Tag: theft

Former thief orchestrates ‘Christmas break-in’ that gives

This post includes a podcastRobin Marc SmithRobin Marc Smith (inset, 2007 booking photo) had a 30-year career as a Grinch – and he was remarkably good at it – so it’s surprising to see him don a Santa hat so that he can break, enter and give. Smith organized a charity event in a small eastern Ontario town in which a band of holiday ‘bandits’ broke into the house of a needy family. The group of about a dozen people knew the single mom wasn’t home because she had taken her two young children to visit a mall Santa. The group left gifts and $500 cash behind and no clue to their identity. Local media around Tweed, a small village 200 kilometres east of Toronto, reported the feel-good story but with no mention of Smith’s infamous past. Smith tells me (hear the full interview after the jump), that everyone in the Tweed area knows about his past.

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Golf bag bandits hit the jackpot

What’s in your golf bag? Maybe sweaty socks, broken tees, empty beer cans, filthy rags and scorecards you don’t want anyone to see. How about $35,000 worth of diamond rings. That’s what one female duffer was toting in her bag during a recent round at a course just west of Kingston, Ontario. Someone may have seen her stuff the rings into the bag, or perhaps knew they were there – and stole them.

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Scuba-diving ball burglars busted

See all posts about dumb crooks and kooky crimesWhen darkness fell on the lush fairways and greens of Camden Braes golf course, near Kingston, Ontario, a pirate duo descended beneath the surface, in pursuit of sunken treasure. That’s when the cops arrived. Police officers caught two men, in scuba gear, plundering the water hazards of the course. They were snatching lost golf balls, reportedly a multimillion dollar a year business (an estimated 200 million lost balls in the U.S. each year). Read the full police news release, after the jump, detailing the early-morning probe that ended with two Quebec men facing theft charges for pilfering dimpled projectiles without permission of golf course owners (that’s the 6th hole at Camden Braes in the pic above).

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A ‘rather normal girl’ becomes a thief

When an employee charged with handling an employer’s cash steals that money, it is considered a substantial breach of trust. Justice looks harshly on such breaches, considering them an aggravating factor. A thief who steals more than $5,000 can be imprisoned for up to 10 years. Yet Larissa Wiley, who stole $5,000 (maybe more) from the Tim Hortons where she worked in Doaktown, New Brunswick, did not get any jail time. In a decision (in full after the jump) March 13, she was sentenced to six months of house arrest and two years of probation.

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Big box bandit bags trio of laptops

How many notebooks could a bandit boost If a bandit could boost books? Three, we see. Going Going Gone Yesterday police in Kingston, Ontario, released the striking snapshots (above) that captured a laconic laptop lugger in action. This audacious thief strolled into a big box office supply shop, Staples, in a busy power centre mall...

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Customers roll back prices

Come on now. Admit it. At least once, you’ve looked at the self checkout machine in the department store and thought, mischievously: I could just slip this one thing in my bag, without scanning it. After all, the evil corporation has it coming for replacing real customer service and killing local jobs with technology.

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