'Midget Gang' Busted After Break-In Spree

They may be little, but they sure are tough.

Malaysian police detained an eight-member gang of small-sized robbers dubbed the "midget gang," who allegedly confessed to committing 14 break-ins over the past three months, The Star newspaper said Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

All the gang members, aged between 14 and 23 years, were diminutive, The Star said without saying whether they were dwarfs or just small.

Some of them who were less than 5 feet tall would be picked to squeeze through small openings into the houses they robbed in central Malaysia, The Star said.

Gang members confessed to their crimes when they were detained, according to the report.

The arrests came about after residents in a housing area alerted police after noticing the group loitering suspiciously in a field near their homes, Ampang district police chief Amer Awal was quoted as saying.

Good Luck Getting Out of This Ticket

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — There was no pot of gold behind the dancing roadside leprechaun, only speeding tickets.

Dozens of drivers in the Orlando area found out the hard way Thursday after passing an Orange County sheriff's deputy dressed as a leprechaun and warning drivers to slow down.

A laser detector clocked cars above his sign reading "Watch your speed or it will cost you your pot of gold," and several officers on motorcycles chased those who didn't heed the advice.

Deputy Richard Lockman said police were giving out about one ticket every minute since 8 a.m., the Orlando Sentinel reported for Friday editions. He was dressed in a green leprechaun outfit with a hat, tight white knickers and a fake red beard.

"We do this sort of thing a lot on holidays," sheriff's spokesman Jim Solomons said, referring to St. Patrick's Day.

Lockman did the same thing with a Christmas elf outfit in December. Speeders complained that being stopped by a deputy in costume was entrapment.

"I think that's just ridiculous," Lockman said. "The elf didn't force anybody to speed."

He Said, She Said ... but She Was a He

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Even in the messy legal world of dividing property after a failed romance, this case was exceptional.

A Jackson County judge was asked to consider whether a transvestite had misled a former male fiance into believing she was a woman.

Ferris Griggs of Kansas City, Kan., sued Josie Garcia of Kansas City, claiming that Garcia had defrauded him by pretending to be a woman.

Griggs wanted the judge to remove Garcia's name from a deed to a $20,000 house they co-own. Griggs also gave Garcia a $2,500 engagement ring, but didn't ask for that back.

Garcia, who goes by the name Cindy, testified that Griggs knew all along that she was a man, and that they often had sex during a relationship that lasted many months. Garcia dressed as a woman in court.

Griggs denied that the couple had sex. He said someone else told him that Garcia was a man. And he claimed that Garcia blackmailed him into putting her name on the house after the two quarreled while in Texas.

Griggs violated his parole on a rape conviction by taking Garcia to Texas. Griggs testified that after he got the ticket, Garcia threatened to tell Griggs' Kansas parole officer unless he gave her things.

A relative of Griggs testified that he heard Garcia make blackmail threats on phone voice messages.

But Garcia testified that she did not blackmail Griggs, and said they had a troubled relationship because Griggs was a control freak and hermit while she was sociable and normal.

And Garcia's friends testified that Griggs knew all along Garcia was a man.

Jackson County Judge J.D. Williamson said in issuing his ruling that both sides had serious credibility issues.

But he said Griggs had not proved that Garcia committed fraud. He ordered lawyers to start work on selling the house and dividing the money between Griggs and Garcia.

You Can't Please Everyone

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — A teenager clocked driving at 93 mph in a 45 mph zone told police he had to get home in time to catch the school bus.

A judge had sentenced Ryan Henry, 18, to ride the bus to school after an earlier speeding conviction, and Henry said he was rushing home after going to a gas station to buy an energy drink, said Porter County Sheriff's Deputy Roger Bowles, who ticketed Henry.

Henry appeared to accelerate after passing a marked squad car, then turned into a driveway and shut off the lights to his 2001 Mustang, Bowles said.

Henry was given a ticket for misdemeanor reckless driving and ordered to appear in court April 16.

The Associated Press left a message Thursday at a number for the Henry family in Valparaiso, seeking a response.

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