Sometimes I worry. The crime rate has been dropping lately, and that worries me. If there are fewer crimes, there would be fewer loopy and/or dumb crimes for me to write about, which is not good. But then a gaggle of loopy crime stories comes along and I feel better.
First there was Melanie Astin, the Newport Beach woman who was arrested by Newport Beach police Dec. 23 for her allegedly unusual spin on last-minute Christmas shopping. Instead of fighting the crowds at Fashion Island or South Coast Plaza, Astin is suspected of tailing FedEx and UPS trucks on their appointed rounds around Newport Beach. When a driver dropped a box, or two, at the front door, Melanie would allegedly swoop in and borrow them, permanently, according to police.
Police, according to news reports, found a number of items from Santa in her car, just not to her.