Quirky World: Penitent petrol station thief gets little thanks

USA: Police in Northern California say a man robbed a petrol station only to return hours later to give the money back and apologise. 

Eureka Police Sgt Steve Watson said 23-year-old Cyle Warren Abbott Jr told officers he needed cash to leave town for a fresh start, but then realised his mistake.

Watson says Abbott first entered the station demanding cash with what the clerk believed was a semi-automatic handgun.

He says the clerk gave Abbott some cash, and Abbott left, also taking two bottles of beer.

Watson says three hours later Abbott returned, giving back most of the cash and saying he was sorry. He says the weapon turned out to be a BB gun, which officers haven’t found.

Abbott was held in custody on $50,000 (€39,323) bail.

USA: A Connecticut man was arrested after police say he wandered into the wrong home drunk and got in bed with a stranger, who woke up startled and called emergency services.

Police say the incident happened early on Saturday morning at an apartment complex in Clinton. Officers say 26-year-old Tyler Sullivan of Haddam told officers he thought he was at his mother’s apartment, which is in the same complex. A man in the home said he told Sullivan to leave, but Sullivan refused. He was charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct.

HORSE RESCUED FROM POOL AT SUBURBAN PHOENIX HOME

USA: A horse in suburban Phoenix needed rescuing after it led itself to water and did more than just drink.

Mesa firefighters say the horse was wandering outside of its pen when the animal somehow fell into the backyard swimming pool and became stuck.

Mesa Fire Capt Forrest Smith says firefighters, with the assistance of a vet tranquilised the horse before pulling it out using several straps. Smith says the horse was not injured.

PET CHAT

ENGLAND: Dog owners spend 3.7 hours a week chatting to their pet, according to a survey. They also take their pets on an average of 433 walks a year, clocking up 548 miles, according to the UK’s National Dog Walking Index.

Outdoor wear firm Mountain Warehouse, which asked 2,000 Britons about their relationship with their dog, found 85% believed having their pet had increased their fitness levels.

SUSPECT SPRAYED

USA: A US grocery store worker told a would-be raider to bug off by spraying the suspect with a can of insecticide.

A masked woman entered the CSI Coalfield Mini Market in Berlin, Pennsylvania, police said. That’s when Annabelle Miller took matters into her own hands. Ms Miller said she was glad she confronted the would-be bandit, saying: “I just got mad. I’ve got better things to do with my night than that.”

TOP TREE

ENGLAND: An oak said to have sheltered Robin Hood and his merry men, and a yew which spans an area the size of the Royal Albert Hall, are two of the finalists in the Tree of the Year competition, the BBC reports.

Run by nature charity Woodland Trust, the contest’s winner will be pitted against trees from other countries in an international competition next year. The finalists include seven oaks, two yews and an apple tree.

POPPY APOLOGY

ENGLAND: Supermarket chain Morrisons has apologised after one of its managers suggested an 89-year-old poppy seller should wear a warmer coat rather than sell inside a store.

A shopper claimed to have found the pensioner “freezing” outside the store in Taunton, Somerset. Writing on Facebook Veronica Roach said: “I hunted down the manager and challenged him. He said they had their promotion at the door which meant there was no room for the poppy stand.”

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