Sticky-Fingered Skittles Snatchers Call the Scene of the Crime

Everyone knows the bad guy always returns to the scene of the crime, but actually calling the scene and identifying oneself is … well … it’s just stupid.

Mitchell Scudder and Brian Current, two bad-to-the-bone bandits with a craving for candy, stole $30 worth of Skittles and Starburst from a Little League concession stand in Minnesota, the Associated Press reports.

But these sugar-fueled sneaks forgot a fairly important piece of evidence after grabbing the goodies from the stand — Scudder’s cell phone.

Cops, who found the phone in the building, were undoubtedly surprised — albeit pleasantly — when the owner of the phone gave his missing mobile a ring and identified himself to the officers on the other end of the line.

The police arranged a phone-returning rendezvous with the sticky-fingered candy crooks.

When the officers arrived at Scudder’s house, he answered the door with a mouthful of Skittles. Cops found 20 bags of candy in the house, and another 20 in a backpack.

Damage to the concession stand was estimated between $500 and $1,000.

Umm ... Thanks Guys, But He Can Keep It

GUILFORD, N.Y. (AP) — A police official at the Chenango County Sheriff's Department said authorities plan to let "nature to take its course" after a furniture delivery man gulped down a diamond ring.

The waiting game for the evidence began after Michael Kuchinski, 35, of Binghamton, admitted swallowing the $1,000 ring after seeing it on a bedroom dresser Tuesday afternoon.

Sheriff's deputies took the man to a hospital in Norwich, where doctors used X-rays to determine that ingesting the ring wouldn't harm him. Kuchinski was then admitted to the hospital after he said he felt ill.

Kuchinski was charged with larceny and criminal tampering, for delaying the recovery of the ring.

Behold! The Traffic-Snarling Paper Clip of Doom

ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) — Traffic signals that went haywire at the city's busiest intersection over Memorial Day weekend left technicians stymied for five days until state experts discovered the cause: a wayward paper clip.

The malfunction reverted the signals at Ellis Avenue and Lakeshore Drive to a default mode, flashing yellow and red. Typically, the signals only go out after accidents in which a vehicle hits one of the poles, but there had been no such crash.

When city crews finally called in the state Department of Transportation for help, a DOT official spotted the culprit — a paper clip had fallen behind the signal's control panel and shorted out the system.

Ironically, the paper clip had been used to hold a card with names and phone numbers of technicians who maintain the signals, said Pat Colgrove, city operation manager.

"I was shocked," he said. "I said, 'You got to be kidding me."'

Thanks to Out There reader Amy M.

Oh Deer!

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — A spooked deer rampaged through an apartment on Monday morning, leaving a flood, temporarily displacing a family and leaving the family dog temporarily unconscious.

Jerry Falkner said he "heard glass breaking" and "thought someone was breaking in," after the deer smashed through a window.

"The next thing I know, a deer is running toward my room," he said.

The animal ran into the bathroom, and the family locked it inside. The Falkners, however, did not know that their pit bull, Shadow, was in inside the room with the deer. The deer kicked on the water, flooding the apartment, and briefly knocked the dog unconscious.

Police, with the family's help, got the dog out of the bathroom, while Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials tranquilized the doe and took it away. Police Officer Victor Cera said the deer apparently was behind the apartment building when it was spooked by dogs let out of a kennel.

Falkner said he believed the doe came through the window to elude children who cornered it near two 7-foot-high fences behind the apartment.

"In the 16 years that I've been doing this, I've seen all kinds of stuff," Cera said. "But this is probably the most bizarre."

Thanks to Out There reader David F.

'It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times ...'

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Before this week, Jim Hourihan of Liverpool, England, had never heard of Manchester, N.H. But thanks to a mix-up, he ended up there this week while trying to fly to another Manchester — the one on the other side of the Atlantic.

Hourihan boarded a Continental Airlines flight in Los Angeles on Monday, but it wasn't until he got on a connecting flight in Cleveland — a 50-seat regional jet — that he realized he was headed to New England instead of jolly old England.

"When I first saw the plane I thought, 'That's not going to Manchester, England,'" Hourihan told WMUR-TV. "And it was then that it dawned on me. There must be two Manchesters."

Tuesday evening, after a stay in Manchester, Continental booked Hourihan on a flight to Newark, N.J., to connect with a flight home, at no extra charge, said Brian O'Neill, assistant director at Manchester Boston Regional Airport.

Hourihan said he liked Manchester, but felt it could use a few more pubs.

Even with the detour, Hourihan said he was having a great journey home.

"He did receive the VIP treatment while he was here," O'Neill said.

He said he learned Hourihan is not the first passenger to have landed in the wrong Manchester.

The mix-up came as the airport spread the word about its new name. It's just added "Boston Regional" to the name, so Manchester pops up for travelers and agents looking to book flights to the Boston area.

Previously, he said, Manchester might not show up until on page 11 or 12 of a computer flight search, but now it sometimes appears on the first or second page.

Thanks to Out There reader Rob E.

Compiled by's Taylor Timmins.

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