Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Now Featuring - Michigan's Dumb Criminals

Police: Man's snowy footprints lead to his arrest
I'd say he didn't get the drift:
Police on Monday said a woman saw the man walk away from her car with a drill she bought.

Officers followed footprints to an apartment in the community about 30 miles west-southwest of Detroit and heard people inside arguing about stolen property.

. . .officers searched the apartment and didn't find the drill, but identified a man who fit the suspect's description and whose shoe size and tread matched footprints left in the snow.

Police detained the man and followed another trail of footprints from the apartment to a Dumpster, where they recovered the drill.

FBI: Mich. pair tried to extort actor John Stamos
It could have been worse - they could have tried extorting Chuck Norris and ended up getting kicked into next year:
Prosecutors have charged two people with threatening to sell photos of actor John Stamos unless he paid them $680,000. The actor's spokesman said Tuesday that the pictures were benign.

Allison Coss and Scott Sippola were arrested Dec. 3 on an extortion charge at an airport near Marquette, 450 miles north of Detroit. An undercover FBI agent posing as a representative of Stamos had arranged to meet them there. . . During a search of a Marquette home shared by the pair, the FBI found pieces of paper with Stamos' cell phone number and the names and phone numbers of three tabloid magazines.

Kilpatrick booster pleads guilty to felony tax charge
Ah, the Kilpatrick magic, the mayoral gift that keeps on giving and grants felonies to fellow conspirators:
A homeless shelter operator who lavished nonprofit money on funds controlled by former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and other politicians faces a possible two-year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony tax charge.

Jon Rutherford, 60, of Orchard Lake, who headed the nonprofit group Metro Emergency Services Inc., was indicted in 2006 along with his former controller, Judith Bugaiski, 51, of Sterling Heights. Rutherford and Bugaiski are to be sentenced May 20 after each pleaded guilty to a five-year conspiracy charge in front of U.S. District Judge Marianne O. Battani.

Among the allegations was that Rutherford diverted about $750,000 from his Highland Park homeless shelter to make illegal political donations to Kilpatrick and others. Rutherford allegedly pumped tens of thousands into Kilpatrick's nonprofit, the Kilpatrick Civic Fund, and paid tens of thousands in consulting fees to the former mayor's father, Bernard N. Kilpatrick.

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