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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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A man who was desperate for some cigarettes in the middle of the night used a stolen snowmobile to crash through the glass windows of a store, according to police in Michigan.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office said that they have arrested 38-year-old Michael P. Stark after being accused of breaking into the store and stealing cigarettes and lottery tickets.

Stark was charged with breaking and entering with intent to commit a larceny, unlawfully stealing a motor vehicle, and larceny in a building.

In addition to the robbery-related charges, Stark is facing one count of assaulting, obstructing, or resisting police.

According to the police investigation, Stark found a snowmobile and used it to break the glass doors of Dore's Party Store. He then entered the store through the broken doors and took cigarettes and lottery tickets.

Stark then fled the scene with the stolen snowmobile.

Police officers who responded to the scene followed the snowmobile tracks and found Stark. Security surveillance at the store recorded the moment Stark crashed through the doors with the snowmobile.

If convicted, Stark faces up to 10 years in prison.


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Police in Houston said officers raided a supposed Zumba dance studio in the city and seized dozens of illegal gambling machines. Members of the Major Officers Unit raided the illegal game room in a strip mall in Southwest Houston. The facility "was masquerading as a Zumba Dance room," investigators said, "but inside were only illegal electronic gaming devices." Officers arrested an attendant seized more than 40 motherboards from the illegal machines, as well as thousands of dollars in cash. The constabulary quipped there is "no dancing around gambling laws in Precinct 5." "Game rooms are not just illegal in Texas," the statement said. "They and their customers are often targets for other types of crime due to large amounts of cash on hand and patrons who are often elderly. Operators of these establishments are often reluctant to report crimes to the proper authorities due to the illegal nature of their businesses."

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LEWIS; You ask "Where does a 14-year-old get counterfeit money?" These days with color copier/printers that anyone can hook up to their home computers it is actually easy for anyone including teens to manufacture passable counterfeit bills and may be done more often than we realize. -R.S.

I'm surprised a 14-year-old has the driving skills to pull people over and perform all these maneuvers. Isn't the driving age 16? And even still, most 16-year-olds can barely back out of the driveway.

So $378 million worth of gold and diamonds fell out of a plane in Russia. Something tells me some ground crew personnel met the dangerous end of an AK-47 after that little cock-up.

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