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Police Report

News of the Weird

By News of the Weird

Published Nov. 10, 2017

Police Report

A SWAT team from the Sumter County (Florida) Sheriff's department raided The Villages retirement community on June 21, uncovering what they believe is a golf cart chop-shop operation, along with illegal drugs, in the sprawling complex near Ocala. Souped-up golf carts are a popular way to get around in the community, which is home to more than 150,000 people. Windshields, seat cushions, wheels and tires were found in the garage, along with drugs "in plain sight" in the home, Deputy Gary Brannen said. Five people, ranging in age from 38 to 63, were arrested. [CBS News, 6/26/2017]

A determined pregnant woman in Asheville, North Carolina, was charged June 28 with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon after she ran over the man who had been caught rifling through her SUV. Christine Braswell, 26, confronted Robert Raines, 34, in a Walmart parking lot, but when he ran, she couldn't run after him. "Me being five months pregnant, I chased a little ways, then come back, jumped in the car, threw it in gear and come across the curb and ran him over. I was not going to let him get away with it," Braswell said. Raines sustained minor injuries. [WLOS, 6/28/2017]

A hopeful driver, pulled over by Dakota County (Minnesota) Deputy Mike Vai in June, produced a "get out of jail free" card from a Monopoly game in an effort to escape charges on a controlled substance warrant. The amused officer shared the incident on his department's Facebook page, but took the unidentified man into custody nonetheless. [KARE, 6/26/2017]