Here is a look at some of the unusual, bizarre and most talked about crime news in Southwest Florida and around the state over the past few months.
Gainesville police have arrested three suspects in connection to a robbery that netted 75 cents.
Gainesville Police Department spokesman Lt. Keith Kameg says three men approached a 17-year-old Monday and demanded $5. When the teen could only produce 75 cents, one of the men punched him in the mouth.
This charge reminds of us of an incident in Naples last year.
With sky-high gas prices, 42 cents won’t get you very far nowadays.
However, it will get you a trip to jail.
A 43-year-old Bonita Springs man was arrested Monday morning after Naples police say he stole 42 cents from a mall fountain.
Laslo Mujzer, 43, 26801 Silverado East Drive, was charged with petty theft under $100, a misdemeanor.
Earl Lawless appears to be the happiest person to be arrested in the past few months. Lawless, 61, was charged with disorderly intoxication on Aug. 12 (fourth photo in gallery).
Graham Brunson appears to have the opposite disposition about his arrest (third picture in gallery).
Unhappy about being asked to leave a local watering hole, Naples police say a 21-year-old man took revenge: He unzipped his pants and urinated at the bar.
But if his mug shot is any indicator, the rest of his plan didn’t go so swell.
Police say in April, Brunson, 2060 20th Ave. N.E., was causing a disturbance at Shane’s Cabana Bar at Bayfront, 495 Goodlette-Frank Road, yelling obscenities and disturbing customers at the bar, according to an arrest report. When security asked him to leave, reports say Brunson unzipped his pants and urinated at the bar.
A problem with a food order at McDonald’s in Estero led to the arrest of a woman, who is accused of slapping a complaining customer where her mother works. The mother also hit the man while defending her daughter, according to an arrest report.
Undercooked potatoes and burnt bread led to the Tuesday evening arrest of Meredith Hart Mulcahy, 66-year-old Bonita Springs woman, on a charge for shaking her 71-year-old common-law husband. The couple has been together for 15 years.
A Golden Gate woman was arrested Wednesday after deputies say she stole $850 worth of presents given to a friend during a birthday party.
According to Sheriff’s reports, Taylor Chee Walls, 18, 303 Burnt Pine Drive, went to Ryan Fibble’s house 3354 Timberwood Circle, on June 18, to help celebrate his birthday.
Walls asked if she could spend the night and Fibble agreed.
Reports said that when Fibble woke up the next morning, he found that Walls and all of his birthday gifts— including $300 cash— were missing from his home.
Three North Florida residents tried to imitate a crime seen on a Dateline NBC TV show but were caught with counterfeit currency.
Joseph Edward Rimes, 35, of Fernandina Beach was charged with washing $1 U.S. currency bills with a household cleaner and then printing $100 currency onto the washed out $1 bills. He stated he and his girlfriend, Valerie Marietta Carver, had reprinted the money while inside William Rodeffer’s vehicle traveling from Fernandina Beach to Naples, the report states. The three were heading to an overnight fishing trip to the Dry Tortugas.
A 24-year-old Naples woman, unemployed and uninsured, went to her childhood physician in search of medical treatment and in return received an indecent proposal, according to Marco Island police reports.
The unnamed victim told Marco police in early July that the doctor, Andrew Martin Guidry, told her that in order to get treatment she would need to have sex with him. Guidry, a 46-year-old Marco physician and former Marco Island City Council candidate, was charged in July with solicitation to commit prostitution, a misdemeanor charge.
A 68-year-old Golden Gate Estates woman who was driving with an estimated blood alcohol level of .197 crashed into a Collier County Sheriff’s patrol car during a three-vehicle accident. Quinn Judith Fenton, of 5940 Sonoma Court, was arrested by troopers in August near the intersection of Vanderbilt Beach Road and Stacil Circle after hitting Cpl. Ari Mantalvanos’ patrol vehicle.
After a long day of work, an East Naples woman had quite the surprise waiting for her at home in January -- a drunk man passed out in her bed, who, when awoken, propositioned her for sex, according to Collier County Sheriff’s Office reports.
Dianne Williamson, 53, told deputies that she arrived at home, the 3400 block of Bayshore Drive, after work, only to find an unknown man sleeping on her bed, the Sheriff’s Office reported.