This Week in Weird, March 20

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Police say man tried to leave store with golf clubs in his pants

NATICK, Mass. -- A Danvers man's plan to sneak out of a store with four golf clubs shoved down his pants did not work out as planned, police said. His stiff-legged and noisy gait drew the attention of a clerk, who called police.

Peter A. Reidy, 39, was arrested at 11:52 a.m. after he tried to steal four Ping golf clubs valued at $360 from Golfers' Warehouse, police spokesman Lt. Brian Grassey said.

Reidy was leaving the store when the clerk saw him walk by and noticed one of his legs appeared stiffer than the other.

``Apparently our witness heard some clacking noises and saw (Reidy) walking by with golf clubs sticking out of one of his legs,'' Grassey said.

Reidy ran out of the store and tried to hide the clubs under a car in the parking lot, Grassey said. The clubs were part of a set that costs $700.

Reidy was charged with larceny over $250.

Cat picks school bus to deliver kittens

GREENWOOD, N.Y. -- Thursday morning started no different that any other day for Canisteo-Greenwood bus driver Karl Crittenden. It got a lot more interesting after he made his morning run.

Crittenden may just be the first school bus driver to complete trips to four territories with a cat that had just given birth to kittens on a bus — and not even know about it.

“I didn’t have a clue they were there. Of course, with my hearing that is not surprising,” said Crittenden, a driver for 25 years.

He was shocked when he went to throw away a winter hat on the floor behind a trash can and touched something soft and fury.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes. I noticed this tiger-looking thing, and there she was with all them kittens,” he said.

The cat was familiar to Crittenden, who with others had been helping to take care of her at the Greenwood bus garage since last November.

“She started hanging around the Dumpster, looking for food and stuff,” Crittenden said. As the weather grew colder they started allowing the cat to come into the bus garage because they felt bad for her.

Little is known about the healthy-looking gray-and-black tiger cat with hints of orange. She showed up at the bus garage in the fall of last year and is believed to be a stray. She has never been given a name.

“Maybe we’ll call her Nine, that’s the bus she was on; or Ninea,” said Crittenden.

Big fall for alleged shrimp thief

MIDDLETON, Mass. -- A Peabody woman remains in custody almost a week after her arrest inside a Middleton Market Basket for allegedly trying to steal several bags of shrimp. But even if 35-year-old Ann Cormier could leave, she would probably need assistance -- police say she broke her ankle trying to avoid her pursuers.

Middleton Police Chief James DiGianvittorio said Cormier was spotted by Market Basket employees with several 2-pound bags of shrimp stuffed underneath her coat last Tuesday. But instead of going quietly, Cormier climbed a 6-foot-tall display and then jumped into the next aisle, breaking her ankle in the process.

The bags of shrimp, DiGianvittorio said, were worth several hundred dollars.

Cormier was taken to Beverly Hospital by Middleton Police Officers Robert Currier and Adam Maccini. She stayed in the hospital overnight under the watch of a Middleton police officer until her arraignment at Salem District Court the following morning. She was charged with five counts of shoplifting by concealment and seven outstanding warrants related to drug-related charges, according to DiGianvittorio.

Thieves cut power to pharmacy, break through wall after stealing drugs

HUDSON, Mass. -- A daring drug heist has police on the search for thieves who cut the power to a Rite Aid Pharmacy early Monday morning, broke into the building through air duct work in the roof, stole a yet-to-be-determined amount of drugs and busted out by breaking a hole into an adjacent store, police said.

Police on patrol first noticed something was amiss early Monday morning when a sergeant noted a security monitor, usually aglow and visible from outside the pharmacy, was dark around 3 a.m.

Soon thereafter police found power lines leading to the rear of the building were cut and lying on the ground. The break-in caused no alarm to sound. The target of the heist was narcotics, police said.

Hudson and State Police, including a canine unit, searched the area thoroughly, but the culprits were still at large and the investigation ongoing, said Hudson Police Chief Richard Braga.

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