Quirky World: Cereal offenders make off with £45k of breakfast bars

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Quirky World: Cereal offenders make off with £45k of breakfast bars

Scotland: A trailer loaded with £45,000 worth of Kellogg’s breakfast bars has been stolen from a lorry park in south-west Scotland.

The cereal offenders made off with an articulated trailer in red Curries livery from the Lockerbie lorry park at Johnstonebridge, Dumfries and Galloway.

Police said the trailer was loaded with more than nine tonnes of the bars, estimated to be worth around £45,000.

The theft appears to have taken place at about 2.30am on Thursday.

Detective Constable Martin Lumsden, from Police Scotland CID, said “We are currently carrying out investigations into what is a high-value theft which has obviously involved an element of planning.

Caught red-handed

US:

Authorities in Florida say an 18-year-old man drove a stolen car to police headquarters to pick up court papers about a previous auto theft he was involved in — documents that were found in yet another stolen car.

Carnell Eugene Butler now faces charges in three stolen car cases.

St Petersburg police say officers found a stolen Infiniti. Inside, they found Butler’s documents related to a June auto theft arrest.

Detectives contacted Butler, who arranged to pick them up. When he arrived at police headquarters, a detective arrested Butler and found keys to a Hyundai Sonata in his pocket. The car too had been reported stolen.

Singing in the can

US:

Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge said a video of female inmates singing one of her songs led to her performing with them at a prison.

The singer performed solo for about 2,300 inmates at the Ohio Reformatory for Women. They sat on a recreation field at the facility as Etheridge sang a few songs and offered encouragement.

She said she had been moved by a video of inmates in an addiction recovery group singing ‘A Little Bit Of Me’. She closed with the song and invited members of the group to come up and sing with her. She later visited their dorm, where she left her autographed handprints in paint on the wall and encouraged them to contact her when they are released.

Burgers in space

Russia:

Hamburgers could soon be debuting on Russian menus in space.

While a variety of ethnic and fast foods, ranging from hamburgers to chicken teriyaki, are generally available for US astronauts, Russian cosmonauts generally tackle more traditional fare such as borscht, cottage cheese and caviar. The research institute responsible for designing meals for cosmonauts said it would not be opposed to including the American fast-food staple.

Alexander Agureyev, who oversees catering for the International Space Station at the Russian Academy of Sciences, said proposals to change space menus have been plentiful since space food began to be mass produced in 2011.

Astronauts’ menus are generally made up of refrigerated, dehydrated, and canned foods with long shelf lives.

Snakes alive

US:

A king cobra snake that went missing was found weeks later under a dryer in a garage not far from its owner’s home near Orlando.

A homeowner called Orange County Animal Services after she heard hissing sounds while putting clothes in her dryer. Wildlife officers found the 2.5m snake under the dryer.

They had been searching for it since September 2, the day after its owner returned home from a trip and discovered it was missing.

Orlando television stations reported the snake has been returned to owner Mike Kennedy. He pleaded not guilty this week to a misdemeanour charge for failing to immediately report the snake missing.

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