Published January 13, 2015
Are these your panties, ma'am?
Police are asking Colorado women a rather delicate question as part of an investigation into widespread underwear theft, inviting them to view photos of about 1,300 undergarments stolen from laundry rooms near Colorado State University, according to the Associated Press.
Chih Hsien Wu, 43, is suspected of stealing $6,000 worth of undergarments between Sept. 23 and May 18. He was arrested on suspicion of felony theft, and his bail was set Wednesday at $15,000. It was not known whether he had an attorney.
Police issued the invitation as part of an effort to see how many victims there are.
But they won't get to reclaim their undergarments — at least not yet. Police say that once the case is closed, the victims can reclaim their underwear — if they still want it back.
'Snakes on a Plane,' Part 2
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Customs officers at Cairo's airport on Thursday detained a man bound for Saudi Arabia who was trying to smuggle 700 live snakes on a plane, airport authorities said.
The officers were stunned when a passenger, identified as Yahia Rahim Tulba, told them his carry-on bag contained live snakes after he was asked to open it.
Tulba opened his bag to show the snakes to the police and asked the officers, who held a safe distance, not to come close. Among the various snakes, hidden in small cloth sacks, were two poisonous cobras, authorities said.
The Egyptian said he had hoped to sell the snakes in Saudi Arabia. Police confiscated the snakes and turned Tulba over to the prosecutor's office, accusing him of violating export laws and endangering the lives of other passengers.
According to the customs officials, Tulba claimed the snakes are wanted by Saudis who display them in glass jars in shops, keep them as pets or sell them to research centers.
The value of the snakes was not immediately known.
Pajamas From Above?
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A Goodwill Industries worker who turned in more than $5,000 she found in donated pajama pants will get to keep the money because the owner could not be found.
Kelli Owens, a 21-year-old single mother of three, was sorting donated clothes as part of her training at Goodwill earlier this month when she found the money. She took it straight to her supervisor.
"She will get to keep the money," Goodwill spokeswoman Crystal Hardesty said Friday. "It's being invested into a scholarship fund."
Owens plans to go to Greenville Technical College to pursue a career in law enforcement.
"I just want everybody to be proud of me — knowing that there is someone out there that is honest," Owens told WYFF-TV on Thursday. "I couldn't keep it because it belonged to somebody else, you know. I couldn't live with myself knowing that."
The money was in an envelope with a note naming the intended recipient. The giver wrote that he or she hoped the money would be spent wisely.
Goodwill officials talked to more than 30 people, but none could give the right description, the name on the letter or where the donation was dropped off.
"We feel like we vetted it very well," Hardesty said. "The story got a lot of publicity."
In Character ... and in Trouble
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A woman portraying a police officer as a TV extra took her part one step too far by entering a courtroom where her son faced a weapons charge, police said.
Kimberly Chapman was working as an extra Monday on the Spike TV series "The Kill Point," starring John Leguizamo. Later in the day, she showed up wearing her police costume at a Family Court hearing for her son.
Chapman, 47, of Wilkinsburg, told a court employee she was a police officer and was looking for the probation officer on the case, Pittsburgh police said.
But Chapman and her attorney, James Ecker, said she never claimed to be an officer. Ecker said she simply rushed to the courthouse without changing out of the faux police uniform.
"She, without thinking, went up to juvenile court, never told anyone she was a police officer or anything," Ecker said. "She was very embarrassed by the whole thing."
Police, however, said she identified herself as a Pittsburgh police officer to three people. They charged Chapman with impersonating a public servant and theft because she allegedly didn't have permission to leave the downtown set with the $500 uniform, which is now being held as evidence.
A production assistant on the show, Katie Shenot, confirmed Chapman worked as an extra and that she didn't have permission to leave the set in uniform. Extras must turn in all uniforms and props, which are secured by having the extras leave their identification with the crew.
Chapman said the criminal charges cost her the job.
"I am overwhelmed, flabbergasted," Chapman said. "Now I am not working at all."
"The Kill Point," which also stars Donnie Wahlberg, is a hostage drama about a group of war veterans who try to rob a bank.
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