Monday 6/18


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  1 tech­nol­ogy 0 jewel thief!  Author­i­ties said a Mur­ri­eta woman arrived home around 1 p.m. and an intruder fled from inside her garage when she opened the door.  The woman dis­cov­ered a safe from her bed­room had been taken to the garage and jew­elry and cash were miss­ing from inside the home. Police said the woman also dis­cov­ered a cell phone she didn’t rec­og­nize in her bed­room.  Lo and behold offi­cers traced the device to Kyle Thomas Lank­ford, the thief, of Menifee. He was arrested.

 A Wash­ing­ton state man said he does not know the ori­gins of the giant ice chunk that crashed though his roof and into his home. Sam Edmon said he was in bed at 11 p.m. when he heard a noise that sounded like an explo­sion.  Edmon said he inves­ti­gated the next morn­ing and found a hole in his roof sur­rounded by wet insu­la­tion and chunks of ice. The home­owner said he sus­pected the ice came off the wing of a plane, but the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Admin­is­tra­tion told him there were no planes over his house at the time of the inci­dent. Edmond, who said a piece of air­plane engine landed in his back yard in 1984, said the repair bill from the ice
crash was just under $1,000.

A truck dri­ver texted his bosses to say that he’d be unable to deliver his load because he was being held hostage — but neglected to men­tion that his cap­tors were named Jack Daniels and Jim Beam. Thomas James Con­ner said two men with guns took his keys and told him to stay with the truck until they returned to steal it and the load of berries he was trans­port­ing. When cops arrived to inves­ti­gate the sit­u­a­tion, they found Con­ner and another man about a quar­ter mile away, wan­der­ing along­side the high­way, drunk. He now faces charges of dri­ving while intox­i­cated, unlaw­ful pos­ses­sion of an open con­tainer and fil­ing a false police report.

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