Weird Criminal Law # 388: Clean Mouths & Dirty Hands

FLORIDA: The headline read: “Their mouths were clean but their hands were dirty.” Orange County deputies allege that 64-year-old Mary Curtiss and 44-year-old Clint Curtis led a racketeering operation that was responsible for stealing more than $100,000 in electronic toothbrush products and cash from Publix, Walmart, Walgreens and CVS stories throughout central Florida. The criminal complaint further alleges that the bulk of the money the two brought in came from stealing two particularly unusual items—high-end electronic and replacement toothbrush heads – then returning them as if they had legitimately purchased and pocketing the cash. Not only were the corporations losing money in the stolen merchandise, but they also lost money each time their employees processed a return. The Curtiss’s are being held in the Orange County Trial awaiting trial.


WISCONSIN: Just how big was that pit bull? A Milwaukee man who thought he spotted a lion that people had reported seeing wandering in the city shot and injured a large pit bull. An animal-control official said the dog was shot in the leg, but is expected to be fine. It is not certain whether the gunman will be face criminal charges. The city has been on edge because police say they have investigated about two dozen calls of apparent lion sightings in late summer of 2014.


CANADA: The headline read: “Later gators.” A Toronto couple turned their home into a makeshift reptile sanctuary, harboring more than 150 crocodiles, alligators and caimans inside for the past 10 years. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” said Bry Loyst, of the Indian River Reptile Zoo, after he was called in by police last august.



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