Monday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Not everyone flocking to Indy will be there to root for the Giants or Patriots. Police in Indianapolis are getting ready to crack down on Super Bowl pickpockets. Deputy Police Chief Michael Bates says when you have huge crowds downtown, "you're going to have an increase in criminal activity." But Bates warns those with sticky fingers, "You never know who's watching you." He says they'll have hundreds of officers, in uniform and undercover, during Super Bowl week.


TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Forget the red suits. It was Santa casual for this group of Mr. Clauses. Nearly 20 Santa have gathered for their post holiday get-together. The bearded gentlemen play Ol' Saint Nick in Michigan and Ohio. They ate cookies and talked about their concerns, including modern day issues like networking and liability insurance. But they still keep their traditional ideals, even when dealing with impossible requests from kids. Buckeye Santas president Eddie Burch says the first rule is never to lie.


KEANSBURG, N.J. (AP) -- Police say Dennis Bannon was caught sleeping on the job. According to officers, Bannon took a snooze after breaking into a central New Jersey home. The owner returned and found Bannon catching some "Z's" on the couch. Police say it took them several minutes to get Bannon wake up. The Asbury Park Press reports Bannon now faces a number of charges, including burglary and theft.


FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) -- Dennis "Pop" Ryan can hold history in the palm of his hand. He creates tiny figurines and uses them in historic scenes. His dioramas depict everything from the execution of an English king in the 1600s to World War Two battles. Ryan sells some of his figurines for four bucks apiece, in the gift shop he runs at his RV park in New Mexico. But Pop tells a local paper (Daily Times) most of his tiny people aren't for sale.


PALMER PARK, Md. (AP) -- Cody's back home in suburban Washington. The dog was in a car when the car was stolen in Prince George's County, Maryland, last month. Cody's owners called police the other day to say they had heard from someone saying he had found their dog. Detectives went along with the owners to meet with the caller at a neutral location. The car had been found shortly after it was stolen. Police are still investigating.


COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Tenn. (AP) -- Now, even lost pets have a Facebook page. Veterinary assistant Andrew Proffitt has created "Lost and Found Pets" for East Tennessee on the popular social networking site. He says he got the idea after getting calls from people who found animals and didn't know what to do with them. He says he was also hearing from people who had lost their four-legged friends. He tells the Times-News a central information resource can help pet owners through an upsetting situation.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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