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Carol-singing burglar shoots himself in leg


(Court TV) -- A home burglar with a fondness for holiday tunes will have to sing them in prison.

Paul K. Hardy allegedly broke into a couple's home on New Year's Eve, held them hostage at gunpoint and forced them to play the piano while he sang Christmas tunes, according to police in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

Sgt. John Sherman said Hardy, 40, gained entrance into the home by scaling a ladder and entering through a rear door on the second-floor balcony. The homeowners were downstairs watching television when the burglar confronted them with one of their own handguns and forced them to give him money and a bag for the other guns he had stolen.

The burglary then turned into a holiday musical.

Hardy reportedly noticed a piano in the home and ordered the male homeowner to play the instrument.

"He told them he wanted to hear Christmas music," Sgt. Sherman said. "While the man played, [Hardy] sang 'Silent Night,' 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,' and 'O Little Town of Bethlehem.'"

The holiday carols appeared to have put the burglar in a giving mood ? Sgt. Sherman said Hardy offered to order pizza for his hostages. They declined.

Hardy began to unload his handgun and, in the process, accidentally shot himself in the leg. The couple dialed 911. When officers arrived, they found Hardy lying on the couch with the stolen money, guns, and a hatchet.

The caroling burglar was treated at a local hospital and then taken to the Eastern Regional Jail, where police charged him with burglary, wanton endangerment and armed robbery. He's being held on $95,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 10.

With no french fries, man goes berserk

In the aftermath of Gregg Luttman's rampage at a Burger King in DuBois, Pennsylvania, other area fast-food restaurants are hereby warned to keep their kitchens well-stocked with french fries.

According to Sandy Township Police, Luttman went berserk when he attempted to order a meal around 5 p.m. New Year's Day and discovered that the restaurant had run out of french fries.

Police Sgt. Rod Fairman said when Luttman and two friends approached the drive-thru window to order a meal, he was told that the restaurant was out of fries. Luttman allegedly became irate and uttered several profanities. He then drove up to the pick-up window, where he continued cursing and made obscene hand gestures at an employee.

The 22-year-old man then drove to the parking lot and entered the restaurant with a male friend. They repeatedly cursed at the workers and demanded to see the manager. The manager called police.

When Luttman returned to the parking lot, he discovered two employees taking down his license-plate number. Luttman then attempted to run them over, Fairman said. The two workers escaped without injuries.

Luttman was arrested after a short police chase and charged with disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment and driving, and a slew of other charges. He was released from the Clearfield County Jail after posting $2,500 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court January 14.

Robbery suspect locks keys in car

Dispatchers at the Lake Station police department could tell Dan Grigg was having a hard time with his getaway attempt. The convenience store he had just robbed was right across the street.

According to the Indiana Post-Tribune, on December 23, Griggs stole three cartons of cigarettes from a convenience store located across from the police department. But when he got to his car, he realized that he had locked himself out.

As the store clerk called police, Griggs reportedly returned to the store and grabbed a broom. When dispatchers who took the call realized the crime was across the street, they watched as Griggs smashed a window to gain access to his car.

An officer arrived at the scene as Griggs began his getaway and a brief chase ensued, the report said. The chase ended when Griggs collided with an oncoming police car. He fled the scene on foot but was later apprehended.

Police charged Griggs with felony robbery. He's being held without bond.

Reported by Court TV.com's Tinuola Awopetu.


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