Odds & Ends

Odds & Ends

Devin D. O'Leary
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Dateline: England

Worst Batman villain ever? Welsh police are looking for a man dressed as beer bottle who stole two pizzas on New Year’s Day. The unidentified man was caught on CCTV cameras in the early morning hours of Jan. 1 at a Papa John’s Pizza in Barry, South Wales. According to
Barry & District News, the unidentified thief—dressed in a green foam Heineken beer bottle costume—entered a staff-only area, grabbed two pizzas and walked out. “We all know a few beers often leads to a takeaway,” a police spokesperson told the U.K.’s Daily Mail, “but this brazen beverage seems to have forgotten to pay for his.” Police released a photo of the costumed criminal. Anyone who recognizes the human beer bottle is asked to contact South Wales Police.

Dateline: China

Commuters passing through a tollbooth in Southwest China found themselves stuck after a motorist abandoned a camel ahead of them. A video recorded on Jan. 20 at a tollbooth in Chongqing shows the two-humped Bactrian camel blocking one of the tollbooth’s gates. The animal’s owner reportedly argued with toll workers over the cost of taking the camel through the tollbooth. Rather than pay the fee, the owner allegedly dumped the camel and went to eat at a nearby restaurant, leaving workers to deal with the animal. Police eventually tracked the owner down and made him remove the animal and pay a fine.

Dateline: Florida

According to the the
Daytona Beach News-Journal, a Port Orange man shot his stepson in what his public defender claimed was “self-defense” after an argument over a chili dog. Danny Holder, 68, allegedly shot 55-year-old Randall Lowen in the face in the kitchen of their residence on the morning of Jan. 23. According to the arrest report, the two men got into an argument the night before over food. Holder was apparently annoyed that Lowen was eating a chili dog. Jackie Holder, 75, told investigators that her husband threatened to shoot her son that night, so she hid Holder’s firearm in a drawer. On the morning of Monday, Jan. 23, Lowen was getting ready to go to work at his landscaping business when the stepson and his stepfather got into another argument. Holder reportedly got angry when Lowen asked him what time it was. Lowen then went into the kitchen where his mother asked him what the argument was about this time. Lowen began mimicking his stepfather, at which point Holder walked into the kitchen and pulled out a gun. Lowen was shot twice and died at the scene. The officer who investigated the shooting reported that he heard Holder say his stepson’s imitation of him was what drove him over the edge. According to the police affidavit, Holder mumbled, “This was the last straw” under his breath. Holder appeared in court the next day on charges of first-degree murder. That’s when Holder’s lawyer, Matt Phillips, argued that his client had acted in self-defense, saying Mr. Holder “had been attacked and felt the need to defend himself.” Mrs. Holder, who was in the kitchen at the time of the shooting, did not mention any attack on her husband to police. At the hearing on Tuesday, County Judge Shirley Green rejected Phillips’ request for bail. Interviewed by the News-Journal, Lowen’s brother Michael told reporters that his brother and stepfather got along,“as long as they’re not drinking.”

Dateline: Florida

Police in Pensacola got the best excuse ever after they found a naked man hanging out at a local car wash. According to the
Pensacola News Journal, dispatchers advised the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office that a naked man was seen standing in a car wash parking lot. When deputies arrived on the scene around 5:40am on the morning of Sunday, Jan. 22, they found 52-year-old Charles William Raulerson without pants and blaring music from his vehicle. When deputies asked Raulerson where his pants were, he told them, “They took off running by themselves without me.” Deputies asked Raulerson to sit in his vehicle to hide his shame, at which point he allegedly grabbed a screwdriver and threatened an officer. One deputy retrieved a taser from his vehicle and told Raulerson to stay in his car. At that point Raulerson allegedly exited the vehicle and was tased. Raulerson was charged with aggravated assault on an officer, a second-degree felony, and was taken to the Escambia County Jail where he was held on a $10,000 bond.

Compiled by Devin D. O'Leary. Email your weird news to devin@alibi.com.

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