Seussian surveillance video tracks ‘SummerGrinch’

St. John’s homeowner John Gordon caught the so-called ‘SummerGrinch’ on home surveillance cameras. (Facebook)

This may be the most entertaining theft you’ll ever see.

It’s become increasingly common for theft or accident victims to post homemade video online to try to shame or identify the culprits.  It’s fairly effective, but, as with any online video, you need a good gimmick to attract viewers.

A St. John’s man certainly managed.

John Gordon realized last week his electric bike and other items were missing from his garage. Home video showed a thief — whom Gordon dubbed the #SummerGrinch on social media — tiptoeing in to take the bike and other items. The bold burglar returned later to steal the bike’s charger as well.

So Gordon made this excellent Dr. Seuss-inspired surveillance video:


Please Share! This guy broke into my house Wednesday morning, stole an electric bike and some other things, have a look (and a laugh) and help catch him! #SUMMERGRINCH

Posted by John Winston on Monday, July 27, 2015

Thanks to the enthusiastic audience response — and the Grinch’s unmistakable appearance on camera — he’s apparently already been identified. Gordon says he’s received multiple tips and turned them over to police, who will head up Mt. Crumpit to make the arrest.

Lotto jackpot scam leads to arrest

There are certain conditions for claiming your lottery jackpot: you’ve got to take part in a promotional photo shoot and have your name published, for example. You don’t have to pay for security guards and an armoured car to transport a lottery cheque to you.

One Ontario senior didn’t know that, and fell for a weird little scam perpetrated by a Mississauga man.

The 76-year-old scammer called the woman last April, claiming she’d won a $4.5-million jackpot. However, he said she had to pay $7,000 to cover guards and secure transportation for her big cheque.

See: Can lottery winners remain anonymous?

She mailed the cheques and he cashed them, but it also led police right to him. He’s been charged with fraud and is due in court in September.

B.C. court OKs paternity test after grisly murder

A gruesome Vancouver murder has taken an odd and dramatic twist that sounds more like an improbable Hollywood thriller than real life.

A Chinese woman has won a court case allowing a paternity test to prove her baby daughter is the sole offspring of a murdered West Vancouver millionaire.

Gang Yuan was found chopped into more than 100 pieces at his home in May. In early June, Xuan Yang came forward claiming she was Yuan’s former lover and their baby is entitled to his $50-million estate.

Her case reached the B.C. Supreme Court, which approved her bid to prove paternity. Results are expected late next month.

Under a relatively new B.C. law, the baby stands to inherit his entire estate.

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