She torched wrong car: Craziest crimes of the week

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(NEWSER) – Some parents a little too enthusiastic about the first day of school and a bank robbery with an odd motive were among the strangest crimes stories of the week:

  • Woman set fire to wrong guy's car, cops say:   A young woman police have identified through surveillance video as 19-year-old Carmen Chamblee is charged with setting fire to a Honda Civic in Clearwater, Fla., and she says she thought it was her ex-boyfriend's. It wasn't. Thomas Jennings, the man who owned the vehicle, says he's "never seen her in my life." And it turns out the case isn't without precedent.
  • Mom smokes celebratory joint near school, cops say: It's one way to send the kids off to school: When cops on Canada's Vancouver Island pulled over a car speeding in a school zone, a telltale scent wafted from the window. Police say the female driver then admitted smoking a joint with other moms to celebrate their kids' return to school. Luckily for her, she passed a sobriety test, though she still ended up with a ticket.
  • 70-year-old allegedly robs bank to escape wife: Home life not going so well? Just rob a bank and get yourself relocated to jail. That's what a 70-year-old Kansas man allegedly did. Police say Lawrence John Ripple walked into Kansas City's Bank of Labor and gave the teller a note reading, "I have a gun, give me money." The thing is, it worked. But then Ripple set about putting his real plan into place.


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