Dumb crimes, legal lunacy abound in February

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It was the shortest month of the year, but people still found plenty of time to commit dumb crimes and get mixed up in all sorts of legal lunacy. Here are some of the highlights:

Big cheese: Quebec’s gourmet thieves keep on committing crimes. Last year, it was the $18-million maple syrup heist that made international headlines, although mostly for the sake of making goofy jokes about Canada.

A cheese-store employee in Saint-Guillame, Que., was thinking big with an attempt to steal 12,000 kilograms of cheese, valued at around $185,000.

The owner of a nearby fromagerie blamed the attempted heist on the “cheese mafia,” which raises all sorts of questions. But we’re not going to go there, since it sounds like a fearsome bunch.

Big G back in action: As mentioned in our recent update on bizarre theft cases, Vancouver police recovered the beloved mascot of the Harlem Globetrotters who had disappeared from the team bus. It wasn’t a slam dunk though, as they weren’t even searching for the 10-foot inflatable mascot, Big G just  showed up in an unrelated apartment search.

Fast driving, slow renewing: A police speed trap near St. Catharine’s, Ont. netted a man whose license had expired… in 1978. The man’s license had expired 37 years ago and he’d been driving under suspension for over 20 years.


Corrected correction: Brampton, Ont. police took a ton of flak from lawyers and the media when they arrested lawyer Laura Liscio, who allegedly passed a controlled substance to a client. Critics blasted the cops for handcuffing the lawyer and marching her through the courthouse, still in her robes, to a police car.

The cops released a statement to clarify all that “false information.” She hadn’t been handcuffed, and plainclothes officers escorted her to an unmarked car, they said. Several days later, they issued another press release to clarify that virtually all of that “false information” was totally true.

Ratted out:  A Hamilton, Ont. woman tried to attend court with two prohibited pals: a pair of pet rats. A security officer was “wanding” court attendees when he discovered the two rodents nestled in the hood of her winter coat.

Excavation explanation? A “mystery tunnel” made national headlines after cops uncovered a strange, well-built underground chamber near the site of the upcoming 2015 Pan-Am Games in Toronto.

Speculation abounds. A prank? A grow-op? Cheap sports fans looking to sneak in? Police were quick to clarify that the tunnel was not terrorism-related… but also admitted they have no idea what it’s for and are asking for the public’s help.

Read about more unusual legal issues in our Uncommon Law blog.

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