Thursday 2/7

wrapped in towelThe fore­cast is mostly cloudy for a Florida man who was caught in the act of bur­glar­iz­ing a home while wrapped in a towel – only to tell cops that they couldn’t detain him because he was the sun. Yes, the glow­ing object in the sky that gives us heat and light. Since it was after dark, police couldn’t auto­mat­i­cally dis­count his story, but a quick back­ground check revealed that his real name was Brett Eric Drachen­burg. He was charged with one count of burglary.

A South Car­olina man who was prepar­ing for a video shoot ended up star­ring in a prison drama instead – after he was arrested for felony imper­son­ation for scar­ing the heck out of a woman by chas­ing her in a prop car decked out to look like a police cruiser. Jason Stod­dard, who works as a video­g­ra­pher, said he was sim­ply play­ing a prank on a friend when he pulled the stunt. But the woman, who called the real cops, insisted she had no idea who he was. Once they caught up with him and pulled him over, they found the fake squad car con­tained most of the items in their vehi­cle, includ­ing a night­stick, hand­cuffs and flash­ing lights – all of which Stod­dard said were to be used in his video. Stod­dard said he tried to explain to police what hap­pened, but they weren’t inter­ested in his story.

Anthony Par­rish had set up a large tent in a secluded stretch of woods to pro­tect and hide his makeshift Mary­jane grow-house, but didn’t check out his neigh­bors nearly care­fully enough. He set up shop right next to a facil­ity used to train police dogs. One of the drug-sniffing K-9s pulled its han­dler away from a run­ning track right over to the tent – which turned out to con­tain 79 plants. He’s being held on a pair of drug charges.

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