QUIRKY WORLD ... Police scratching their heads as serial bald thief targets hair growth products

US: Police in suburban Cincinnati are on the lookout for a bald man they say has been stealing hair growth and memory aid products from shops.

Mount Healthy police have issued an alert for “a serial thief” they say recently took $847-worth (€775) of Rogaine and Prevagen products from a Walgreens store in the city.

Police are not sure if he is using any of the products himself but suspect he tries to sell them online or at flea markets. Mount Healthy detective Chris Jones told WCPO-TV that police are “scratching our heads at this, no pun intended”, over the thefts.

Trap snapped

Holland:

A gang of suspected drug dealers in Amsterdam gave the task of guarding their loot to unusually ferocious guards: A pair of fully-grown crocodiles.

Police investigating the gang made the unexpected discovery this week, when they arrested 11 suspects, men and women aged between 25 and 55. They also seized €300,000 — the bulk of it locked in a cage with the toothy reptiles.

“It’s very unusual for drug dealers to use crocodiles to guard their money,” said police spokesman Frans Zuiderhoek. “I think they thought it was safer.”

Police also seized large quantities of synthetic drugs, firearms, and half a million euros’ worth of crystal meth in the haul.

The suspected dealers were delivering drugs to several hundred addresses, including to neighbouring Belgium, police said.

The crocodiles, for which the owner had a license, were still in their cage and a friend of the owner was taking care of them, police said.

Gem of a find

US:

A woman bit down on a rare pearl while eating a meal of clams and other seafood at an Italian restaurant in Washington state.

Lindsay Hasz and her husband Chris were eating at Montalcino Ristorante Italiano in Issaquah recently when she bit into something hard in her entree, KOMO-TV said. Ms Hasz said she was not sure what it was but put it in her pocket and went home to do research.

She took it to a gemologist who determined it was a Quahog purple pearl worth about $600. Ted Irwin, of Northwest Geological Laboratory, said the find is rare, with only one in a few million being of gem quality. Ms Hasz said she may have the pearl made into a necklace.

Drastic measures

US:

Police say a fugitive from Tampa, Florida, who did not want to be identified by his fingerprints during a traffic stop in northeast Ohio chewed off his fingertips.

Kirk Kelly has been jailed on felony counts of evidence tampering and obstructing official business and misdemeanor charges of falsification and resisting arrest.

Police in Tallmadge, Ohio, say Kelly and several other people were put into a cruiser without handcuffs after their vehicle was stopped last weekend and officers thought they smelled drugs.

Police say Kelly gave false names as they tried to identify him but they figured out who he is after photos of his tattoos were provided by police in Florida, where he’s wanted on firearms and drug charges.

Prickly statistics

Britain:

Almost half of people have never seen a hedgehog in their garden, according to a survey which suggests more declines for the prickly garden visitor.

Just 29% of people taking part in this year’s annual wildlife survey for BBC Gardener’s World magazine had seen a hedgehog in their garden in the last year, down from 32% the previous year.

Only one in 10 of the 2,348 of the people who took part in the survey said they saw the much-loved mammal regularly in their gardens and 48% had never seen one.

The hedgehog has suffered serious long term declines and continues to see its numbers drop, with populations thought to have fallen by 30% since 2003 to less than a million in the UK — down from estimated populations of 36m the 1950s.

Driving dangers

Britain:

More than one child a week was prosecuted for dangerous driving last year. Sixty-six under-age drivers were convicted of the offence in 2015, according to statistics released by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

One person under 17 was convicted of death by dangerous driving while youths were also guilty of drink and drug driving and failing to provide a specimen, according to Churchill Car Insurance, which complied the figures through Freedom of Information requests.


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