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2009-09-05 11:39:58

Former Baltimore and Cleveland offensive tackle Orlando Zeus Brown was free Saturday after being arrested on burglary charges, court papers indicate. Baltimore County District Court documents indicate Brown's former wife, Mira Brown, accused the ex-football player of breaking into her Cockeysville, Md., home while she was away on vacation, allegedly tearing down curtains, defecating in a basement toilet and ransacking her closet, The Baltimore Sun reported. An arrest warrant was issued for...

2009-09-02 14:01:16

Police responding to a reported burglary in New York said they ended up arresting the apartment's occupants for possession of marijuana plants. Investigators said Scott Ortega, 53, reported a burglary Sunday at the apartment he shares with Jack Scelzo, 53, and Lawrence Machese, 56. Responding officers said they found a large, potted marijuana plant on the apartment's living room table and 15 additional plants on the deck, the New York Post reported Wednesday. Ortega claimed ownership of the...

2009-08-31 09:30:09

An Atlanta couple whose home was burglarized twice within 10 months again has posted surveillance video of the crime on YouTube, authorities said. Dan and Alyssa Kopp doubled the number of surveillance cameras in and around their home after thieves made off with a flat-screen television and a laptop computer in October 2008, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday. The Kopps' belongings were recovered within a week and the alleged thieves arrested after someone saw the YouTube...

2009-08-18 11:32:18

Toronto police had very little investigating to do into a double store burglary thanks to the alleged thief leaving his wallet behind. Police said a man broke into a hair salon early Saturday and leisurely emptied the cash register of $120, smoked a cigarette and then took a bathroom break, the Toronto Star reported Tuesday. Next, he cut through a wall to gain access to an adjacent tanning salon, where he smashed the cash register to take about $200 before leaving through the front door,...

2009-08-12 14:46:00

Police in Maryland said a woman accidentally solved her own burglary when she came across a garage sale offering her pilfered possessions. Anne Arundel County police said the woman, who had been living with her daughter for several months due to a foreclosure on her home, found out Thursday the house had been burglarized. She went to the home Monday to make a list of the missing items, The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday. On the way there, the two women spotted a yard sale at a neighbor's...

2009-08-07 13:28:30

An Englishman who stole a banana from a restaurant after a drunken party was acquitted of burglary Friday following a two-day trial. Shamim Qureshi, who served as judge in Birmingham Crown Court, told jurors before they began deliberations, that the estimated cost of the proceedings was 20,000 pounds (more than $33,000), The Sun reported. But he said the seriousness of the offense did not depend on the value of what was stolen. It is fairly easy to make lots of jokes, but do remember it is a...

2009-07-27 18:48:51

After stealing about $1,154 in liquor, two burglars decided to celebrate and got so drunk they fell asleep instead of escaping, police in Swansea, Wales, said. Burglars Keith Cullen and Paul Wiggins stacked up the stolen booze outside the store and then went in to have a drink. Police found them asleep in the store the next morning, The Sun newspaper reported. A Swansea prosecutor said closed circuit television recorded the entire theft of the Kuehne Nagle Drinks Logistics depot. Police said...

2009-07-21 15:22:52

Authorities in Florida said a man used a handcuff key purchased from a flea market to temporarily escape the custody of a sheriff's deputy. Richard Zukoski, 21, was arrested at his Port Richey, Fla., home early Sunday when a deputy arrived and found stolen boxes of power tools and lawn equipment on his porch. The suspect grabbed the key he had purchased years ago at a flea market before leaving the house with the deputy, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported Tuesday. Zukoski used the key...

2009-07-21 14:59:35

A Canadian man who admitted to a home burglary might have avoided jail time if he had crossed a street in Edmonton, Alberta, legally. A two-year sentence for housebreaking and burglary was handed down earlier this month after Michael Larsh, 30, entered a guilty plea to burglary, the Edmonton Journal reported Tuesday. A police officer witnessed Larsh jaywalking before 5 a.m. May 15 while pushing a new mountain bike and carrying a duffel bag and guitar. When the officer approached him, he began...

2009-07-16 20:47:24

Former Detroit Police Chief James Barren's house was hit by burglars on the day he ended his 31-year career with the department, police said. Barren, forced out by Mayor Dave Bing, told the Detroit Free Press the burglars took a television, camcorder, computer and jewelry. They got me pretty good, he said. The burglary occurred July 9 while Barren was at work. He said during his years in Detroit he has had cars stolen and one previous burglary many years ago, the Free Press reported. This is...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'