting the plane would involve little more than pushing buttons and pulling levers, according to an AP report.
Investigators say 18-year-old Zemarcuis Devon Scott wanted to fly to an out-of-state concert when he hopped inside an American Eagle jet at Texarkana Regional Airport.
The Texarkana Gazette reports Scott was inside the cockpit when he was arrested.
Envoy Air operates the plane. The company says the 44-seat jet wasn’t damaged.
Cubs Fan Pinned By The Bucket
A man, who was wearing a plastic bucket on his head when a large metal pin fell from Wrigley Field’s centrefield scoreboard during a Chicago Cubs game, said he feels lucky to be alive.
Kyle McAleer was sitting with his family and friends under the manual scoreboard when he was hit by a 6- to-8-inch pin during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, says an AP report.
The 20-year-old Iowa man said he began wearing the bucket with his family as a “rally cap” after he saw former Cubs player Starlin Castro wear one a few years ago.
McAleer said he put the bucket on his head about a half-inning before his injury. He said he believes he might have been killed without it.
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