Weird Criminal Law Stories # 486: Don’t grow pot in your window, dummy

NEVADA: Do not grow your pot in the windows. Lawrence Arellianes was arrested after Las Vegas police spotted marihuana plants on display in his window, officials said. Arellianes did not have a medical-marijuana card, which could have made the plants legal to possess. Police seized 15 pounds of marijuana, a shotgun, a revolver, and two scales.



NEW MEXICO: Nothing like cinema verite! A TV news crew was shooting footage for a story about a spike in crime – and became the victims of crime themselves. The local station KOB was filming in downtown Albuquerque when a thief sped off with the crew’s SUV, according to a police report. Police found the vehicle abandoned 30 minutes later – and the station featured its own theft in the segment.



OREGON: Moron Mom? A woman used her car to tow her three children in a red wagon. Alana Donahue, 27, believed it would be a fun time to take her children, ages, 2, 4 and 8, for a slow spin in wagon on a busy rod in the city of Springfield one Wednesday in July. When she was arrested by police, she allegedly claimed she “didn’t understand what the problem was.”



PENNSYLVANIA: Crime did not pay well for him. Recently, police in Lancaster County, arrested Joseph Bishop, a 25-year-old from Mechanicville, NY, for allegedly breaking into more than a dozen cars in one night. Among the items he allegedly tool: $29.94 in loose change, dog treats, three packs of Tic Tacs, two key rings without keys and a pack of plastic cups.



PENNSYLVANIA: Does crime pay when the meter is running? We learn that a 65-year-old woman in Philly stole a taxi and went on to pick up a fare before police caught her, police said. A 23-year-old woman and her baby were in the back seat when police pulled over the taxi. The suspect was charged with grand theft auto and receiving stolen property. There is no word whether the passenger paid the fare.


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