Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Police arrest chicken who crossed the road

In their defense, the chicken was jaywalking, and the officer was doing his job.

Terrified girl reports possible alligator attack, police find chameleon

Police in in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, got a call from a terrified girl, who reported a crocodile in her family’s backyard, saying that it was about to attack her, and that it was flapping its tongue. That should have been a clue.

Students offered free beers for rats

In what promises to be great fun if you’re in Wellington, New Zealand, Victoria University’s Science Society is offering a free beer for every rat brought to them at The Hunter Lounge — dead or alive. The challenge promises to unleash, the joyously buzzed and intoxicated on a no doubt savvy and entrenched urban rat population.

Parakeet sucked into Shop-Vac

Okay, so no one got arrested and no one was killed, but we often bring you stories of weird accidents involving animals, and sometimes of horrific animal abuse. This report qualifies as a near-lethal, weird accident, and an good example of something never, ever to do to your bird.

So a guy and a tiger walk into a bar … really, in Illinois

A guy took a leashed tiger into a busy bar on a Sunday evening and ordered a beer. When the bartender asked what the tiger would be drinking, the man replied, Anything he wants. At least that’s how the old joke goes. Police aren’t laughing either.

Man reports frog stalker

An man in England alerted authorities recently about a single frog that was just sitting, waiting for him, at the bottom of the stairs to his house. He insisted that the frog was “harassing” him and wanted professional help removing it.

Horse dies in Amish drive-by buggy shooting

Police in East Lampeter Twp. are searching for suspects involved in what seems like a classic drive-by shooting with a twist. Drive-by shootings are usually a more urban phenomenon associated gang rivalries. This shooting was aimed at an Amish family in their horse and buggy. Luckily, the only one injured was the horse. Sadly, it died.

Family dog nearly dies from eating girl’s homework

An Englewood, Colorado, family hopes that their dog Reggie learned a lesson after eating the daughter’s homework. This homework was no term paper or take home quiz, as is usually associated with the classic “My dog ate my homework!” excuse; it was a scale model replica of Mt. Haleakala in Maui made of foam and candy.

Police in Chicago search for woman who may have dumped gator at O’Hare

Authorities in Chicago may have a lead on the person who ditched a live, immature alligator at O’Hare airport on November 1. The person in this surveillance still was seen riding a train to the airport with a live, immature alligator under her arm.

Slideshow: When animals turn to a life of crime

From the octopus that snatched a tourist’s camera, to the kangaroo that stalked women and approached them for sex, and even a shoplifting seagull; all the havoc and mayhem of animals turning to a life of crime.

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