Restaurant Robber May End Up Doing Dishes

A Detroit restaurant owner caught a suspected robber last week — and made him apologize to the employees he'd held up.

Peking Express (search) owner Daniel Harnphanich told WDIV-TV that last Wednesday evening he spotted the 15-year-old boy, who had apparently already robbed the place twice that week, across the street from the restaurant.

So Harnphanich, who had been shot during another robbery, took matters into his own hands.

He chased the boy into a vacant lot, where the teen gave up when his gun turned out to be plastic.

"He was begging me not to turn him in," Harnphanich said.

Harnphanich called police anyway, but instead of handing him over, brought him back to the Peking Express to apologize to staffers.

He's giving the boy a second chance because of his age — and allowing him to work off his debt in the restaurant.

— Thanks to Out There reader Erin B.

Embalmed Body Stashed in SUV

A Texas man's family couldn't afford to bury him, so they kept his body in an SUV parked in the driveway.

Larry Bennett had been in poor health most of his life, and had spent all his money on medical expenses before dying Feb. 26 at the age of 50, reports the Dallas Morning News.

Bennett's ex-wife, with whom he still lived, got $1,000 from the county to cremate the body.

Instead, she took it to a funeral home, believing the money would be enough to cover embalming and burial. It wasn't.

The funeral home "made us pick Larry's body up or they would send him to lost and found," Brenda Pitts Bennett told the newspaper.

For two days, Larry Bennett's bagged body lay in the back of the vehicle parked in front of the family house in Royse City (search), about 25 miles northeast of Dallas.

"The phone rang off the wall with calls such as, 'How ... can you all be so cold-hearted and keep Larry in that vehicle in front of your home?'" said Brenda Pitts Bennett.

Police said no laws were being broken, and since the body had been embalmed, there was no health hazard.

"It was believed to be safe, and the family had a right to claim it," said Royse City police Sgt. Jim Baker.

After two long days, and increasing numbers of cars slowly driving by the Bennett residence, donations from well-wishers finally amounted to enough to bury Larry Bennett.

— Thanks to Out There reader Tracy M.

Car Starts Up By Itself, Crashes Into House

SOUTH HAVEN, Ind. (AP) — Police officers were skeptical when a woman whose car had struck a neighbor's home told them the car took off on its own after she must have accidentally hit some buttons on her key chain.

Christine Djordjevic said the officers became believers when they saw her remote starter activate, sending her car driving down the road. They chased it down and stopped it from hitting anything, she said.

Police reports confirmed the vehicle "was checked and it was learned that the vehicle will start and drive when the remote start is activated."

The crash on Monday caused several thousand dollars in damage to Djordjevic's car and neighbor Gregory Hajduk's house in the community about 10 miles southeast of Gary. Djordjevic said she must have left her stick-shift car in reverse.

Djordjevic said the remote starter previously caused her car to jump over a curb at a store while she was outside the car and her 11-year-old son was inside yelling, "Mom, where are we going?"

To prevent any further problems, Djordjevic said she was taking the remote starter device off her key chain.

"I don't even know how the stupid thing works," she said.

— Thanks to Out There readers Adonna B., Shannon O., Jamie A., and Mike R.

Teenager Held Hostage for Fifty Dollars

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Three Florida teenagers have been charged with kidnapping a 15-year-old boy and holding him for a $50 ransom.

Police say the three held the victim at knifepoint in a Fort Myers apartment, demanding he repay a $50 debt.

When he couldn't pay, they made him phone his father and ask him to drop the money in a planter at a local Taco Bell (search).

The father called police, who set up undercover officers at the Taco Bell.

Two other teens soon came by to collect the cash, but said they'd been paid $10 to pick it up for the kidnappers.

The money retrievers set up a meeting with two of the alleged kidnappers, who were arrested at the scene.

The third alleged kidnapper fled when he saw police, but turned himself in later.

— Thanks to Out There reader Harley W.

Easter Bunny Arrested In Iowa

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Council Bluffs, Iowa, police say the Easter Bunny has hopped his way to jail.

Authorities say they got a call Saturday afternoon about a man dressed as the Easter Bunny who was causing a disturbance at a local mall.

Police say the 36-year-old man told officers he was working at the mall's picture-taking area when someone threw water at him.

Police say the man left the area, changed clothes and came back to tell a fellow employee he was leaving.

The employee says she became frightened when he started yelling at her. Police say the suspect also threatened another person to get out of his way.

He's charged with two counts of harassment.

Compiled by FOX News' Paul Wagenseil.

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