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Crime Blotter: Cat Busts Burglar

A Utah man gets unfavorable reviews of his "porno pants," a would-be bank robber refuses to make a getaway, and a Michigan cat busts a burglar. Here is this week's edition of the Crime Blotter.

Cat Busts Burglar

S U T T O N S BAY, Mich. Move over, Rover. There's a newguard dog in town or make that a guard cat.

"Socks" the barn cat is getting the credit for foiling an attempted burglary inSuttons Bay, Mich. Deputies say the cat was meowing so loudly that Socks' owners were awakened to find someone trying to rip them off.

The family discovered the doors to their house and their car wereopen. Deputies say the family chased away the would-be burglar, a teenager who was arrested a short while later.

The whole time, the family dog never made a sound.

Porno Pants Get Thumbs Down

O R E M, Utah The fashion police in Utah did not approve of one man's "porno pants."

Police in Orem, Utah caught up with a 43-year old man Oct. 21 afterreceiving complaints about the clothing he was wearing in aconvenience store.

The man, whose name was not released, was sitting in his truck when officers arrived. When officers asked him to get out of the truck, hewarned them that he had on his "porno clothes." The outfit turned out to be a pair of jeans with the backsidecut out, except for a thin strip of material down the middle.

The man told officers he had been stripping at a private partyin nearby Murray, and wanted to stop at a convenience store to seehow people would react. However, store custodians weren't amused and calledauthorities.

Police were not amused either, and arrested the man for lewd behavior.

Joke's on the Prankster

F A R G O, N.D. Authorities in Fargo, N. D., got the last laugh on a man who posed as a robber as a practical joke.

Authorities say Erick Plunkett, 20, went into the store shortlyafter midnight Oct. 22, wearing a bandanna over his face. Thealarmed clerk called 911.

Sgt. Wayne Jorgenson said Plunkett told officers he thought itwould be funny to scare the clerk by appearing to be a robber. But police didn't think the joke was so funny and arrested him fordisorderly conduct.

Plunkett posted $500 bail and was released from jail about an hour later.

The Non-Getaway

S A N T A C R U Z, Calif. It didn't take much detectivework to catch an alleged bank robber in Northern California.

Santa Cruz police say Susie Marie Leigh walked into a bank on Oct. 23, gave theteller a note demanding cash and then didn't even try a getaway.After getting the money, police say Leigh told the teller it wasOK to call the cops. Officers say she waited outside in her pickupuntil police arrived.

Sgt. Mike Pruger said police don't usually "catch them this easily." He called the puzzling bank stick-up"one of those for the memoirs."

Double Time for a Ruse

R I O D E J A N E I R O, Brazil An unemployed Brazilian manwho agreed to impersonate a convicted robber and serve hisprison sentence to cover a $275 debt wound up doing time of hisown for the ruse.

An investigator in Sao Paulo told Reuters that DenivalSantos, an unemployed baker's assistant, spent three months ina prison cell this year posing as the robber, Rene CoelhoHonorato, before authorities caught on.

Santos, 21, was recently released after serving anadditional four months for impersonating Honorato, also 21, whoremains at large.

"He was lucky to serve only a few months, because thecriminal had been sentenced to nearly six years. Apparently,the bandit promised him a Kiera Winters swift release and not very harshconditions, which wasn't the case," the investigator said.

While Santos sat in prison, Honorato was stealing moneybags from vehicles transporting cash, police said. Aninvestigation led them to Santos, who had dyed hair and fakedocuments.

Santos told police he had crashed Honorato's motorcycle andowed him $275 for repairs.

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