Teen signs for neighbor's online package, gets arrested

These days, we seem to be buying more and more things online. Which means more deliveries come to our doors, sometimes at odd hours.

When we're out, there's an expectation that a neighbor might sign for it. We'd do it for them, after all.

On occasion, this can get us into trouble. It did for one teenager in the UK, who signed for a delivery on his neighbor's behalf and promptly got arrested.

As the Telegraph reports it, 19-year-old James Sutcliffe had no idea what was inside the package.

The police thought they did, however. So … Read more

Wanted man shares police Facebook update (his mugshot)

I keep telling you that this sharing thing will get you into trouble.

But you won't listen.

Every day, lovers are caught sharing with people who aren't their lovers. Employees are caught sharing their NSFW exploits of the previous night. And men who interest the police try to share their contempt for their pursuers.

Police in Freeland, Penn., suggest that Anthony James Lescowitch was one such man. Wanted on a charge of aggravated assault (and several others), he allegedly couldn't help himself when he saw a Facebook update featuring his mugshot.

Yes, of course it was on … Read more

iPhone, iPad most popular devices among NYC crooks

The iPhone and iPad are chart-toppers among criminals as well as consumers.

The New York Police Department recorded more than 8,000 thefts of Apple's mobile products last year, The Wall Street Journal said late Sunday. That number is more than 18 percent of all the grand larcenies reported to the department in 2013. In comparison, there were only 25 grand larcenies involving Apple products recorded in 2002, a year after the first iPod debuted.

Thefts of Apple products now are so widespread that the NYPD tracks the brand. Many of these Apple product thefts occur on public transportation … Read more

Dallas police chief proudly announces firings on Twitter

In distant times, when TV screens were no bigger than human heads, discretion was valued.

Feelings mattered and decorum was observed.

But in our world of anything goes -- and hopefully goes public -- old-fashioned concepts bite the dust like dying flies.

Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised, therefore, that Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown likes to announce when he's fired someone on his Twitter account.

To celebrate the new year, for example, Brown chose December 30 as the moment to socially announce the firing of five police officers and a 911 call operator.

As Vocativ reports, each is given the tombstone of their own tweet. For example: "I have terminated 911 Call Taker Moises Limon today for driving while under the influence and not reporting his arrest to his supervisor."… Read more

Why more people are training their cell phones on police

In the movies, when police come calling, the ordinary citizen has two options: quake or pull out a gun.

In recent time, however, people have realized that they have a third, quite potent option: the cell phone.

They know that if they can film the experience, disbelief will have to be suspended, because the evidence is all too clear.

The latest example of a seemingly innocent man encountering a peculiar visit from a policeman comes from Long Island.

What the filmed evidence seems to show is a policeman wandering onto the man's private driveway and suggesting that it's … Read more

Police chief threatens Facebook pot critic with arrest

The police don't have a perfect record with respect to social networking.

Sometimes, they appear to show the nature of their underskirts for all to see.

One example may be Ruben Santiago, the interim police chief of Columbia, S.C.

As Popehat reports, Santiago leaped to his department's Facebook page to crow about the seizure of $40,000 worth of marijuana.

Not everyone was quite as impressed. One poster, Brandon Whitmer, tossed a riposte: "Maybe u should arrest the people shooting people in 5 points instead of worrying about a stoner that's not bothering anyone. It'… Read more

Police using big rigs to catch texting drivers

Police ingenuity knows no bounds these days.

No sooner had we heard that some police forces were shooting GPS bullets out of their car grills than another piece of agile thinking lumbered its way to our attention.

In Tennessee, police have become a tad frustrated with their inability to catch texter-drivers.

After all, police cars are at the same level as many others. They're lower down than SUVs. So what to do?

Get yourself a big rig, that's what.… Read more

Woman gets ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving

Google Glass wearers may want to think twice before wearing their high-tech specs behind the wheel, at least in California.

Cecilia Abadie said she was ticketed by a police officer for wearing Google Glass while driving through the sunny West Coast state. The exact line as written on the ticket said: "Driving with Monitor visible to Driver (Google Glass)."

Abadie said the actual law tells drivers not to "drive a vehicle equipped with a video monitor, if the monitor is visible to the driver and displays anything other than vehicle information global mapping displays, external media player (MP3), or satellite radio information."… Read more

Police firing GPS tracking 'bullets' at cars during chases

Car chases are exciting, but fraught.

One slip of the wheel, one errant pedestrian, one drunken driver, and difficult consequences may follow.

Police in Iowa and Florida, however, seem to have taken the counsel of Q from the "Bond" movies.

Instead of constantly hurtling after potential madmen, they have found an entirely new method of tracking their cars.

It's called Starchase. Essentially, it's a cannon that fires "bullets" that are sticky GPS devices.… Read more

Google Earth helps cops nab suspected marijuana grower

Oregon police have gotten savvy to some satellite surveillance technology: Google Earth.

That's right, the authorities in the southern corner of that state used Google Earth to nab a man suspected of growing more than his fair share of medical marijuana, according to the Grants Pass Daily Courier.

Apparently, the police caught word that Curtis W. Croft had been bragging about the prodigious weed crops he had been cultivating on his property. Checking out Google Earth, the police saw what looked to be satellite images of rows and rows of plants.

After verifying the crops with an aircraft, the … Read more