Money Matters - Simplified


Police: PlayStation led to road ramming

Allentown, Pa. -- Police in Pennsylvania said a man allegedly ran his girlfriend's car off the road because she took away his PlayStation video game console.

Colleen Frable told Lehigh Township police she decided to take the video game system with her to work Friday morning because she was angry at her live-in boyfriend, Darren Suchon, 42, for playing all day instead of finding a job, The Morning Call, Allentown, Pa., reported Wednesday.

Frable said Suchon took her 1996 gold Porsche sports car and used it to ram her off the road while she was on her way to work, the newspaper reported.

Worker finds nude man at desk

Oklahoma City -- Police in Oklahoma said a man returned from his lunch break to discover a naked man sitting at his desk and viewing pornography on his computer.

Oklahoma City police said the worker told police he did not know Thursday's nude intruder and the man was not a co-worker at the business in the 3900 block of NW 10, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, reported Wednesday.

The employee told police he asked the man what he was doing at his desk and the suspect said he was "cleaning and trying to make some money."

Curtis John Halberstadt, 57, was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure and public indecency. He was jailed in lieu of $2,000 bail.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Alleged robber: 'Is this a bad idea?'

La Crosse, Wis. -- Police in Wisconsin said a robbery suspect interrupted an attack on an intended victim to ask whether his crime was a "bad idea."

La Crosse police said a Viterbo University student walking to the campus fine arts center late Wednesday noticed a man following him for about a block before the man started attempting to punch him and jump on his back, the La Crosse Tribune reported Wednesday.

However, the student told police the man abruptly stopped his attack to ask: "Is this a bad idea?"

The attacker gave his name as "Mason" and the student advised him to go home and sleep, police said.

Fake grenade sparks school evacuation

Philadelphia -- Police in Philadelphia said a charter school was evacuated Wednesday morning when a grenade, later found to be fake, was discovered in front of the building.

Investigators said the Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School was evacuated Wednesday after a student brought the fake grenade to school and left it out front, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday.

The police bomb squad was called in and determined the item was a fake, the newspaper said. Officers said the all-clear was sounded and the school was reopened at about 9 a.m.

Police said they were questioning the student who brought the faux-explosive to school, but it was unclear whether any charges would be filed.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Man faked robbery to avoid repaying loan

Boynton Beach, Fla. -- Police in Florida said a 25-year-old man told them he falsified an armed robbery to avoid repaying a $400 loan from his mother.

Boynton Beach Police said Leon Murray told officers he was robbed of $400 cash, a bank card and a .45-caliber Taurus handgun Sept. 20, but he later admitted during questioning that he invented the story because of the debt, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Friday.

Investigators said the handgun Murray reported stolen had been pawned several months earlier.

Murray was charged with one count of making a false report to law enforcement and arrested on an unrelated misdemeanor warrant, police said.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Police, helicopter chase phone thief

Palo Alto, Calif. -- Police in California said a Droid smartphone thief escaped capture despite pursuit by three law enforcement agencies and a sheriff's helicopter.

Palo Alto police said the suspect, described as a thin black man age 16-25, approached a pedestrian at about 5:51 p.m. and asked to borrow a cellphone, the Palo Alto Daily News reported Thursday.

However, the suspect pocketed the phone and rode away on a bike that investigators said they believe was stolen earlier.

Palo Alto police Agent Max Nielepko said an officer lost track of the suspect during a foot chase and officers from Los Altos and Mountain View police department joined the search and a Santa Clara County sheriff's helicopter that was already in the area provided assistance.

Cash flies from back of armored car

Indianapolis -- Motorists and passersby took to an Indianapolis street to retrieve money that spilled onto the road from the back of an armored car, officials said.

Indianapolis police said they do not know what caused the armored car to drop bundles of cash on the street at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in the city's downtown. There have been no official estimates on how much cash was originally in the vehicle and how much was lost, the Indianapolis Star reported Thursday.

Police credited Timothy Wentworth, 53, and his wife, Viki, for calling 911 and helping to secure the money in their van until police arrived.

Police: Robber had dogs in car

Bremerton, Wash. -- Police in Washington state said a woman who aborted her bank robbery attempt with no cash had two small dogs waiting in her getaway car.

Bremerton police said the 46-year-old suspect, whose name was not released, approached a teller Monday at the Kitsap Bank and handed a teller a robbery note implying she had a weapon, the Bremerton Patriot reported Wednesday.

However, police said no weapon was displayed and the woman left the bank without any money.

The woman was arrested about 5 minutes after the incident in a nearby grocery store parking lot -- with the dogs in the car, police said.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Woman charged in feces fling

Belmont, Mass. -- Police in Massachusetts said a woman who allegedly threw a bag of dog feces into a car window is facing assault and battery with a dangerous weapon charges.

\Belmont police said the woman admitted to throwing the bag of dog feces at the dark colored sedan, which she said was speeding while she was walking her dog down Stone Road Sept. 30, the Belmont Citizen-Herald reported Wednesday.

The driver of the car said the dog feces "splattered across his face, and the remaining matter soiled the front of the car," the police report said.

Robber tells store clerks to call 911

Fullerton, Calif. -- A California man who held up a convenience store with a fake gun and then told employees to call 911 was arrested, police said.

Police say Ivine Love, 18, entered a 7-Eleven in Fullerton, Calif., Tuesday afternoon and demanded money, The Orange County Register reported.

Store clerk Sama Lakhani said that the man did not seem intimidating except for the gun he held.

"I was at the sandwich/Slurpee area making sure everything was in the right place," she said. "The guy came in and said 'Give me the money, or otherwise call the police.'"

Another clerk behind the counter had already triggered the silent robbery alarm, but complied with the man in calling 911.