Holiday Crime Stories

The feel good crime story everyone is linking to today is the Clerk who Punched Out Would-Be Stick-Up Robber, Then Made Him Clean Up His Own Blood While Awaiting Police, which admittedly, is pretty awesome.

But there’s also the thief in Santa Cruz who made off with a big ol’ bag of dog poop after he mugged a 62 year old woman who was walking her dog.

A would-be mugger made off with something more malodorous than money Thursday morning, police said.

An unknown man approached a 62-year-old woman as she was walking her dog just before 10 a.m. on the 100 block of Dakota. The man demanded the woman she give him everything she had, and he said that if she didn’t, he would kick her dog.

The woman handed him a bag and the suspect fled. Unbeknownst to the suspect, the bag she gave him contained her dog’s feces.

The suspect is still on the loose.

Then there’s the thief who chose poorly when he decided to shoplift from Walmart on “Shop with a Cop Night”.

A shoplifting suspect who picked Wednesday night to try and steal a DVD player didn’t realize it was also Shop With A Cop Night at the Gretna, NE. Walmart.

More than 24 Sarpy County Sheriff’s Department deputies were in the store at the time.

Some of the deputies taking 75 underprivileged children holiday shopping noticed a man running from the Walmart with electronics in hand.

As pictures were being snapped with the children, deputies and Santa, 49-year-old David Sherman headed for the parking lot.

Several officers caught up to him hiding in a car.

“It really set the tone for the weekend coming up for us, for Christmas and what Christmas is supposed to be about,” said Sarpy County Lt. Kevin Griger.

Sherman was booked on felony shoplifting charges.

Moonbattracker posted some holiday crime stories from this past week, but you wouldn’t exactly call them, “feel-good”:

Vomiting DC Occupier Assaults Woman In Tent, Kicks Officer In Groin While Resisting Arrest

Evicted Albany Occupiers Suspected Of Vandalizing City’s Christmas Light Display Resulting in $25,000 in Damage (Video)

Eugene Occupiers Camp Out On City Councilor’s Lawn – 4 Arrested

Video: Occupier Beaten And Choked To Death In Eugene, OR Encampment

Video: Nashville Occu-Bimbos Brawl On Christmas

Actually, most occupy stories are crime stories, these days.

This is pretty despicable, via Gateway Pundit: Shopper Punches 70 Year-Old Walmart Greeter For Asking for Receipt – Fractures Face

I do not get the allure of these over-priced sneakers. First the violent mall stampedes as the new line of Air Jordans were launched in stores, now they’re being stolen right off of people’s feet. WTH?

Woman’s Face Slashed, Man Beaten and Robbed of Air Jordans

Also this:

Mall of America melee may have started over rumors of Drake and Lil Wayne visit:

Rumors that rap superstars Drake and Lil Wayne were visiting Minnesota’s Mall of America may have sparked Monday’s massive brawl at the giant retail center, a local TV station said.

Nine people were arrested as dozens of shoppers fought on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, according to local media reports.

The melee began in the food court and swiftly moved to other parts of the complex. Shoppers were knocked to the floor and sent scurrying away, and a number of stores closed early.

What is the matter with people?

No crime here – just a holiday feel good story: Colorado man finds $10K in Vegas, returns to owner:

That’s $10,000 in cash found by good Samaritan, Mitch Gilbert, in two unmarked Caesar’s Palace envelopes.

Gilbert had a winning weekend in Las Vegas in early December, but he came upon some really big money at the airport as he was about to catch a flight home.

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“There was $5,000 in each envelope. I just about fell over, I couldn’t believe it,” Gilbert said.

He discovered the cash when he opened the envelopes at his home in Greenwood Village.

“If it happened to me I sure would want that back,” Gilbert said.

Some may have thought they hit the jackpot, but Gilbert knew he had to return the money.

“I wanted to show my kids the right thing to do. It would have been a lot easier keeping it to be honest with you. But I felt like I had to get it back to the right person,” Gilbert said.

He called the airport in Las Vegas, but they would not even take down his name.

“They didn’t do that. It was against the rules. I just said, ‘Well, I’ll keep calling back and I’ll give it 30 days,'” Gilbert said.

Gilbert kept his word to continue calling the airport. More than two weeks later, the operator told him a man in El Paso, Texas reported losing two Caesar’s Palace envelopes full of cash.

“She goes, ‘Well, this is breaking the rules, but you’re trying to do the right thing,'” Gilbert said.

9NEWS reached Ignacio Marquez by telephone from his home in El Paso. Marquez says he won the money gambling and dropped it as he was running to catch a flight.

“Relief is an understatement. Cash money is very difficult to get back. I’m very appreciative to Mitch and his family. You do not find people like this,” Marquez said.

Marquez knew the odds of someone actually returning $10,000 were pretty slim.

Video here.

Kinda restores your faith in humanity, doesn’t it?

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Non-Republican Mischief Voters Pushing Ron Paul To The Head Of The Pack

Yeah, I’m sure you’ve been wondering about this, too. The idea that this anti-Israel, racist newsletter-writing, extreme isolationist, 9/11 truther would be leading in some Iowa polls had me questioning the sanity of the Iowa GOP. Can this possibly be?

In short – it can’t. Byron York, upon perusing the latest polls, reports that much of his support is coming from non-Republicans:

The Texas congressman is leading some polls in Iowa and is in a tie for second in New Hampshire. A candidacy once dismissed as sideshow is now being taken very seriously; the front page of Monday’s Des Moines Register featured a huge spread under the headline “COULD RON PAUL WIN?”

Given Paul’s views on the Fed, the gold standard and social issues, not to mention his isolationist foreign policy, the polls have left some politicos wondering whether Republican voters have somehow swerved off the rails. But there’s another question that should be asked first: Who are Ron Paul’s supporters? Are they, in fact, Republicans?

In an analysis accompanying his most recent survey in Iowa, pollster Scott Rasmussen noted, “Romney leads, with Gingrich in second, among those who consider themselves Republicans. Paul has a wide lead among non-Republicans who are likely to participate in the caucus.”

The same is true in New Hampshire. A poll released Monday by the Boston Globe and the University of New Hampshire shows Paul leading among Democrats and independents who plan to vote in the January 10 primary. But among Republicans, Paul is a distant third — 33 points behind leader Mitt Romney.

York spoke with Andrew Smith, head of the University of New Hampshire poll, who indicated that many of these Paul voters are engaging in election mischief…

 In New Hampshire, Paul is the choice of just 13 percent of Republicans, according to the new poll, while he is the favorite of 36 percent of independents and 26 percent of Democrats who intend to vote in the primary. Paul leads in both non-Republican categories.

“Paul is doing the best job of getting those people who aren’t really Republicans but say they’re going to vote in the Republican primary,” explains Smith. Among that group are libertarians, dissatisfied independents and Democrats who are “trying to throw a monkey wrench in the campaign by voting for someone who is more philosophically extreme,” says Smith.

Paul tops the field when pollsters ask Republicans which candidate they are certain not to support. “When you ask people which candidate they are least likely to vote for, Ron Paul is pretty high, because most Republicans here really don’t want to vote for him,” says Smith. “His support is not coming, by and large, from Republican voters.”

Why are non Republicans even allowed to vote in some Republican primaries and caucuses?  Isn’t that how we ended up with John McCain in 2008? This needs to stop.

Related:

Ace has the latest fun fact revealed about Ron Paul:

Ron Paul on Video: The Bildersbergers Are Plotting To Control The Banking System And Our Natural Resources:

Remember, we’re fighting a “phony war” against Al Qaeda, and it’s all ginned-up neocon nonsense that Iran is cooking up a nuclear bomb, and Hamas was created by Israel.

But the thing we’ve got to really keep our eyes on is the Bildersbergers and Trilateral Commissioners.

MORE:

The Right Scoop: Bolton: If you’re thinking about Ron Paul, think again!

Doug Ross: 10 Fun Facts You May Not Have Known About Ron Paul

Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!