A 70-year-old Kansas man reportedly admitted to a September 2016 armed bank robbery incident and now faces up to 20 years in prison, all so he could get away from his wife. According to the Kansas City Star, Lawrence John Ripple allegedly admitted to going to the Bank of Labor in Kansas City because he was tired of living with his wife after having an argument with her. Ripple stole nearly $3,000 from the bank, but instead of making his getaway, his real intent was to escape from his spouse… and so he reportedly just sat down in the bank lobby and waited to be arrested. A security guard reportedly approached him, at which time he identified himself as the guy they were looking for. On Jan. 23, in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, he pleaded guilty to federal bank robbery. According to the Kansas City Star:
The robbery was captured on bank surveillance video that showed Ripple hand a note to a teller. The note read, “I have a gun, give me money,” according to court documents.
The teller handed over $2,924, but instead of fleeing, Ripple sat down in the bank lobby.
When a bank security guard approached him, Ripple told the guard that he was the person the guard was looking for, according to the documents. The guard took Ripple into custody and recovered the money that had just been taken.
Hit the jump for a news video on the incident. Though not on camera, the wife apparently told the reporter they had been married 33 years.
Antonieta Robles Souda, 25, allegedly tried to smuggle her boyfriend José Antonio Anzoátegui out of the Puente Ayala prison in Barcelona, Venezuelain a suitcase. This seems to be attempted every so often, as another woman also unsuccessfully tried sneaking her husband out of a Mexican prison hidden in a suitcase a few years ago. José is serving 9 years and 8 months for car theft. Souda was reportedly allowed to bring the suitcase in for an overnight stay, which is not uncommon at the prison.
Their plan seemed to go smoothly as the woman carrying the bright pink luggage didn’t make the guards suspicious at all, but it all cam crashing down when they eventually noticed the petite woman struggling to pull the seemingly light suitcase out the door. They stopped Antonieta and asked her to open the suitcase so they could check its contents. Left with no option but to comply with the guards’ demand, the woman unzipped the baggage to reveal young José Antonio curled up like a professional contortionist and covered with various clothing items. They provided a poor cover, though.
If only Souda were as strong as her boyfriend is flexible. Hit the jump for a close-up.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently shared its top 20 confiscations of 2016, posting images of the creative ways smugglers have attempted to transport illegal products – not just drugs – across the border. Our favorite? Fake carrots stuffed with marijuana.
Hit the jump below for some more crazy photos of tortillas stuffed with meth, coconuts filled with weed, and an entire roasted pig someone tried to get pass customs .
A quick reference chart of bad (meaning potentially lethal) drug combinations, provided by TripSit. It’s not meant to suggest any drug combination – or even any single drug – is good or safe, but the chart was created as a risk assessment tool for those who are already committed to using drugs. TripSit lists this as the third and most recent version of its chart, incorporating corrections to past mistakes, but makes it clear it is “not intended as a sole reference point” for decision-making.
A Chinese man recently turned in a hand grenade to authorities he had been using as a nut cracker for more than two decades.
The nutcracker in this case was a Chinese Type 67 defensive hand grenade. The grenade is a so-called “stick” grenade, also known as a “potato masher.” Invented by the German Army in World War I, stick grenades contain an explosive charge in one end of the weapon. A pull string runs through the length of the handle and is concealed by a screw-on cap on the other end of the grenade. Pulling on the string ignites the fuze, and the grenade is then thrown at the enemy.
Ran allegedly only discovered the grenade’s true identity when he noticed it on a government flyer identifying prohibited explosives. He promptly turned it in to a local police station. He was not penalized.
Given that he tasked it to crack walnuts for so long (not a recommended use) it’s been speculated that it was an inert training model, but those are usually clearly marked as such, and this one lacked such markings. All in all, a lucky guy.
This thief tried to shoplift a 7 ft. long set of Venetian blinds from a Great Britain store by hiding it under his hooded jacket and down his pants. Suffice it to say, he was followed by store security as he attempted to walk out, at which point he dropped the blinds and took off running.
An Adelaide, Australia, cafe is serving the “Asskicker,” a coffee concotion that is purported to contain 80 times as much caffeine as expresso (5 GRAMS of caffeine vs 63 mg in expresso). The drink is so strong it is meant to be sipped over three to four hours – any faster, and you risk experiencing shakes and sweats, stammering over your words, vertigo, and nausea. If not even worse side effects.
The barista, who opened his cafe a year and a half ago after a career in the Australian Navy, said the turbo coffee has become very popular in recent weeks. However, he actively discourages customers interested only in a gimmick, and advertises it with a warning for those with high blood pressure or heart conditions. “I have a quite detailed talk with people before they actually purchase one. If I can talk someone out of it, they’re not ready for the drink,” said Bennington.
It was first developed for an emergency room nurse, though the current brew is a toned down version of the original. The Asskicker goes for around $12 ($16 AUD) for a 16 oz cup of caffeinated heaven.
An Ohio man wanted for failing to appear in court on a DUI charge sent police a selfie after deciding he didn’t like the booking photos of him posted online by police to assist in his capture. He apparently sent a photo of himself behind the wheel with a cool looking pair of sunglasses, complete with the caption, “Here is a better photo that one is terrible.”
Police responded by putting his selfie online on Facebook as well, noting, “This photo was sent to us by Mr. Pugh himself. We thank him for being helpful, but now we would appreciate it if he would come speak to us at the LPD about his charges.”
Yes, this really happened. A Halfmoon, New York man high on LSD allegedly broke into a neighbor’s home to save a dog… from a fire that only existed in the man’s mind. He drove his black BMW sedan through a fence surrounding the property before breaking through the back door to save the family’s large white dog.
Troopers say 43-year-old Michael Orchard of Inglewood Drive told them he mixed LSD with cough medicine Thursday afternoon and they found him, standing heroically with a dog in his arms outside of what he thought was a giant inferno.
Fortunately, the dog was unharmed by neither the “good Samaritan” or the imaginary blaze. Before dropping acid he probably should have seen this video of a 1950s housewife describing her experiences with LSD. Hit the jump for TV news video of the incident.
SantaCon has come to be an annual nation-wide December pub crawl with participants – men and women – dressed up in full Santa costume. However, the event has become notoriously rowdy in recent years, especially in New York City. Apparently the bad behavior was at its worst at an East Village bar that says a group of “a hundred” partying Santas looted all their booze, smashed bottles, and generally wrecked the place. They estimated $5,000 worth of damage was done. No arrests were made, although over the course of the day in the city NYPD issued over 100 summonses for disorderly conduct.