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Screaming Man Raises Alarm

If you scream and shout loud at home then you are bound to create an alarm, says a report.

An Australian man triggered an emergency police response after a noisy exchange with a spider startled a passerby into reporting what sounded like a violent disturbance to the authorities, media reported, according to Reuters.

A neighbour was walking past a house in the west coast city of Perth when they heard a man repeatedly yelling “why don’t you die?” and a toddler screaming. The neighbour then called the police emergency number, according to media reports.

“Multiple police units responded (with) lights and sirens,” the reports said, quoting from a Twitter post that appeared to have been posted by police in Wanneroo, just to the north of Perth. The post has since been deleted.

The tweet showed what appeared to be a law enforcement communication log that included the initial emergency call, followed by an update 15 minutes later that said “police spoke with all parties who advised that husband had only been trying to kill a spider (has serious fear of spiders)”.

The log said the man “apologised for inconvenience to police” and that there were “no injuries sighted (except to spider)” and “no further police involvement required”.

Thieves Use Mechanical Diggers

Thieves used mechanical diggers to prise open an armoured van on a highway in southern Italy and made off with more than 2 million euros ($2.3 million) in cash, says a report.

The blue security van had left the city of Bari and was carrying pensions to be distributed in post offices in nearby Matera when it was blocked on the road by two lorries, says the Reuters report.

Two diggers then tore open the vehicle, using their mechanical arms like can openers to gain access to the cash.

The lorries were then set ablaze as the hooded thieves escaped with their loot in a waiting car. The three guards in the van were unharmed.

Doughnut Company Comforts Police

Krispy Kreme has stepped in to comfort Kentucky police officers mourning the loss of a doughnut truck that caught fire.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the company and a police escort delivered dozens of doughnuts to the city police department.

Officer Kyle Mounce says no one was injured when a Krispy Kreme truck caught fire in the city, but the truck’s doughnuts were ruined. The fire’s cause was unclear, according to the Reuters report.

Lexington police shared posts on social media of the burned truck and officers jokingly mourning the loss.

The posts were widely shared online and police departments across the country offered their condolences. The chief marketing officer for Krispy Kreme, Dave Skena, says the company wanted to comfort the department in their time of sorrow.

Cow Takes Cops For A Run

Holy Cow! Police had a tough time trying to rein in a runaway cow which hit the highway, says a report.

The cow, bound for a slaughterhouse, who led authorities on an hour-long chase along before being captured is recuperating at an animal sanctuary, according to an AP report.

The cow suffered cuts and scrapes from falling from the second floor of the trailer near Paterson.

Mike Stura said the cow has received shots and been examined by a veterinarian.

The cow has been named Brianna in honour of the police officer named Brian who alerted the sanctuary to the animal’s escape.

Victim Taken For A Ride

A man in the US broke into a home, had a relaxed time before hitching a ride with the owner himself, says a report.

Authorities in Maine say the man broke into a home, had a bite to eat, watched TV and even got a car ride from his unsuspecting victim, says an AP report.

The Maine sheriff’s office said 35-year-old Derek Tarbox broke into a Waterboro home, took a shower, got dressed in the homeowner’s clothing and was watching television when the homeowner arrived.

The intruder said he mistakenly thought the house belonged to a friend and asked for a ride home.

The homeowner told authorities that seemed plausible, so he drove him to a house in Hollis, which actually belonged to Tarbox’s relatives. The victim later realised his home had been ransacked.