It's a case of out of the frying pan and into the police chief's home.

Pursued by police, 32-year-old Martha Ruth Byrum allegedly fled into Aspen Police Chief Loren Ryerson's house in a misguided attempt to take cover, according to the Denver Post.

Even more unfortunately for her, she allegedly had 4.5 grams of cocaine, a crack pipe and all kinds of other drug paraphernalia packed into her purse.

"Of all the places to walk into," the chief's wife, Mary Ryerson, told the Post.

Ryerson, who was in the house with her two kids during the insane escape attempt, said Byrum calmly requested to use the toilet and the phone.

"She knocked on a window and just opened our sliding glass door and came in," she told the Post.

Two cops who had chased Byrum's 1986 Chevrolet station wagon up to the house after becoming suspicious of her erratic driving showed up soon after and arrested her.

But it didn't end there: Byrum attempted to escape from the police cruiser twice and then cops say she did get away when officers were searching her purse — but they grabbed her just 30 yards away.

Police finally got the wily little fugitive back to the big house and charged her with first-degree criminal trespass, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

— Thanks to Out There reader Mike N.

This Thief Is Rollin' in the Dough!

One thief in San Clemente, Calif., got the loot but had to leave behind that sweet pepperoni.

Police say video cameras captured a hungry burglar breaking into Sonny's Pizza and Pasta, trying on several different aprons and cooking up a hand-made pepperoni pizza covered in special toppings, according to the BBC.

Police said the footage showed the man carefully picking out an apron that fit his form and shape just right — and then rolling up his sleeves to whip up his feast.

Officers think the ravenous robber was scared off by an employees' arrival, making off with an undisclosed amount of cash from the safe but forced to leave behind his simmering pepperoni.

The suspect is still on the loose but cops hope the apron footage will help lead to his arrest.

— Thanks to Out There reader Scott F.

Did She Fly Away on a Broomstick Too?

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A woman dressed as a witch robbed a bank, vanished in the smoke of an exploding security dye pack, then apparently reappeared in street clothes and held up another bank, police say.

The Halloween holdups at Washington Mutual branches seven miles apart in Olympia and neighboring Lacey were, "I would say for us ... pretty rare," Olympia police Lt. James Costa said.

"Usually when we get hit on a bank, it's over and done with," Costa said. "It doesn't happen again until several days later or a week later. Usually, we don't have a pattern of them happening back-to-back in a single day."

The first robbery was reported about 4:50 p.m. Monday in Lacey when, witnesses said, a woman wearing a shiny purple witch hat, cloak and long blond wig handed the teller a note indicating she had a weapon and demanding cash, Lacey police Lt. Phil Comstock said.

As the woman ran east from the bank and across the street, the dye pack exploded and she dropped the money and her hat, which police recovered, authorities said.

At 5:22 p.m. Olympia police received a silent alarm from a Washington Mutual branch where witnesses said a woman in a blue hooded sweatshirt with black pants handed the teller a note and escaped with an undisclosed amount of money, Costa said.

— Thanks to Out There reader Scott F.

I Know ... Let's Go Steal Tombstones in Broad Daylight!

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Stealing fake tombstones from a haunted trail in broad daylight isn't a good idea — particularly if the trail is operated by a Fraternal Order of Police Lodge.

South Charleston police arrested two men Wednesday after Lt. D.B. Cunningham, president of FOP Lodge No. 85, saw several of the lodge's handmade props in a passing vehicle. The driver was wearing a skull mask, Patrolman Jeremy Burns said.

Cunningham, Burns and several other officers were gathered near the ticket stand at the time. Cunningham and Burns pursued the vehicle in Burns' police cruiser and stopped it.

Donald Jenkins Jr., 20, and Devon Halstead, 19, both of South Charleston, were charged with petit larceny, a misdemeanor. They were issued citations and released.

Jenkins, the driver, allegedly told police he and Halstead saw the props on the ground and thought they were being discarded, Burns said.

— Thanks to Out There reader Aimee H.

Poor Little Tired Burglar Takes a Nap

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A suspect in a break-in at a veterinarian's office wasn't hard to find. He was sleeping in his office at a neighboring business and allegedly had some stolen items in his pockets.

Chad Lee Mays, 26, of Malden was charged Thursday with breaking and entering. Mays owns a tire shop next door to the Kanawha Boulevard Animal Hospital in Charleston, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

Charleston police responding to the break-in saw a tire shop employee outside that business early Thursday morning, waiting for it to open. The employee said Mays was inside sleeping.

Mays told police he had heard an alarm go off at the veterinarian's office but did not see anything. He then said he needed to use a restroom and walked into another room where Patrolman S.S. Midkiff saw a computer similar to one that had been reported stolen, the complaint said.

Police searched the suspect and allegedly found cash and vials of veterinary drugs in his pockets.

Mays was being held Friday at South Central Regional Jail in Charleston.

— Thanks to Out There reader Aimee H.

Um, This Costume Shop Is Selling My Prom Dress

HARRISON, Ark. (AP) — Marlene Wyatt went to a second-hand store to buy a Halloween costume last week. And what she found was eerie — the prom dress she had made 33 years ago.

"I thought, this material looks familiar," Wyatt said. "Then I thought, 'Surely not' and finally, 'That's my dress!'"

Melissa Martin, proprietor of The Fashion Exchange, said she knew something special had happened because of the look on Wyatt's face.

"This is amazing," she said. "What are the odds of something like this happening?"

Wyatt, from Yellville, sewed the white double-knit polyester dress when she was in high school.

"We come from a large family, 12 kids," she said. "There were five girls at home at the time, so sewing my own clothes was helpful, but I always loved doing it."

Martin doesn't remember where she got the dress, which she had labeled "Way Retro" in her inventory. Wyatt now has it in her sewing room.

Compiled by FOXNews.com's Andrew Hard.

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