Thief allegedly amassed 2,000 bicycles
TORONTO, July 24 (UPI) -- A Toronto bicycle shop owner is suspected of accumulating more than 2,000 stolen bicycles, police said.
Igor Kenk, 49, proprietor of The Bicycle Clinic, faces 60 charges after police raided three locations Wednesday, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.
"I'm astonished," Toronto Police Superintendent Ruth White told reporters. "I've never seen this in 30 years, that allegedly one individual can accumulate this many bicycles over this many years."
Kenk was arrested July 16, after police allegedly saw him directing a man with bolt cutters to steal a bike left by police as bait, the CBC reported. He is to enter a plea Friday.
Finding the bicycles' rightful owners will be tough since most people don't register them. So far, only 55 have been returned.
Toronto police say more than 50,000 bikes have been reported stolen in the city since 1997.
Police post emergency calls on YouTube
TAUNTON, England, July 23 (UPI) -- British police say they have posted recordings of several unusual emergency calls on the Internet to deter people from making unnecessary reports.
Officials at the Avon and Somerset Constabulary said they are using the modern Internet networking approach to reduce the number of unneeded emergency calls they receive, The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday.
One call posted by officials on the Internet video-sharing Web site, YouTube, was from a woman who said she couldn't find her glasses to prepare her lunch.
Another call exposes the plight of a man who was upset his wife didn't leave him a proper meal.
Phony callers can be fined as much as $10,000 and jailed for six months if caught, the newspaper said.
"Wasting the time of the emergency services could cost lives because the emergency services might not be available to respond to real emergencies if they are attending hoax calls," Chief Superintendent Dave Hayler said.
Man suspected of stealing 42 cents
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla., July 23 (UPI) -- A Florida man is facing criminal charges after he was arrested for allegedly stealing 42 cents from a water fountain in a shopping center, police said.
Laslo Mujzer, 43, of Bonita Springs, Fla., was taken into police custody and charged with petty theft after a shopper at the Coastland Center mall reported him Monday for allegedly taking change from an outdoor fountain, police said.
Mujzer was held until police arrived at took him to the Collier County jail, where he was held on a $500 bond, police records indicate.
Naples police Capt. John Adams told the Naples (Fla.) News the money in the fountain was intended for the Habitat for Humanity of Collier County.
"He shouldn't be taking change out of the mall fountain. It's not found money. It's money that's destined for charity," Adams said.
Postal service says sorry for mail mix-up
FAREHAM, England, July 23 (UPI) -- Britain's Royal Mail service has apologized to an elderly man who says he's furious his mail has been going to someone else's home for nearly two decades.
Raymond Southwell, 76, said he's been calling the mail service for 19 years, trying to ensure his mail is delivered to his home in Fareham, England, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday.
Southwell said postal workers frequently tell him the problem is fixed, but his mail continues to end up at another man's home nearby.
"It's absolutely ridiculous. Why it has happened for so long, I don't know. It's not even that the post isn't correctly addressed because it always is," Southwell told reporters.
Royal Mail employees said they are doing everything they can to correct the mistake.
"We apologize to Mr Southwell for any inconvenience caused and can assure we've taken steps to prevent this happening again in the future," Royal Mail spokeswoman Jane Thomas said.
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