Bozos Rob Donut Shop

Who were those clowns who held up the local donut shop?

Two men in full clown makeup with big, red noses held up Henry's Donut Shop in Everett, Wash., last week, according to local KOMO 4 News.

The shop's owner showed the big-top burglars the cash register, but the pair of clowns insisted on having the safe in the back room opened.

"He didn't want it. He wanted money inside," the shop owner's husband, Be Le, told KOMO 4 News.

The red-nosed robbers made off with between $300 and $400 and are still on the loose — and cops say the witness' description of wide grins, red noses and white faces isn't helping the hunt.

Many business owners around town say the greedy Halloween harlequins used the upcoming holiday to help cover up their three-ring circus.

"Yeah, apparently because it's Halloween coming around, but it's not funny at all," local dry-cleaning manager Elizabeth Bela told KOMO 4 News.

— Thanks to Out There reader Matthew H.

Man Serving Fake Warrant Calls Cops for Backup

An Orlando, Fla., man pretending to be a Merchant Marine in order to arrest a woman he had a grudge against called in for very real police backup.

Bryan Perley walked into an office on West Robinson Street and told employees he was a Merchant Marine captain serving as a magistrate and had an arrest warrant for their co-worker, according to local WFTV 9 News.

The woman Perley sought to arrest — whom he had a 10-year-old grudge with over a child support case — had the day off.

Delighted police dispatchers said the faker gave them quite an earful when he then called them for officers' help in serving the phony warrant.

"Yes, I'm a Merchant Marine captain. I have an arrest warrant for an obstruction of justice, uh, going against a state of Florida representative," WFTV 9 News said Perley told the dispatcher.

"Is the person in custody or giving you a hard time?" the dispatcher asked Perley.

"No, not yet. They don't understand the chain of command in government. I've warned them today. They've been totally unresponsive," he said.

— Thanks to Out There reader Greg M.

'H' Is for Handcuffs

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The red and cuddly Sesame Street Muppet Elmo has learned a new lesson: 'H' is for handcuffs.

A man dressed as the character was one of three impersonators arrested last week for allegedly harassing tourists for tips after posing for photos on Hollywood Boulevard. Booked with him were people impersonating superhero Mr. Incredible and the dark-hooded character from the horror movie "Scream."

The impersonators said they were taken into custody at gunpoint, handcuffed and paraded on the Hollywood Walk of Fame before stunned tourists and other impersonators. They were charged with misdemeanor "aggressive begging," police said.

"With all of the crime in Los Angeles, they pick on us?" said Elmo impersonator Donn Harper, 45, who makes up to $400 a day in tips.

Tourists have complained that the costumed characters harass them for not tipping after posing for photos in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater and the Kodak Theater. Merchants say some of the costumed characters are scaring tourists.

Los Angeles Police Officer Michael Shea said police warned impersonators at a meeting last month that the department would start enforcing solicitation and harassment laws. Officers conducted a sting operation by posing as French tourists who didn't understand English or the American tipping culture.

"Make no mistake about it — I wanted the characters to know what we're doing," Shea said.

Pregnant Baby Food 'Junkie' Wins Contest

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — During her pregnancy, Sara Rhodes has been stocking up on lots and lots of baby food — for her.

Rhodes says she's been eating at least five jars of baby food a day and has even found herself snacking on strained fruits and vegetables in her car and at her work desk.

Her fondness for baby food has paid off. The 36-year-old from Mar Vista, Calif., who is due in November received $10,000 this month as the winner of the "Crazy Cravings Contest."

"I first fell in love with the taste of pureed plums, rice, bananas and sweet potatoes eight weeks into my first pregnancy. I indulged in my craving all the time and oftentimes found myself in the car or at my work desk licking the inside of baby food jars!" she explained.

Her entry was chosen the winner out of nearly 4,000 essays. Along with the scholarship money, she also gets a year's supply of Ensure Healthy Mom shakes and snack bars.

The World's Oldest Varsity Letterman

COCOA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Raymond Wilkins has finally received a varsity letter in track and field — 65 years after he last competed.

Wilkins completed his freshman season as a University of Alabama high jumper in 1940 when he left to serve in World War II. When he returned to school five years later, he was too old and too heavy to compete, so he never received a varsity letter.

Until Sunday, his 87th birthday.

The university granted Wilkins a letter, even though he never jumped for the varsity team.

A surprised Wilkins received the fuzzy, white A during a service at the First Baptist Church. His pastor, Ken Babbington, contacted the school after hearing the retired electrical engineer talk about how his track career had been interrupted.

Kevin Almond, an assistant athletic director at Alabama, said "it just seemed to be a nice thing to recognize a former student athlete and alumnus."

Granny Knows How to Hunt Some Deer

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Rita Gassner fully expects to get a deer while bow hunting this fall. If so, it will be the eighth year in a row for this 80-year-old grandmother of 21.

"I really love being alone in the woods," she said. "Bow hunting to me is not just the idea of killing a deer. I enjoy listening to the sounds and trying to identify the birds."

Gassner said she started bow hunting in the late 1950s after she married her husband, Jim, an avid hunter. She's owned four bows over the years.

"Every year I say, 'This is the end. This is the last one.' And my boys say, 'Mom, you just can't quit.' They don't want me to. You take one year at a time," Gassner said Monday.

The grandmother hunts in the late afternoons from a tree stand 8 feet high in an area overlooking a swamp and within walking distance of their cabin. So far this season, she hasn't had a shot.

"A lot of people raise their eyebrows when they hear I'm a hunter," she said. "I have never shot a rifle. I don't go out with the guys. My husband and my sons have their own rifle camp. That is their game, and I have other things to do, like getting ready for Christmas and all that stuff."

Compiled by's Andrew Hard.

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