A larcenous trio were about to pull off a hitch-free burglary — but weren't counting on a persistent parrot.
Memphis, Tenn., police said Mark Martin, 18, Dallas Davis, 25, and Jarrin Hicks, 21, broke into a home Monday morning, making off with DVD players, radios, computers, TVs and other electronic goodies.
They'd just loaded it all into their car, reported the (Memphis) Commercial Appeal, when one of the men realized a parrot inside the home had heard him call one of the other two "J.J."
Even worse, the parrot liked the name and started saying it over and over: "J.J." "J.J." "J.J."
Cops say the three panicked and went back into the house to steal the parrot as well.
"They were afraid the bird would 'stool' on them," Memphis police Maj. Billy Garrett told the newspaper. "They actually believed he could identify them."
That delay cost the alleged burglars some time. Responding to a neighbor's call, police showed up just as the threesome sped off in their getaway car.
They didn't get far. Their car crashed into a gate a few blocks away and the three fled on foot before being caught.
Unfortunately, the parrot's cage broke during the crash. He flew off and hasn't been seen since.
Burglary victims Felicia Cobbs and her kids hope the bird — described as being 6 years old, light green, 1 foot tall and answering to the name "Marshmallow" — comes home soon.
— Thanks to Out There reader Kris P.
Stuart, Fla., police were on the lookout this past weekend for two men spotted in various states of disrobement at a local pumpkin patch.
The Palm Beach Post reported that a bunch of teenagers were at the First United Methodist Church (search) in Stuart at 3 a.m. Sunday when they saw two men — one wearing boxer shorts, the other nothing at all — snooping around the church's pumpkin sales lot.
The seven teenagers told cops that they confronted the two men, described as in their mid-20s, but the pair ran off.
Cops are asking anyone with information to call police — and are also asking the teenagers' parents about what the kids were doing at church at 3 in the morning.
MACON, Georgia — A teacher-parent brawl in front of 19 primary school pupils sent a mother to the emergency room and the teacher to jail.
Teacher Katrina Ann Rucker, 30, is charged with battery and cruelty to children for allegedly beating a parent who tried to retrieve her daughter's book bag, The Macon Telegraph newspaper reported Friday.
According to police interviews, parent Lurella Amica went to Bruce-Weir Elementary School (search) Thursday morning to deliver a note to her 9-year-old daughter.
At the classroom door, the girl told her mother that Rucker had thrown her bag in the trash can, the report stated. Amica entered the classroom and tried to get the book bag, but Rucker grabbed for it and the two struggled, the report said.
After Amica wrestled the bag away, police say Rucker picked up a chair and hit her in the back, knocking Amica to the floor. Rucker then began punching Amica in the face and body.
During the fight, the girl was reportedly crying for her teacher to stop hitting her mother and ran up to them. Rucker then allegedly hit the child, pulled her hair and pushed her out of the way before starting to strike the mother again.
Rucker dragged Amica by the hair outside the classroom, according to the report.
"A school administrator and another teacher had to pull the teacher off the mother," Macon police spokeswoman Melanie Hofmann said.
In Rucker's account of the story, she said Amica hit her hand during the initial struggle, Hofmann said.
"The teacher said she was defending herself because she gets a shot in that hand and it hurt," Hofmann said.
Amica was in stable condition in the emergency room of The Medical Center of Central Georgia (search) late Thursday night.
Rucker was placed on administrative leave.
— Thanks to Out There reader James A.
CALLAWAY, Fla. — A woman was arrested on drug charges after accidentally dialing 911 and hanging up, which brought a sheriff's deputy to her home to investigate, authorities say.
Investigators said the wrong number led them last Wednesday to one of the largest methamphetamine laboratories ever found in Bay County.
Deputies said Vicki Lynn Nunnery, 43, told them she hung up the phone after realizing she had inadvertently dialed 911 when she started to call someone else.
She was unaware that it is standard procedure for police to send an officer to investigate all 911 disconnections.
The investigating deputy smelled the distinct odor of meth while talking with Nunnery and Vito James Knowles, 44, who also was arrested, said sheriff's Sgt. Rob Ashman.
Narcotics investigators were contacted and a search warrant obtained, Ashman said. He said the search disclosed that the three-bedroom house in this Panama City suburb was functioning as a giant meth lab.
Nunnery and Knowles were charged with trafficking meth and face additional drug and weapon charges, said sheriff's spokeswoman Ruth Sasser.
Both remained at the Bay County Jail (search) in Panama City on Thursday. Nunnery's bail was set at $100,000 and Knowles' at $80,000.
Jail records did not indicate whether they had lawyers and no attorneys were present in the public defender's office Thursday afternoon.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Two Buddhist monks abandoned their vows after they fell in love with a pair of teenage girls who sold beer across from their temple in central Cambodia, a newspaper reported Monday.
The two monks — Nang Pong and Vom Vong, both 19 — gave up their monastic lives Thursday after the chief monk at their temple accused them of secretly courting the girls in violation of Buddhist precepts, The Cambodia Daily reported.
The teenage girls earlier had been told to leave the monks alone, Deputy District Police Chief Yung Sam was quoted as saying.
Ninety percent of Cambodia's 13 million people are Buddhist. About 60,000 monks live in more than 4,000 pagodas across the country.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Hollywood producer agreed to pay a couple $1,000 to stop noisy tree trimming during a TV shoot — then delivered the payment in big bags of pennies.
While on location last month shooting a new series for Paramount Network Television (search), producer Ronald L. Schwary's location team asked Stefanie and Myron Roth to halt the trimming because the noise was interfering with the production.
The Roths agreed on the condition that they be paid $1,000.
Schwary, who won a best picture Oscar for the 1980 film "Ordinary People," waited several weeks before having 100,000 pennies delivered to the Roths.
Myron Roth, the retired president of a small entertainment company that produced the TV hit "Baywatch," said he was baffled when the coins arrived.
"It took us a while to figure it out," he said.
When the Roths finally understood what had happened, they were outraged and threatened to sue.
Paramount responded with a letter apologizing for "any inconvenience" and agreed to pay the Roths $1,000 and donate $1,000 to a favorite charity.
Schwary and Paramount declined to comment.
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Paul Wagenseil.
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