Store Clerk Gets Own Stolen Check

For this check, the counter clerk didn't need to see ID.

Ashley Oglesby was only on her second day of work at a Malvern, Ark., tobacco store when another woman tried to pay with a check — from the checkbook of Ashley Oglesby.

"I waited on her, I rang it up on the register and she hands me the check," Oglesby told KTHV-TV of Little Rock. "And I went, 'Oh my God, this is mine.'"

Oglesby, working the store's drive-through window, warned the alleged check-forger not to leave the premises.

"I turned around and I told her, "I have your driver's license and your license plate number, and you better not leave,'" she told the TV station.

Police arrested Rachael Pitts of Malvern, who they said had a history of forgery.

"The girl that stole [the checks], she got them from another girl that was a roommate with me," said Oglesby. "And they pilfered through my stuff and stole them. I didn't even know they were stolen."

Pitts had even been sentenced earlier this year to two years in prison for check forgery, but police said she might have been released due to overcrowding.

Oglesby, however, is glad that someone else is no longer using her checkbook.

"You win some and you lose some," she said with regard to Pitts, "[and] you get what you deserve."

— Thanks to Out There reader Tim J.

Alcohol, Cigarettes and Fast Cars Don't Mix

FOREMAN, Ark. (AP) — A leap of faith proved hazardous for a smoker in need of a cigarette fix after a night on the town.

Jeff Foran suffered trauma to his nose, eyes and chin after jumping from a car traveling 55-60 mph. Authorities said he was trying to retrieve a cigarette blown out of the passenger-side window.

Foran, 38, took the leap Saturday night, state police Trooper Jamie Gravier said.

The driver of the car, Jerry Glenn Nelson, said Foran had asked him earlier in the evening to be a designated driver after a night of drinking.

"Foran did the right thing and asked his buddy to drive him home," Gravier said. "It was obvious he was extremely intoxicated."

Gravier added: "If anything could make him stop smoking, this should be it. The man is lucky to be alive."

— Thanks to Out There reader Michael E.

Breaking, Entering and Leasing Out

OSLO, Norway (AP) — An enterprising if unscrupulous Norwegian found a way to turn a tidy profit on Oslo real estate by renting out a nice apartment in a popular part of town.

What the renters didn't know was that he had broken in to someone else's apartment and then rented it out to 11 different people, the national news media reported Tuesday.

Police said the 29-year-old, whose name was withheld, admitted breaking in to the apartment, and posting photographs of it on an Internet real estate site, asking for a bargain $780 a month in rent.

Since such an apartment normally costs 35 percent more in Oslo, about 60 hopefuls flocked to the con man's showing.

Eleven were so eager that they each paid a $2,340 deposit, for a total of $25,780 transferred to the swindler's bank account.

Ingrid Christensen, of the Oslo police, told Norway's largest newspaper, Verdens Gang, the money was found in the suspect's bank account and he would face fraud charges.

The real renter was traveling at the time of the showings, and has now changed all the locks.

Smooth-Talking Escaped Con Finally Caught

STUART, Fla. (AP) — A prisoner who escaped from a work crew two weeks ago and was driven away by a woman who didn't know he was a fugitive was caught after he tried to shoplift from a department store.

William Hawley, 42, had been on the run since May 10, when he escaped from a Martin Correctional Institution (search) work crew and ditched his prison clothing. He told a woman that his wife or girlfriend was ready to deliver their baby, his car had broken down and he needed a cab.

As earlier described in Out There, Charlotte Yoder took Hawley to five medical centers in two counties. She was not harmed and didn't find out he was a fugitive until she returned home to worried relatives and detectives.

Hawley, a career burglar and car thief, was arrested Monday after a security guard at a Sears in Daytona Beach caught him trying to leave the store with a $15.99 pry bar inside a gym bag, The Stuart News reported.

Hawley also had a glass pipe with suspected cocaine residue, a police report said.

He gave authorities a fake name, but a fingerprint check at revealed his true identity.

Hawley was charged with retail theft and possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. He was also expected to face escape and other charges.

Vanity Plate Spells Out 'Speed'

SEATTLE (AP) — Most drivers may be puzzled by the vanity license plate "C9H13N," but chemically-savvy crooks may nod their heads knowingly.

It's the chemical formula for amphetamine, and despite a state law that prohibits references to alcohol or illegal substances on vanity plates, it may be perfectly legal.

Bradley A. Benfield, a spokesman for the state Licensing Department, said such a license has been granted to the owner of a black 2002 Audi registered in Seattle.

The plate may be legal because amphetamine, like its close chemical cousin, the street drug methamphetamine (chemical formula C10H15N), is a legal substance when used in medicine.

"This is a serious concern if there is a license out there with something on it that a reasonable person would consider related to an illegal substance," said Benfield. "It's pretty easy for something like this to slip through."

To revoke the plate, state officials would have to notify the owner by letter and refer the issue to a committee, consisting of representatives from the Licensing Department, Washington State Patrol, county auditors and vehicle-licensing agents.

Out of 6.5 million vehicles registered in the state, about 83,000 have vanity plates. Last week, officials dismissed a complaint about one reading "JOHN316," a reference to a New Testament verse, deeming it inoffensive.

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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