Odd Side – January 8, 2019

350-Pound Headstone Stolen From Massachusetts Business

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts business owner doesn’t know who broke into her company, but she does know they had to have been pretty strong.

Donna Brewer, owner of Savino Empire Monuments in Pittsfield, tells the Berkshire Eagle that someone cut a hole in her front fence Wednesday morning and made off with a 350-pound headstone worth about $1,700.

She’s been in business for 21 years and has never had a headstone stolen.

She says the gray granite piece would have required “two real big strong guys” to carry, plus a truck.

She says it never occurred to her that someone would steal a headstone, so her security cameras don’t cover the front display area.

Brewer has asked area headstone engravers and cemeteries to keep an eye out for it.

Police are investigating.

Mississippi Man Orders Wife Diamond Bracelet, Gets 48

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man says he ordered his wife a $2,000 diamond bracelet for a gift and was shocked see 48 of the bracelets when he opened the box.

WATN reports Olive Branch Alderman Dale Dickerson ordered the bracelet from a company called Jewelry Unlimited that’s based in Atlanta.

When Dale received his shipment, there were dozens of bracelets in the box but no paperwork.

Dale called the company after catching his breath. He says the manager sounded panicked but Dale sent the extra bracelets back.

The manager thanked him for his honesty in an email and the company sent a pair of diamond earrings as a thank-you for returning the bracelets.

Man Held After Using Front-End Loader to Make Get-Away

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police have arrested a 42-year-old Anchorage man suspected of stealing a front-end loader and using it as his get-away vehicle after a burglary.

Police say Brian Petross was held Wednesday on suspicion of vehicle theft, burglary, theft, reckless driving and criminal mischief. Online court documents do not list his attorney.

A person walking a dog Wednesday morning reported a broken door at a west-side hair salon.

Officers determined someone drove a front-end loader to the salon, picked up a frozen planter, smashed the front door window, entered the business and stole numerous items.

While responding to another burglary, officers spotted the front-end loader and conducted a traffic stop.

They arrested Petross and determined he had stolen the heavy equipment Saturday from a secured lot on the city’s east side.

A Year After Being Stolen, New Jersey Man’s Dog Is Returned

WALL, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been reunited with his dog, more than a year after the pooch was stolen from his car.

The dog-napping happened in Virginia when the owner was on vacation.

A few days ago the Yorkie was taken in as a stray by Richmond Animal Care and Control.

NJ.com reports the dog’s microchip showed its owner lived in Wall Township. The owner, identified only as John T., wasn’t able to drive to Virginia, so volunteers from the shelter drove the dog to New Jersey on Thursday.