Massachusetts police hunt whale jaw bone thief

A whale jaw bone was stolen from the International Fund for Animal Welfare in Massachusetts and police on Monday were asking the public for help recovering it. The whale jaw bone, stolen from the group’s headquarters in Yarmouth, measures between 6 and 7 feet long and is valued at around $5,000, police said. The bone was … Continue reading “Massachusetts police hunt whale jaw bone thief”

A whale jaw bone was stolen from the International Fund for Animal Welfare in Massachusetts and police on Monday were asking the public for help recovering it.

The whale jaw bone, stolen from the group’s headquarters in Yarmouth, measures between 6 and 7 feet long and is valued at around $5,000, police said.

The bone was stolen from an outdoor storage area.

Police released a photo of a whale jaw bone Monday, but it wasn’t a picture of the actual jaw bone that was stolen, only one resembling it.

Anyone with information on the stolen item was urged to call Division Detective Eric Nuss at 508-775-0445, extension 2132.

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Georgia teacher admits stealing 9-year-old student’s violin to pay ticket, police say

DECATUR, Ga. – A Georgia teacher told police he stole a 9-year-old student's violin because he needed money to pay for a $700 ticket.

Citing an incident report, news outlets report that video showed 21-year-old Kalif Jones of Stone Mountain stealing the instrument from the cafeteria. It also showed the Brockett Elementary School teacher walking throughout the school with the violin case in hand before leaving with it.

The criminal investigation began in late November after the student came home without his instrument. Police arrested the Dekalb County teacher after he said he stole the violin because he had recently received a $700 ticket and needed money for it.

Jail records show he was charged with a count of misdemeanor theft Nov. 29. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.

St. Louis woman says somebody stole her tiny house

A St. Louis, Missouri woman claims that somebody stole a tiny house she was building and is asking for the public's help in finding it.

Meghan Panu, who builds "tiny homes," posted on Instagram on Saturday that her structure had been stolen the previous night, between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 11 a.m.

Panu wrote that she was "at a loss," and told Fox affiliate KTVI that she learned of the theft when someone called her to ask if she moved the house overnight, which she hadn't.

The tiny home builder had been working on the house for two years, according to the news station. Panu said the idea that she may never get her home back is "devastating."


The tiny house craze — dubbed a "movement" by Tiny Home Builders — is for those who want smaller living quarters, typically within 600 square feet. It's for people who "have determined that a large home, and more specifically, the large cost of living that comes with it, is both unnecessary and a detriment to their happiness."

Tiny houses are often built on foundations or trailers and are placed on wheels and can be transported.

Panu had moved her tiny home to several different towns, and planned to move it again this week with the ultimate goal of living it in next spring.

She told KTVI she's invested around $20,000 into the home, but that it's the "little regard for the effort, and the time, and the love that I've put into this" that upsets her the most.

Panu has been posting updates on the situation to her Facebook page, with her most recent post revealing that the tiny home may have been spotted earlier today "westbound on I40 towards California."

The tiny house is decorated with two large green windows, brown stained cedar siding and a tin roof. Panu urges anyone with information on the home to report it to authorities and to contact her.

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Maryland girl ordered to steal package from porch, investigators say

Detectives said “there are no words” to describe the latest porch pirate who was caught on camera in Belair, Maryland.

A girl, who police believe is, no older than eight, is seen on a home surveillance camera running onto the front porch, and running away with a freshly delivered box containing a pair of boots.

“A parent or older person is directing them to commit the theft which is pretty disturbing,” said Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler.


Detectives are asking anyone who can help identify the girl to contact Harford County Police.

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Handcuffed man escapes police in New York City after robbery arrest

A search was underway Saturday in New York City for a handcuffed suspect who escaped police custody.

Tyrone Johnson, 24, gave cops the slip around 4:30 a.m. as he was being transported in a patrol car to a precinct in Brooklyn, according to reports.

His escape on foot followed his arrest on a robbery charge, WNBC-TV reported.


The New York Police Department released a mug shot of Johnson that was taken after a 2017 arrest, WPIX-TV.

Police urged the public to be on the lookout for a 5-foot-9 man in a camouflage jacket and dark-colored jeans who had his hands handcuffed behind his back.

Satanic group says someone stole ornaments off ‘Satanic Christmas tree’: report

A Satanic group in California had ornaments stolen off their "Satanic Christmas Tree" this weekend after a public decorating event, a report said.

The Satanic Bay Area group, while not surprised, said it was disappointed that a significant amount of their decorations—which included pentagrams and inverted crosses—were stolen from San Jose’s annual Christmas in the Park tree decorating event, SFGate reported.

"Ornament theft is a thing that happens at Christmas in the Park, unfortunately, and we even anticipated that ahead of time," Satanic Bay Area organizer Daniel Walker told the outlet. "I don't want to say we don't mind, because it is annoying, but at the same time, [theft] is a fact of life."

The event has used a mix of staff, private security and police to watch over this year’s 550 trees, but officials said it’s still impossible to keep an eye on every tree.

Walker told the outlet he was worried that if the thievery continues, the group’s "Satanic Christmas Tree" will run out of ornaments. He said the group’s 140 decorations were mostly handmade, with some depicting images of Krampus, a mythological creature said to punish naughty children during Christmastime.

"I don't want to make it sound like we feel put upon or persecuted, but it is a little disappointing, especially for some folks who lost things they were particularly proud of,” Walker said.

According to Walker, the Satanic group’s tree was met with “mostly positive” responses, ranging from “hilarious to baffled to amused.”

Walker suggested that those interested in their decorations should inquire about them rather than stealing the ornaments off their tree.

“If you want an ornament, just let us know — it'll be much easier for everybody."

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Utah police officer, Marine vet, dies after being struck by car; burglary suspect killed

A Utah police officer died Saturday evening after investigators said a driver intentionally struck him with his car while the officer was responding to a burglary call.

South Salt Lake Police Officer David Romrell, 31, had been rushed to a hospital in critical condition Saturday night, Chief Jack Carruth told reporters at a news conference Sunday. Romrell later died from his injuries.


Before 10 p.m. Saturday, Romrell and another officer were responding to a burglary in progress. The officers encountered two suspects trying to speed off and ordered them to stop, investigators said.

The driver of that vehicle, according to Carruth, hit Romrell while trying to escape. Both officers apparently shot at the car, and the driver was killed. The passenger was tracked down and arrested.

“As much as we prepare, or we know the risk of this job, we’re not prepared for this — it’s taken us all by surprise," the chief said. "It’s been very very painful.”

From their initial investigation, Romrell "did everything right."


Utah Gov. Gary Herbert tweeted Sunday that Romrell "was exemplary in every way, and I feel humbled by the service he gave his country as a Marine, as well as the service he gave our communities here in Utah."

The officer was described as "very humble." Carruth said Romrell's service to the community as an officer was "very much his passion." He leaves behind a wife and a 4-month-old baby.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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