Fake Drugs, Real Bust

It's bad enough to offer drugs to cops. It's even more embarrassing when the drugs turn out to be fake.

Some undercover Wabasha County Sheriff's deputies were relaxing after work at a Lake City, Minn., bar Thanksgiving Day, reports the Winona (Minn.) Daily News.

A man strolled over and offered to "hook them up" with cocaine.

As members of the Southeastern Minnesota Drug Task Force (search), the deputies just couldn't say no.

So the group went outside to an alleyway, where the deal went down. Chicago resident David Wims, 25, immediately found himself under arrest.

Being a quick-thinking fellow, Wims took off running down Highway 61, according to authorities.

Lake City police quickly joined in the chase and Wims was nabbed a few blocks away.

When lab results came back on the white powder he'd allegedly given the deputies, it turned out to be neither cocaine nor methamphetamine.

"I don't think it's heroin," Sheriff Rodney Bartsh told the newspaper.

Sadly for the suspect, Minnesota state law has even dealing fake drugs covered.

Wims was booked for "selling a simulated controlled substance" and bail was set at $20,000.

Possibly the Dumbest Vehicle Theft Ever

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police followed a trail of doughnuts to find a stolen Krispy Kreme delivery truck.

"It has a happy ending," Swatara Township Sgt. Robert Simmonds said. "The evidence was brought back to the police station, and the cops are eating the doughnuts."

It was 12:45 a.m. Thursday when Krispy Kreme (search) deliveryman Tim Trostle stopped at a Swatara Township convenience store and left the engine running as he made the delivery.

Someone fled with the truck, but since Trostle had left the back doors open, police were able to follow a trail of doughnuts.

The doughnut trail ended before long, but police in a nearby township found a doughnut cart near the Harrisburg city line. City police found the truck near a downtown bar.

No arrests were immediately made. The truck was returned to the company.

Although Simmonds had been joking about police taking the contents of the truck, he acknowledged seeing Krispy Kreme doughnuts in a station conference room Thursday.

"I suspect that the manager from the Krispy Kreme might have given us a little thank you for our efforts," he said.

— Thanks to Out There reader Paul R.

Bucketful of Pennies Used to Pay Traffic Ticket

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Manti man has a penny for Sanpete County's thoughts. About 8,200 of them, actually.

Grant Petersen withdrew that many copper coins from his bank and delivered them in a bucket to pay an $82 fine he got for driving with a burnt-out headlight.

Court officials are apparently not amused, and have asked Petersen to come back in and offer a more "acceptable" form of payment.

They say state policy allows clerks to reject unusual forms of payment, and it's going to waste county resources for someone to count all that change.

Petersen says he doesn't plan on honoring that request. He says money is money, and U.S. law provides that coins are legal tender.

— Thanks to Out There David and Jessica F.

Flood of Butter Flows Through Streets

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — Too bad firefighters didn't have a pile of popcorn handy — or better yet, loads of lobster tails.

An intense fire consumed half of the roof of the Associated Milk Producers Inc. butter packaging plant, sending melted butter flowing out of the facility.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, but officials worried that the melted butter would interfere with the railroad tracks bordering the plant's east end.

The plant was holding an estimated 3 million pounds of butter at the time of the fire Wednesday.

A plant employee discovered the fire in a utility area, and the 30 workers in the butter packaging plant were evacuated and sent home.

Officials were investigating the cause of the buttery blaze.

— Thanks to Out There reader Gwen W.

I Blame My Crime on the High Cost of Tuition

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man pleaded guilty to trying to extort $180,000 from a supermarket chain by threatening to put poisoned baby food on store shelves.

Police said David Ian Dickinson, 43, told them he planned to use the money to pay for his 5-month-old son's college education.

Dickinson pleaded last Tuesday in federal court. In return, prosecutors agreed to recommend he get up to about 3½ years in prison at sentencing Feb. 18.

Prosecutors said Dickinson sent a package to a corporate office of Ralph's (search) supermarket chain containing baby food items tainted with glass shards, boric acid and hydraulic fluid.

A letter sent several days later demanded $180,000.

No contaminated food made it onto supermarket shelves, officials said.

And He Still Gets Card Offers in the Mail

PISMO BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The man known as "Mr. Plastic Fantastic" has great credit.

So great, in fact, that it takes a wallet nearly as long as a football field to carry his credit cards.

Walter Cavanagh owns 1,497 valid credit cards (he assumes a card is valid until he hears otherwise) with a potential credit line of about $1.7 million.

The retired real estate broker, who lives in the small San Luis Obispo County community of Shell Beach, said his collecting began with a bet more than three decades ago.

He and a friend were sitting in his apartment in 1969 and bet who could collect the most credit cards. The loser would buy dinner.

Cavanagh managed to obtain 143 cards in a year and got a rib-eye steak dinner. He also caught the plastic bug.

He has become so good at collecting the cards that he has a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, which gave him his nickname.

He also holds the title for the world's longest wallet — a 38-pound monster that is 250 feet long and can hold 800 cards.

Most of his collection is kept in bank safe deposit boxes, however.

His cards include antiques in paper and aluminum. A number are from long-defunct department stores, gas stations and bars. They come from as far away as Germany and Spain.

"Most cards are from such obscure places, you've never heard of them," Cavanagh said Tuesday.

One treasure is a sterling silver credit card offering "unlimited credit privileges" from the Mapes Hotel, the first hotel-casino in Reno, Nev. It closed in 1982.

"Maybe they gave out too many," Cavanagh joked.

He said the only company that ever denied him a card was the JJ Newberry (search) department store chain in the early 1970s.

"They said I had too much credit," he said. "And to this day I don't have a Newberry's card in my collection."

Compiled by FOXNews.com's Paul Wagenseil.

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