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In Les Misérables, Jean Valjean pays a life of penance for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his family. Sure, desperate times call for desperate measures. But we can’t even image the motivations (not to mention the chutzpah) of some other news-making crooks. Here are the totally bonkers things they got away with -- or at least tried to!
15,000 Bottles of BluePrintCleanse Juice
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Earlier this month more than 15,000 bottles of BluePrintCleanse juice were lifted from a New York City warehouse by a suspect posing as a delivery driver. The raw and organic cleanse drinks retail for about $10 per bottle. We admit, there are lots of things we'd do for a killer beach body this summer, but this isn't one of them!
11,000 Pounds of Nutella
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Last month, a thief stole 11,000 pounds of the chocolate-hazelnut spread Nutella from parked truck in Germany. That much yummy goodness is worth about $20,000. Here's hoping the same thief who nabbed the Nutella also took the juice for a post-binge cleanse. (Zing!)
$65,000 Worth of Chicken Wings
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Earlier this year near Atlanta, two men were arrested and charged with felony theft for lifting $65,000 worth of chicken wings, according to ABC News. That's one massive summer barbecue!
A Lion Carcass
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Beyond food, thieves tried to get away with a shocking variety of loot that we can hardly believe. Five people were charged with trying to steal the carcass of a lion that was killed during the exotic animal escape in Ohio in 2011, when police were forced to shoot the beauties after their owner released them before killing himself. Police stopped the men after the incident and found the dead animal in their Jeep, TruTV reported. We bet those same thieves wouldn't dream of trying the same thing if the lion had been alive…
300 Manhole Covers
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In 1990, two thieves stole 300 manhole covers weighing 300 pounds apiece, and attempted to sell them for scrap metal at $6 a pop, according to Oddee. We can think of a few less physically demanding ways to make a few bucks. Recycling cans, for instance. Or going out for a barista gig in a nice, air-conditioned Starbucks…
Human Hair Ponytails
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Sick, sick, sick! A man attempted to profit from the theft of close to 100 ponytails from hair salons in Illinois while posing as someone from Locks of Love, the charity that makes wigs for sick kids who've lost their hair. Judging by the crazy mane in his mugshot -- which, to our mind, is not unlike Nick Nolte's famous mugshot -- he hardly needed the hair for himself.
A 38-Foot Bridge
Among the physically largest thefts of all time has to be a whole bridge that was dismantled and stolen in Russia. Yes, a 38-foot-long traffic bridge made of steel disappeared overnight. Police suspected the thieves’ goal was to sell it for scrap metal. Even crazier? Cracked reported that two other bridges disappeared in the region earlier the same year. We can only imagine the Craigslist for-sale ad.
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An Entire Beach
And this one wins our prize for the weirdest thing ever stolen: the theft of an entire beach! Thieves carted off hundreds of tons of sand from a beach in Jamaica, possibly by a tourism industry perp bent on increasing profits, Cracked reported. While we'd love a beachfront property ourselves, we draw the line at stealing the beach to make it possible!