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Crime and Bewilderment: Bizarre criminal cases from around the world in 2019

From biting a shopkeeper’s ear on being denied a freebie to buying a car with monopoly money, crimes of 2019 that are extremely peculiar.

By Abhirup Dam in Kolkata
  • Published 31.12.19, 4:44 PM
  • Updated 31.12.19, 4:49 PM
  • 3 mins read
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Here are incidents from 2019 which demonstrate how, more often than expected, some crimes are truly bizarre. Image used for representational purpose. Shutterstock

People around the world have long pondered the idea of a perfect crime. A crime so flawlessly perpetrated that it will never lead to the identification or apprehension of the guilty. Alas, as Dostoevsky once noted, “It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.” Here are incidents from 2019 which demonstrate how, more often than expected, some crimes are truly bizarre.

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Paan mania

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A 28-year-old man named Shalu bit the left ear and the lower lip of a paan vendor Lucknow’s Alambagh area when the latter refused to give him free paan. Image used for representational purpose.
A 28-year-old man named Shalu bit the left ear and the lower lip of a paan vendor Lucknow’s Alambagh area when the latter refused to give him free paan. Image used for representational purpose. Shutterstock
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A 28-year-old man named Shalu bit the left ear and the lower lip of a paan vendor Lucknow’s Alambagh area when the latter refused to give him free paan. The accused, a videographer by profession, was later arrested by the police.

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Every penny counts

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Thieves made off with
Thieves made off with "significant quantity" ($30,000) of Canadian currency – all in $1 and $2 bills. Image used for representational purpose. Shutterstoc
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Thieves made off with "significant quantity" ($30,000) of Canadian currency – all in $1 and $2 bills – from a collectibles store in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. The bills, which went out of circulation decades ago when they were replaced by loonie and toonie coins are still legal tender. 

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Money sweet money

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A 20-year-old woman was arrested in Germany for her unabashed attempt to buy a €15,000 car with fake currency notes. Image used for representational purpose.
A 20-year-old woman was arrested in Germany for her unabashed attempt to buy a €15,000 car with fake currency notes. Image used for representational purpose. Shutterstock
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A 20-year-old woman was arrested in Germany for her unabashed attempt to buy a €15,000 car with fake currency notes. It didn’t take employees long to detect the fraud as the fake banknotes had been printed on a cheap inkjet printer using regular printing paper.

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Avocado attack

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A 47-year-old resident of southern Israel stole nearly $8,300 from two Beersheba banks after threatening staff with an avocado he had painted black to make it look like a grenade.
A 47-year-old resident of southern Israel stole nearly $8,300 from two Beersheba banks after threatening staff with an avocado he had painted black to make it look like a grenade. Shutterstock
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An Israeli man was arrested for robbing two banks with the help of an unusual weapon. The unidentified 47-year-old resident of southern Israel stole nearly $8,300 from two Beersheba banks after threatening staff with an avocado he had painted black to make it look like a grenade.

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Crime patterns

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A Kansas man was arrested driving a stolen SUV to bail out his brother. Image used for representational purpose.
A Kansas man was arrested driving a stolen SUV to bail out his brother. Image used for representational purpose. Shutterstock
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A Kansas man was arrested driving a stolen SUV to bail out his brother, who had been jailed hours earlier for stealing a separate SUV.

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Earnest robbery

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A bank robber in Ohio demanded money using a piece of paper with his name on it. Image used for representational purpose.
A bank robber in Ohio demanded money using a piece of paper with his name on it. Image used for representational purpose. Shutterstock
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A bank robber in Ohio demanded money using a piece of paper with his name on it. Police say 54-year-old Michael Harrell walked up to the counter at a U.S. Bank branch in Cleveland on Monday. He wrote the hold-up note to the teller on the back of a document from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, complete with his name and address. Needless to say, he was soon apprehended.

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Wheelchair thief

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A man wearing reindeer slippers shamelessly forced a woman out of her wheelchair and tried to make off with it. Image used for representational purpose.
A man wearing reindeer slippers shamelessly forced a woman out of her wheelchair and tried to make off with it. Image used for representational purpose. Shutterstock
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A man wearing reindeer slippers shamelessly forced a woman out of her wheelchair and tried to make off with it. CCTV released by police in Phoenix, Arizona, shows the woman trying to hold on to her wheelchair during the shocking incident on a train. Other passengers tackled the man and eventually managed to grab the wheelchair from him, causing him to flee down the platform empty-handed.

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Steal from thy prospective employer

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A man who applied for a job at a store in Wyoming allegedly stole from the shop twice on the same day, according to investigators. Image used for representational purpose.
A man who applied for a job at a store in Wyoming allegedly stole from the shop twice on the same day, according to investigators. Image used for representational purpose. Shutterstock
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A man who applied for a job at a store in Wyoming allegedly stole from the shop twice on the same day, according to investigators. The unidentified 36-year-old man visited Sportsman's Warehouse in Gillette and bought some items with a rewards card, but did not pay for a pair of sunglasses and ammunition while he was there. Police were notified of theft at the store. Three hours later, they were called again after the suspect again visited the location — this time, to ask for a job.

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Wig jig

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Police at Barcelona airport arrested a Colombian man suspected of trying to smuggle half a kilo of cocaine into Spain concealed under his wig. Image used for representational purpose.
Police at Barcelona airport arrested a Colombian man suspected of trying to smuggle half a kilo of cocaine into Spain concealed under his wig. Image used for representational purpose. Shutterstock
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Police at Barcelona airport arrested a Colombian man suspected of trying to smuggle half a kilo of cocaine into Spain concealed under his wig. Officers noted that the passenger, who had arrived on a flight from Bogotá, seemed extremely nervous. However, what most attracted their attention was the size, and in particular, the height of his wig. When they asked him to remove his wig the officers found a packet containing 503 gm of cocaine glued to his head.

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Iguana assault

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A man was accused of pulling an iguana from under his shirt and throwing it at an Ohio restaurant manager.
A man was accused of pulling an iguana from under his shirt and throwing it at an Ohio restaurant manager. Shutterstock
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A man was accused of pulling an iguana from under his shirt and throwing it at an Ohio restaurant manager. The animal suffered a broken leg

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