Pantsless prowler beats it for the bushes
NAPLES, Florida (Court TV) -- A cunning couple helped cops collar a pantsless prowler.
Thomas and Jean Weibling first became suspicious when they arrived home to find their utility room door open. The couple had left it closed. The master bedroom door, which they had left open, was closed.
When a naked man sprinted from their bedroom and escaped through the front door, it was clear to the Weiblings that something was amiss.
After searching their home, the couple found a number of clues; an opened jewelry box in the bedroom, an opened beer in the office and a pair of unfamiliar denim shorts on their bed. The cut-offs contained the couple's biggest break: a wallet with the Florida ID of Walter Marcum Krodel, 47, the accused burglar.
After fleeing the Weibling home and trying unsuccessfully to get into the home of a neighbor, Krodel reportedly hid in the bushes. He was apprehended there shortly, unarmed and unclothed, and charged with burglary of a dwelling and resisting arrest without violence, said police.
Partygoers turn alleged kidnappers over missing keg
JEFFERSON, New Jersey -- A group of New Jersey partygoers may have gotten a little carried away in their pursuit of a good time.
Five men face kidnapping charges for allegedly holding a man hostage and threatening him for four hours because they believed he knew the whereabouts of their missing $60 keg of beer.
David Gonzalez, 20, was the host of the house party. He, along with Thomas Langdon, 23, Drew Turner, 20, Rene Mejia, 19, and Louis Petrocco, 18, are suspected of using a pipe and a paintball gun to threaten the 21-year-old alleged victim, whose name has not been released.
Police reportedly received a 911 call from one of the victim's friends but the officer who responded to Gonzalez's home spoke to several people, including the alleged victim, and found no evidence of wrongdoing and left.
"We got a call for a disturbance. There was a party going on. We confirmed that," said Jefferson police Sgt. Eric Wilsusen. "One of the officers spoke to the victim, who did not feel the need to report anything."
Sometime after the officers left, the man was accused of stealing the keg and was reportedly tied to a chair with belts by the five suspects and held against his will from about 2:30 a.m. to 6 a.m., according to police. At that point, someone else at the party spotted the missing keg outside the home.
The alleged victim, who was not seriously injured, was set free. He drove to the police station to report the incident. The five suspects were arrested at Gonzalez's house and charged with kidnapping, conspiracy, terrorist threats and drug possession.
Bread maker cooked over pilfered recipes
NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania -- A fierce roll rivalry led one baker on a covert James Bond-style break-in in search of a better bun, according to prosecutors.
Montgomery County prosecutors have charged Mazen Fathi Said, 30, of North Carolina with burglary, theft of trade secrets and related offenses stemming from five uninvited visits to a Norristown bakery known for its hearty hoagie rolls.
Said, who is being held on $2 million bail, has not yet retained an attorney, according to court officials.
In the early morning hours of June 14, surveillance cameras at the Morabito Baking Co. captured Said entering and leaving the bakery complex four different times without permission, according to court records.
During one alleged break-in, Said allegedly stole two binders of secret Morabito recipes and took them to his white van parked outside the complex. Another time he was seen videotaping the entire production area of the bakery, according to court records.
Said, clad in a stolen Morabito lab coat and hair net, allegedly entered the bakery the next day as well. While inspecting rolls, Said allegedly tried to enlist the help of Morabito employee Gordon McCoy, giving the man his phone number and saying that he wanted to start a bakery of his own and wanted McCoy to teach him how to bake the rolls.
McCoy, along with another Morabito employee, reportedly rebuffed the offer, according to the criminal complaint.
Michael Morabito III, the plant manager of the facility, told police that a company employee in the North Carolina Morabito distribution office reviewed the surveillance tapes and identified Said as the operator of a rival bakery in Greensboro.
When police searched Said's Famous Pita Bakery in Greensboro they reportedly found the missing Morabito lab coat and a map with instructions to the facility in Said's white van.
A subsequent search of Said's home turned up the recipe books, videotapes and the video camera used in the alleged Morabito mission, according to court papers.
An extradition hearing is scheduled for July 10 in Greensboro. Until then, authorities expect Said to stay in custody.