Three hijinking hot shots ran buck naked through a Denny's restaurant in North Spokane, Wash., early Wednesday morning — only to find a harsh surprise waiting for them in the parking lot.

Their car, which they'd left running in order to make a quick getaway, had been stolen. And, of course, their clothes were inside the car.

"It's likely that [the car thieves] were in the Denny's (search) when these guys were streaking," Lt. Gil Moberly of the Spokane Police Department told KXLY-TV. "They shot out, grabbed their car, and took off."

The naked trio shivered in the 30-degree cold in a nearby parking lot until cops showed up with blankets and sympathy. They were not charged.

"I think it was just three kids who decided to fool around," police spokesman Dick Cottam told The Associated Press. "We always tell people to not leave their car running."

— Thanks to Out There readers Aaron P. and Elizabeth S.

Yummy — Tastes Like Paint

Several day hikers in the wilderness near Boulder, Colo., have returned to their cars only to find local moose (search) giving the vehicles tongue baths.

It seems the animals simply like licking off the road salt that collects on the cars, state Division of Wildlife experts told the Rocky Mountain News of Denver.

Residents were warned to let the moose enjoy their high-sodium diet and not to try to chase them away.

"Unfortunately, moose sometimes perceive people — and even dogs — as threats," Clair Solohub, wildlife manager for Boulder County's north district, told the newspaper. "Normally, a threatened moose will flee, but when a moose becomes aggressive, it can be a dangerous situation."

The Advantage of Youth

A car salesman in Renton, Wash., was left stranded by a prospective customer, who decided to continue his test drive on his own.

Worse, the joyrider, who'd spent hours at the dealership talking over models, turned out to be only 14 years old, reported the King County Journal.

Brotherton Cadillac salesman William Kelley had been riding in the 1996 Seville on Tuesday when he asked the driver to stop at an ATM. The teenager let Kelley out and sped off.

Noticing some "erratic" driving, cops chased the car a short distance before the kid got out and ran. He was quickly arrested and charged with felony flight, though not car theft.

Unfortunately, he'd left the Caddy in "drive" and it rolled forward into a parked truck.

Kelley was surprised to learn the driver was only 14.

"I was flabbergasted when they told me that," he said to the newspaper. "What does 14 look like?"

What's That House Doing in the Road?

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — In just over a month, Sarah Stern's life of solitude was shattered twice — when separate vehicles slammed into her corner house.

For more than two decades, Stern lived here quietly. But that streak came to a screeching halt when a car and a truck crashed into her house within 32 days.

The most recent crash occurred Monday as a pickup truck fled from police after allegedly causing a nearby accident.

As the truck was turning at Stern's corner, it skidded on some ice and crashed through a lilac bush and the pillars supporting Stern's porch canopy. The truck came to a rest in her driveway. Police arrested the driver.

The more serious accident happened Dec. 10, when a car plowed into Stern's living room, destroying a picture window that is still boarded up because workers cannot find a suitable replacement.

"The insurance company can't believe it either," Stern said Monday. "I've lived here since 1981. We've never been hit. Now, we've been hit twice in a month."

You, Like, Really Scared Us, Dude

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A rural Montana man says he was upset with a carful of teens who played their music too loud — but he was the one punished for turning the volume up.

The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Allison Chapman's disorderly conduct conviction for yelling at the teens to get out of town.

Four teens, parked on a public road in front of Chapman's house in 2001, weren't blasting their stereo at the time, although Chapman said they did so almost every night in Geraldine, a tiny town in north-central Montana.

Chapman admitted he went into the street and scolded the teens. He denied shouting or yelling, but said he used an expletive to order them to leave.

Three of the youths testified Chapman did yell at them and they were scared as they drove away.

Prosecutors said Chapman's threatening language was not speech protected by the Constitution. And while Chapman argued that no one's peace was disturbed by his actions, the high court ruled that the teens' peace was disturbed.

Chapman, 38, was fined $50 and ordered to pay $600 in court costs. He vowed to challenge the constitutionality of the law in federal court.

Really Stupid Criminal of the Day

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A man was arrested for robbing a bank after he returned to take down the note demanding money he had left taped to a drive-through window.

Eugene D. Golden, 36, of Briarwood was charged with nonaggravated robbery.

Police say a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a baseball cap walked up to the drive-through at Community Bank (search) about 5:50 p.m. Wednesday and taped a note to the window indicating an explosive device would be detonated if tellers did not give him cash.

Bank employees handed over $21,066, said Parkersburg Police Chief Robert Newell. The man then fled in a green vehicle with a cardboard sign reading "lost tag" over the license plate and duct tape over the make of the vehicle.

The man drove to Emerson Bowling Lanes (search) nearby, changed clothes in his car, then walked back to the bank to retrieve the note. He stuffed it in his pocket.

A police officer saw him take the note down and told him to stop. The man ran back to his car and was captured as he was getting in. Police found a brown bag full of money in Golden's car, along with clothing matching the description of what the robber was wearing.

Golden was being held Thursday in the North Central Regional Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Compiled by Foxnews.com's Paul Wagenseil.

 

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