This edition of Stolen from the Headlines introduces a guy who tried to sell a few items not his own, some high school students who made an unusual use of geometry, an ex-con who opted for all the old familiar places, and a guy who kicked over the traces of his house arrest.
The News from Boring
Originally reported by Yahoo! News
A Portland, Oregon, man is accused of stealing two bicycles and a dwarf goat.
Police say 18-year-old Oleg Stepanovich Plyushchev tried to sell bikes on Craigslist that had been stolen from a backyard and garage. Following Plyushchev’s arrest, detectives learned that he was also connected to the theft of a dwarf goat named Penelope that was taken from its owner’s yard.
The Oregonian reports that the man had put Penelope on consignment sale in August at a farm supply store in Boring. Penelope was recovered by Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies.
Plyushchev was booked on theft and computer crime charges. He was released without bail pending a court appearance.
This week’s bicycle/dwarf goat story.
Foosball News for Those Who Care
Originally reported by United Press International
Wyoming high school students put their geometry lessons into action by constructing a human-powered giant foosball table.
The students from Roosevelt High School in Casper put their math skills to the test by constructing the life-size foosball table with help from the Transitions Learning Center.
“Nobody asks, ‘Why do we need to know this?’ You can see why we need to know it, and today was a great example just trying to line up the size, the lengths of the boards,” Transitions Learning Center math teacher Dwight Burrows told KCWY-TV.
A similar table was constructed recently in St. Louis, Missouri, by foosball enthusiasts who organized the Great American Human Foosball league for locals.
“The locals” show up for foosball practice as soon as they get out of their Star Wars costumes.
Let’s Do It Again
Originally reported by MyWay.Com
An ex-con has admitted to robbing the same New Jersey shoe store twice—most recently after finishing a 15-year robbery sentence—while the same clerk was behind the counter.
Prosecutors say 41-year-old Christopher Miller robbed the Stride Rite store in Toms River in March of 2014, a day after he was released from prison after finishing his jail term for the first robbery.
Police say that Miller made off with $389 and fled on foot with the employees’ cell phones.
The clerk had been notified about Miller’s release and identified the suspect as the same person who had robbed the store in 1999.
Miller pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery. He faces a prison term of 10 to 20 years when he’s sentenced in May.
Miller later explained that it would have been too much of a hassle to find a different store to rob.
On the Lam
Originally reported by MyWay.Com
A fraud suspect accused of faking an ownership stake in Facebook to justify a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit against its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has vanished.
Paul Ceglia, who was under house arrest pending his May 4 trial, jumped bail by slicing off an electronic monitoring device and creating a crude contraption to make it seem as though he was moving around inside his home, authorities said. Ceglia’s wife and two young sons and his family’s Jack Russell Terrier, Buddy, also have disappeared.
Reliable sources indicate that Buddy is looking for a witness protection deal.