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Gun in the Drive-Thru, Guitars Down the Pants Top Weird Crime News

Also, a man claiming to be a Water Department employee allegedly burglarizes a home while telling the homeowner to check the toilet water.

Each week, Patch combs through the more shocking, surprising and often absurd alleged criminal acts and police-related incidents that unfold around the region. Here’s what went on this week for “OMG PD.”

This won’t get you your Frosty any faster: A Landsdale, PA, man went from the Wendy’s drive-through to jail, after he brandished a handgun at the pick-up window, Upper Gwynedd Township Police said. Daniel J. Costello, 22, was charged with felony carrying a firearm without a license, misdemeanor terroristic threats that caused a serious public inconvenience and disorderly conduct. No word on whether he got to finish his fries before getting booked.

It’s the North-South Freeway, not Speedway: A Broomall, PA, man was flying down Route 42 in his Mercedes, hitting speeds of up to 120 mph—oh, yeah, and he was drunk, according to Gloucester Township Police, who said Apostolos Michos failed several field sobriety tests.

Speaking of alleged drunken drivers: A New York City resident blew a 0.18 after getting pulled over in Lower Southampton, PA, then made things worse for himself when to make the DUI go away, police told Lower Southampton Patch.

Is that a Les Paul in your pants, or…oh, that’s actually a Les Paul in your pants: Martin Cohen had an innovative way of grabbing high-end guitars from Sam Ash Music on Route 38, according to Cherry Hill Police. He simply stuffed ‘em down his pants and took off while an accomplice ran a smoke screen, distracting employees at the store, but was caught on surveillance and arrested, police said.

We’re pretty sure he wasn’t the meter reader, after all: The top three signs that alleged Water Department employee isn’t who he says he is: 1) He walks in a side door without being let in, 2) He tells you to stay in the bathroom and see if the toilet water turns green, then tries to shut you in there, 3) He steals a bunch of your stuff. All of that actually happened to one homeowner, Lower Moreland, PA, police said.

Hey, buddy, wanna buy a rhino horn? Just ask these three men, who were indicted in Newark on charges related to an international rhino horn smuggling ring, including allegedly trying to bribe federal agents. Yes, it's 2013, and yes, you still can't legally buy rhino horns in the United States.

Left turns in New Jersey? You must be new here: In the land of the jughandle, Moorestown Mall owner PREIT wants to drop a left turn off Route 38 into the mall, which is undergoing some major renovations. Moorestown’s traffic guru, Sgt. Randy Pugh, isn’t keen on the idea, which he said would add a few hundred more accidents to the highway every year—not to mention make the intersection look “pretty crappy.” Hardly the ideal combo.

thomas February 20, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Speaking of water meter reader employees of WD, When are they going to get uniforms or some sort of other ID. They come around and since I have been here a long time and active in the commuinity, I recognize most of the employees. But what about the new residents? We should be looking into doing away with meter readings altogether and get in the 21 century with digital reading equipment. Perhaps this would prevent any water usage scandals in the future that WD has been involved with recently. I hope someone from WD reads this. If not, I hope the Patch puts it up for discussion in WD Patch.
Carrie February 21, 2013 at 12:50 AM
Thomas, while I respect the sentiment and would agree in another time, I don't think this is the time to go digital. It would just be another excuse for the Twp. to raise the price of water and/or our taxes. NOT something I could handle right now! In the past 2 years, my taxes have been raised over 15%, because of the reassessments! One more hike in the cost of living or reduction in income and I'm done. We are at the breaking point, and I don't think I am alone!
thomas February 21, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Carrie, have you tried to appeal your RE taxes? They reduced my taxes without appealing but I still think they can be lowered. The houses just aren't selling for what my house is assessed at let alone appraised at. I agree with you the time may not be right but they should at minimum have a uniform so people can identify them and have proper ID especially in these times.

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