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  • This Week in Weird, Sept. 17

  • Police say couple took son shoplifting, dog tracks man after vending machine break-in and more in this week’s edition.

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  • Police say couple took son shoplifting
    FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — A Framingham couple had their young son in tow when they stole more than $500 from a supermarket, police said.
    Police arrested Timothy Brady, 40, and his wife, Diane Rockwood, 40, last Friday at the Stop & Shop, police said.
    On Friday, store security called police and said they had a shoplifter in custody, according to a police report filed by Officer Stephen Buma.
    Buma spoke to Brady, who had been caught leaving the store with a loaded shopping cart, along with his 7-year-old son. Security officers also said they were looking for a woman Brady was working with.
    "He told me that his accomplice was his wife, Diane Rockwood, and that he was very sorry," Buma wrote in his report.
    While police were questioning Brady, workers found Rockwood trying to load a second shopping cart full of stolen groceries into a car in the parking lot.
    When questioned, the pair admitted they stole the more $500 in groceries because of "financial hardships," Buma said.
    Buma also filed a report with the state Department of Children and Families because the couple brought their child to the store knowing they were going to commit a crime.
    K-9 tracks man after vending machine break-in
    GREEN, Ohio — A Canton man was arrested after a police dog tracked him from a vending machine break-in at an oil-change business, investigators said.
    The 36-year-old man was arrested at 2 a.m. last Friday in a wooded area.
    Inspector William Holland of the Summit County Sheriff’s Department said the man had run into the woods after the break-in of a pop or snack machine. A police dog named Hero tracked him into the woods, where deputies arrested the man.
    The man was charged with criminal damaging and coin machine tampering, both misdemeanor charges.
    Police: Homeless man tried to escape on bike
    FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - A homeless man tried to outrun a police car on his bicycle to avoid being arrested for a break-in, police said.
    Police arrested Joseph Beaulieu, 40, at 2:28 a.m., about two hours after he broke into Makari's Market, Deputy Police Chief Craig Davis said.
    Police went to the convenience store at 12:15 a.m. for an alarm.
    When they arrived, they found the glass in the front door had been smashed. A review of security camera footage showed a man stealing lottery tickets, Davis said.
    It appeared the man stole two books of tickets, including one that had only five tickets remaining. The deputy chief said he did not know the value of the tickets.
    An officer on patrol saw a man, later identified as Beaulieu, who matched the description of the thief, riding his bicycle about 2:10 a.m.
    Page 2 of 2 - "The officer got out of his cruiser and told (Beaulieu) to stop," Davis said. "He immediately began speeding up, peddling faster, to get away from the officer."
    The officer jumped back in his car and put his blue lights on to try to get Beaulieu to stop, but he kept riding. He cut across the road in front of the police car.
    Beaulieu jumped off his bike and tried to run but was caught. He still had the scratch tickets on him when he was stopped, Davis said.
    Beaulieu was charged with breaking and entering, resisting arrest and giving police a fake name.
    Accused shoplifter's bracelet considered a 'deadly weapon'
    ALLIANCE, Ohio — A man arrested on a shoplifting charge at a Wal-Mart store may have been armed — with a bracelet.
    Police say the 19-year-old man’s poor choice for a fashion accessory was actually a weapon “with no lawful purpose.”
    The man was arrested at 11:20 p.m. Wednesday at the store, where he was accused of stealing $41.48 in undisclosed merchandise, Stark County Jail records said.
    The jail records said he took the items, concealed them and then left the store without paying for them.
    Arriving police not only arrested him and charged him with petty theft, they also charged him with carrying a concealed weapon.
    The jail records said he had “ready at hand, a deadly weapon,” which he was wearing.
    “(He) possessed a padded bracelet that had several screws screwed through the bracelet. He advised us that he carries this weapon for his protection and has no lawful purpose to possess this type of weapon,” the jail records said.
    GateHouse News Service
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