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BERLIN, GERMANY (AP)- Police in northwestern Germany are searching for a brazen thief — or thieves — who knocked down the wall of a house with a tractor and made off with a safe.

Police say the tractor was used in the early morning to bash down the wall of the home in the town of Buende, west of Hannover, according to the DPA News Agency.

The thief or thieves grabbed the safe and fled, and the John Deer farm tractor was left halfway inside the house.

Authorities say the home’s residents weren’t harmed in the robbery but refused to say what was being kept in the safe or to give any further information because of the ongoing investigation.


TORRINGTON, CONNECTICUT (WNEP-TV) Police say a man stole a valuable coin collection from his father and put it through a CoinStar machine at a local supermarket in order to get money to buy crack cocaine.

Leonard Rinaldi, 53, of Torrington, was arrested on larceny charges in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars worth of valuable coins from his father.

The coins, worth $8,000, were reported stolen on October 11th.  Police say Rinaldi told them he stole the coins, took them to a CoinStar machine at a Stop and Shop and received approximately $60 for them.  He then told police he used the money to buy crack cocaine. 

Police say he has a lengthy criminal record and was living at home with his father at the time of the theft.

Authorities have video of Rinaldi at the CoinStar machine and say that many of the coins that were not rejected by the machine because of their silver content have been recovered.  Police don’t know where the rejected coins ended up.

Rinaldi was being held on $10,000 bond and is awaiting a court date to enter a plea.


EPPING, NEW HAMPSHIRE (AP)- Police say two employees at a New Hampshire Burger King have been arrested on drug charges after authorities were tipped off that drive-thru customers who asked for extra crispy fries got marijuana with their meal.

NH1 reports Epping Police Chief Mike Wallace said 20-year-old Garrett Norris was arrested after police conducted a sting operation.  Also arrested was 19-year-old Meagan Dearborn, the shift manager.

Wallace said drive-thru buyers would ask for “Nasty Boy,” then for extra crispy fries.  Wallace said the drugs weren’t put in the food; they were sold in a separate container.  He said the operation didn’t involve the franchise owners.

Norris and Dearborn are scheduled for arraignment February 28.  It wasn’t known if they had lawyers and phone numbers couldn’t be found for them.


PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA (WPEC-TV) A Florida man was arrested after police said he attempted to steal a television from Walmart while officers were there for a “shop-with-a-cop” event.

James Walsh, 50, was walking around a Port St. Lucie-area Walmart with a 58-inch television in his cart and his phone to his ear, WPEC reports.  Surveillance footage showed him walking around the store and attempting to leave without paying before an asset protection officer stopped him.

Police said Walsh ran back into the store and then left through another exit.  He was caught by officers who were there for a “shop-with-a-cop” event.  He admitted to officers that he had stolen a television from the same store the day before.

Walsh was arrested and charged with grand theft, resisting merchant and resisting an officer without violence.


CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA (AP)- A West Virginia man has admitted to leaving a casino to rob a bank before returning to continue gambling.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports 52-year-old Kerry Johnson of Charleston pleaded guilty to a robbery charge.

Johnson had been at the Mardi Gras Casino in Nitro for hours Aug. 2 when he put down a $25 chip to hold his spot. Prosecutors said Johnson then drove 13 miles to a Charleston bank and gave tellers a note saying he had a bomb and a weapon and robbed it.

Johnson then returned to the blackjack table and kept gambling.

Johnson told a judge he’d taken quite a few drugs that day, but recognized himself after seeing video from the bank.

He faces five to 18 years in prison when sentenced in March.


PARSONSFIELD, MAINE (WGME-TV) The York County Sheriff’s Office says a dispute over rent led to a Parsonsfield man damaging his son’s mobile home with a front-end loader.

Police say they responded to the home on Pendexter Road, where 50-year-old John Bubar was involved in a dispute with his 27-year-old son, Michael.

The mobile home where Michael lives is on John’s property.

Police say John Bubar used the front-end loader to pick up and drop the mobile home three times. He continued to damage the home until he learned that his 7-year-old grandson was inside.

The child was not hurt in the incident.

John Bubar was charged with Domestic Violence Reckless Conduct with a Dangerous Weapon. His bail is set at $5,000.


STRATFORD, CONNECTICUT (AP)- A man suspected of breaking into a Connecticut animal hospital looking for drugs made it easy for police to track him down — he left his keys and cellphone behind.

The Connecticut Post reports that police responded to a burglar alarm at The Pet Hospital in Stratford recently to find a rear window broken and blood on the window frame.

Inside, police say they found a trail of blood on the floor, along with keys and a phone. They say it appears the burglar was looking for drugs.

Police traced the phone to 31-year-old Nicholas Bruner and charged him with third-degree burglary and second-degree criminal mischief. He is free on $10,000 bond.

Bruner said he had lost the items but couldn’t remember where.