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Boy with deformed face robbed of donation, support still pours in

The efforts have certainly not gone waste for the Sullivan family! Though they have been robbed of money they had collected for their 9-year-old son, Aidan Sullivan's surgery, support is still pouring in for them.

Thief takes $20K from safe, overlooks $80K

Fairbanks, Alaska -- Police in Alaska said a burglar raided a homeowner's safe but took only $20,000 of the $100,000 it contained.

Alaska State Troopers said the Fairbanks homeowner found the safe in the backyard Friday night with $80,000 still inside and the house doesn't appear to have been broken into, the Fairbanks Daily News Miner reported Monday.

Peters said investigators have identified a suspect and the incident does not appear to be related to any other area thefts.

"We're not going to be putting out (the name of) the neighborhood where it was," Peters said, "because we don't want to be telling people where to look for a safe that has, now, $80,000 in it."

Vendor stops Superman comic thief

New York -- A vendor at New York Comic-Con says he chased down a thief who snatched a $4,000 Superman comic, but an accomplice made off with an $11,000 issue.

Matt Nelson, co-owner of Worldwide Comics in Texas said he was manning a booth with partner Stephen Ritter when two men approached and took two expensive comics, a $4,000 Action Comics No. 11 starring Superman from 1939, and an $11,000 copy of Whiz Comics No. 2 from 1940, which featured the first appearance of Captain Marvel, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

Alleged tweezer thief: 'Dumbest thing'

Gig Harbor, Wash. -- Authorities in Washington state said a man facing theft and assault charges told deputies he did not need the tweezers he allegedly tried to steal.

Pierce County sheriff's deputies said Troy Montgomery, 48, walked into a pharmacy Friday in Gig Harbor and placed a pair of the store's tweezers in his pocket, The (Tacoma) News Tribune reported Thursday.

Montgomery threw the tweezers and tried to leave when a store employee confronted him and said she was calling police. Deputies said Montgomery shoved a pharmacist, who was blocking the door, causing the man to fall to the ground and incur a 3-inch cut to his arm.

Deputies said the suspect was detained by customers until they arrived.

Thief (animal activist?) takes pet rabbit

Darwen, England -- A British man said his 13-year-old daughter's pet rabbit was stolen by someone, possibly an animal activist, who left behind a note about "cruelty to animals."

Oliver Bailey, 38, of Darwen, England, said his daughter, Kiera Bailey, came downstairs Friday morning and discovered Barney, the rabbit she has owned for nine years, had been taken and replaced with a note, the Daily Mail reported Monday.

"Rabbits are social animals, they should not be left alone in a hutch with no interaction," the note read. "This rabbit has also got no exercise! This is cruelty to animals."

Police: 'Rattled' thief robs store

Madison, Wis. -- Wisconsin authorities said a man who robbed a convenience store Friday morning was "young-sounding" and seemed "extremely rattled."

Madison police said the robber, described as a black man standing between 5 feet, 10 inches and 6 feet tall, walked into the PDQ convenience store at about 3:20 a.m., The (Madison) Capital Times reported Friday.

"The store clerk said the young-sounding criminal appeared to be extremely rattled as he demanded money," police spokesman Joel DeSpain said.

He said the robber fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect did not show any weapons during the incident, police said.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI)

Police: Suspect bit police dog

San Diego -- San Diego police said they arrested a suspected car thief who bit a police dog while rolling down a canyon.

Lt. Phillip Jarvis said police received a call about a man tampering with a vehicle Monday morning and officers spotted a man matching the witness's description driving away from the area shortly after 5:30 a.m., the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Monday.

The man jumped out of the car and fled into the canyon on foot, Jarvis said. The man was found hiding in the canyon at about 6:30 a.m. and fought with a police dog, hitting and biting the canine while rolling down the canyon.

Jarvis said the man was arrested and taken to Alvarado hospital for treatment.

Police: Thief tried deposit box fishing

Orangeburg, S.C. -- Police in South Carolina said a would-be thief attempted to use fishing line and hooks to angle for bank deposit bags in a bank's night drop slot.

Capt. Ed Conner of the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety said First Citizen's Bank employees retrieved the bags Friday morning and discovered a hook embedded in one of the bags with fishing line dangling from the hook, The (Orangeburg, S.C.) Times and Democrat reported Thursday.

The employees found two other hooks and putty, believed to have been used as a weight, in the deposit box.

Police said bank security footage shows someone outside the facility at about 4:30 a.m.

Police: Thief replaced car wheels

Lancaster, Pa. -- Police in Pennsylvania said a thief who took a stereo and a GPS device from a car also took the wheels and replaced them with worn-out tires.

Investigators said a Lancaster Township man called police to report a window on his vehicle had been shattered and his wheels, stereo and GPS device were taken, the Intelligencer Journal, Lancaster, Pa., reported Wednesday.

Police said the thief replaced the wheels with four wheels bearing worn-out tires. The missing items were valued at a total $850.

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

Charlie Sheen’s stolen Mercedes found crashed

Los Angeles, February 6 -- Charlie Sheen’s Mercedes-Benz was stolen from his garage early Friday morning but the thief could not get too far. The car was located by the police on the same day about two miles from the actor’s home in a poor condition.