Theft can be defined as an illegal taking of another person’s property. The crime is synonymous with embezzlement, robbery, looting, burglary and larceny. Here are just 10 fascinating cases where thieves done things that were out of the ordinary.
1. Stolen Lion Carcases:
Some people steal money, others steal valuables. 5 Ohio men stole dead lions once they heard that police were shooting them down. They proceeded to then lift the lion into their SUV and drove away. They now face 6 months in jail and $1000 fine.
2. Charlene Doell:
Doell was the financial administrator for Saskatchewan College of Physical Therapists in Saskatoon, Canada. Instead of writing cheques to different parties as requested by employer, she wrote the cheques to herself. She scammed and stole $80,000 from her employee. Doell is most likely going to serve 8 months in jail.
3. Danwine Dewayne Renard:
Renard is a prisoner in Missouri. From his jail cell he was able to steal the identities of residents in Madison and St. Clair counties. He was also able to open accounts in their names. The theft scheme totalled $200,000. Renard was sentenced to 12 more years in jail.
4. Tina M. Jacobsen:
A woman from Neenah was charged on 3 felony counts of theft. She embezzled over $500,000 from the blood bank. She had used fraudulent expense reimbursements and drafted cheques to herself. I wonder why they called after $500,000 was missing?
5. Tomas Hvozdar:
This is a case of moral debate. Hvozdar has a dying step daughter at home. He is also distraught about losing his daughter. He stole the donation box totalling around $3,000 as a result. He wanted to use that money for food. Intentions were good, but did Hvozdar have to go through such extremes to get money?
6. Dumpster Diving:
This is quite popular and many do find great items in trash cans, especially when desperate. In the case of Tennant Company v. Advance Machine Company (1985), the owner of the contents inside the dumpster was awarded $500,000 in damages. This was after someone stole and made use of the customer list he threw out into the dumpster.
7. Cable Thieves:
Glasglow was in blackout in November of 2011. This blackout was not caused by a malfunction. It was rather caused by cable thieves who steal copper cables. 50,000 homes were affected.
8. Jewelry Theft:
The Duchess of Windsor`s apartment was ransacked in October of 1946. Jewelry was taken as well as other valuables. Those valuables were later spread throughout a golf course. Between $80,000 to $100,000 of gems were reportedly taken.
9. TJ Maxx and Barnes & Noble:
11 people were held in connection to debit and credit fraud at this store in Texas in 2008. The cost of theft was around $40 million. Agents were from China, Ukraine, Turkey, USA and Germany.
10. Harry Potter Theft:
There was a case of copyright theft. J.K. Rowlings sued the Harry Potter Lexicon. The Lexicon was using Voldemort`s name to write.