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A Pennsylvania man was convicted of slithering around theater floors and stealing moviegoers’ wallets and purses.

Anthony Johnson, 49, may have taken as much as $70,000 per week, according to authorities. Along with his accomplices, Johnson used the stolen credit cards and IDs to secure cash advances at local casinos. They also purchased thousands of dollars worth of goods from area retailers.

An accomplice testified against Johnson and detailed how the thefts occurred. Because the crimes necessitated purses on the floor, Johnson and a female accomplice would often buy tickets to female-oriented films like “Eat, Pray, Love” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” The pair sat in seats that allowed them a clear view of where the female patrons stored their handbags.

According to courtroom testimony, once the lights went down and the movie started, “Johnson crawled on the floor, removed credit cards from the stored purses, and returned the wallet to the purses.” Johnson would then buy things like gift cards, iPods, and sunglasses and sell them at discounted prices. Johnson had equipment that he used to make fake IDs to match the credit cards.

Now the jig is up. Johnson will be sentenced on January 14. He faces up to 10 years in prison on each of the seven charges of stealing credit cards. He also faces additional years behind bars due to his identity theft convictions.


Three Delaware day care employees have been accused of encouraging toddlers to fight each other while the children were under their care.

CBS Philly reported that Tiana Harris, 19, Lisa Parker, 47, and Estefania Myers, 21, employees of the Hands of Our Future Daycare in Dover, were arrested after a cellphone video emerged of them allegedly encouraging two 3-year-olds to fight in an organized battle.

Police said in the video one child is heard yelling, “He’s pinching me!” A day care worker allegedly responded, “No pinching, only punching.”

“It was a difficult video to watch,” Dover Police Capt. Tim Stump told  “One of the kids involved ran over to one of the adults for protection, but she turned him around back into the fight.”

The video was taken in March, Stump said. Two of the suspects could be seen encouraging the fight, while the other filmed it with her cellphone camera, he said.

Stump said neither of the toddlers suffered serious injuries, but said it was “painfully clear that they were hurting each other.”

“The bottom line is that the kids were whaling on each other and the adults were doing nothing to stop it,” Stump said. “In fact, they were egging it on.”

Parents of day care students went to a meeting Monday and were informed about the alleged video. Stump said the parents voiced concern, but commended them for their composure.

“It’s very disturbing to think anything like that could go on,” Amy Bickerling, whose 4-year-old son is enrolled at the center, told Delaware Online. “I know these teachers. I go on all the field trips. I’ve never seen anything irregular.”

Stump said a full investigation is under way. There is no evidence yet to suggest these fights occurred more than once, but authorities will be conducting interviews  with some of the students, he said.

He called the suspects “cooperative” and said they posted $10,000 bond.

The three women were charged with assault, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangering and conspiracy.

Thanks to D.K. for bringing this to the attention of the It’s Interesting community.


One man was shot to death by Miami police, and another man is fighting for his life after he was attacked, and his face allegedly half eaten, by a naked man on the MacArthur Causeway off ramp Saturday, police said.
The horror began about 2 p.m. when a series of gunshots were heard on the ramp, which is along NE 13th Street, just south of The Miami Herald building.
According to police sources, a road ranger saw a naked man chewing on another man’s face and shouted on his loud speaker for him to back away.Meanwhile, a woman also saw the incident and flagged down a police officer who was in the area.
The officer, who has not been identified, approached and, seeing what was happening, also ordered the naked man to back away. When he continued the assault, the officer shot him, police sources said. The attacker failed to stop after being shot, forcing the officer to continue firing. Witnesses said they heard at least a half dozen shots.
Miami police were on the scene, which was just south of The Miami Herald building on Biscayne Boulevard. The naked man who was killed lay face down on the pedestrian walkway just below the newspaper’s two-story parking garage. Police have requested The Herald’s video surveillance tapes.
The other man was transported to the hospital with critical injuries, according to police. Their identities were not released.
The incident, which came as crowds descended upon South Beach for the annual Urban Beach Week hip-hop festival, snarled traffic on the causeway for several hours.
In a text message, Javier Ortiz, spokesman for Miami police’s Fraternal Order of Police, said the officer who fired the fatal shots was “a hero.”
“Based on the information provided, our Miami police officer is a hero and saved a life,’’ he said.
Sergeant Altarr Williams, supervisor of Miami police’s Homicide Unit, said a man doesn’t have to be armed to be dangerous.
“There are other ways to injure people,’’ Williams said. “Some people know martial arts, others are very strong and can kill you with their hands.’’
Investigators believe the victim may have been homeless and laying down when the crazed man pounced.
Police theorize the attacker might have been suffering from “cocaine psychosis,” a drug-induced craze that bakes the body internally and often leads the affected to strip naked to try and cool off.

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A neighbour from hell has been jailed after he spent a decade ordering hundreds of unwanted taxis, takeaways and two tons of coal to the homes of his victims.

Paul Hayward’s campaign of harassment saw him throw mud, food and rubbish into their gardens and plague them with more than 150 silent phone calls.

His former neighbours spoke of their relief as he was sentenced to 14 months in prison after he breached an anti-social behaviour order on 19 occasions.

Patricia Jones and Jim and Jill Thomas told Newport Crown Court how the 49-year-old father of two made their lives a misery.

Hayward’s house in Machen, South Wales, was sold last month, marking the end of his neighbours’ ordeal.

Ms Jones, 67, said: ‘It was ten years of hell. We couldn’t relax, we were constantly waiting and thinking “what is he going to do next?”

‘Now he has gone, we are no longer thinking “is it because he’s spying on us?” when it’s quiet.’

She looked after Hayward’s two children when he moved in ten years ago and believes the problems started after she was unable to continue.

He began banging and scratching her walls, she said, throwing stones on her roof and constantly watching her.

Ms Jones said: ‘It wasn’t one week here, one week there – it was constant.’

She also believes he was behind more than 100 unwanted taxis and Chinese meals being ordered to her house over a ten-year period.

Mr Thomas, 71, and Mrs Thomas, 65, said Hayward began picking on their 43-year-old daughter Rachel – who suffers from cerebral palsy – using his car and wheelie bin to block her access.

He would play loud music and bombard them with abuse, they added.

Mr Thomas said Hayward also threw mud, eggs, stones and food at their property and installed cameras and mirrors in his garden so he could watch them.

He added: ‘Now he’s gone, we can at last have a family life here.’

On Friday Hayward was given 12 months for making persistent silent phone calls to the Thomases – with the court hearing 100 of these were made over a 24-hour period last December.

He was sentenced to a further four months, to run concurrently, for ordering two tons of coal and a taxi to Ms Jones’ address in January, and two months for making hoax calls to Gwent Police last November, to run consecutively.

In mitigation, Hayward’s counsel Jeff Jones said his client wanted to cause stress to his victims, not fear, and has made a fresh start since moving to a different address.

The offences amount to a total of 19 breaches of an ASBO imposed in July 2007, preventing Hayward from obstructing his neighbours, assaulting or threatening them or using abusive language. He has been jailed for previous breaches.

Sentencing Hayward, Judge David Morris said he had caused stress to his neighbours.
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