TODAY’S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .
A man in Hastings, NE, who tried to light a cigarette with a blowtorch and set his house on fire.
The fire chief said the home sustained significant fire damage after the man used a butane torch to light a cigarette.
The man escaped the house safely, but then was hurt trying to re-enter the home through a window.
AND THEN THERE’S …..
Deandre Chiney, 17, Jordon Neely, 19, and a 16-year-old, who swiped four high-performance muscle cars from a dealership near St. Louis then crashed three of them less than a mile away.
The teens stole Dodge Challenger Hellcats, which have about 700 horsepower.
It was apparently too much power for the teens to handle, because three of them immediately crashed less than a mile from the dealership, totaling two of the $50k -$70k cars.
Chiney and Neely are in jail facing a number of charges, including burglary and receiving stolen property.
Police said the 16-year-old will be charged in juvenile court.
A fourth teen is still missing and and so is the vehicle.
OR HOW ABOUT …..
Kenneth Burke, 46, and Timothy Foote, 38, who were arrested for robbery after they stiffed a cab driver who took them to the house they robbed.
The cabbie contacted New Jersey police to say he had taken the pair to and from a home that they entered in a suspicious way.
After dropping them off, they refused to tip him and ran off.
Police investigated and Burke and Foote were charged with burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal trespass, and theft.
OKAY, ONE MORE …..
Jacob May, 21, who was arrested after he attacked a woman in a store because he claimed to be a vampire.
Police in Concorde, New Hampshire say May approached a female employee who was dumping trash outside a store on Tuesday morning.
He said to her, “Touch me, I can save you” and then wrapped his arms around her.
The woman fell to the ground at which point he attacked another employee who tried to fight him off.
When police arrived, May allegedly told them that he was a “vampire, ghost rider, Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, Mr. Miyagi from the Karate Kid, and a leader of a band.”
May was jailed and according to police, was likely under the influence of either drugs or alcohol.