Police: Burglar drank juice, left DNA
NEW YORK, June 30 (UPI) -- Police say a New York man arrested for burglary was tracked through DNA left on a carton of orange juice he allegedly drank from and left at the crime scene.
James Moorer, 20, was arrested and charged with burglary this week for allegedly breaking into a Chelsea apartment on Christmas Day 2009 and making off with a desktop computer, video and still cameras, the New York Post reported Wednesday.
Police arrested Moorer, who has a record of prior arrests, after matching his DNA to the national DNA database.
Hanna Cheek, the building superintendent, said the burglar broke in by booting in a basement-window air conditioner. While there he found keys to the first floor home of a couple who were gone for the holidays. Cheek said the intruder "wasn't making any effort to be quiet," and called police when she realized there was a burglary in progress.
The burglar ran off when police arrived, but returned later to steal electronic devices from the tenant, Andy Wall.
"They got some of my stuff, but what was upsetting was the idea of them violating my personal space," Wall said. "It was particularly nerve-wracking because they came back a second time. I don't expect to get anything back."
Cheek says she has changed all the building's locks.
Moorer was being held in lieu of $15,000 bail.
Man stabs sword into neighbor's room
MADISON, Wis., June 30 (UPI) -- Wisconsin police said a man was arrested after he punctured holes through his wall into a neighbor's apartment while filming a video with his Japanese sword.
Madison Police said Bryon Reihms, 21, was arrested Monday after he stabbed the sharp sword through his apartment wall into the bedroom of a neighbor while filming himself using the sword for a video project shortly before 9 a.m. Monday, The (Madison) Capital Times reported Wednesday.
Police said the 27-year-old neighbor was making breakfast at the time of the incident.
"He went to see what the racket was all about," police spokesman Joel DeSpain said. "He been awakened in the past by loud rock music, but this time it wasn't speakers thumping but the polished tip of a sword or dagger piercing the drywall."
Reihms told police he had gotten carried away while filming his video project.
Reihms was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment and taken to the Dane County Jail.
Rare Spanish coins found in shipwreck
JUPITER, Fla., June 30 (UPI) -- A team of Florida "treasure finders" said they found more than 50 Spanish colonial coins in the wreckage of a 17th century ship.
The Jupiter-based crew of the Seahunter said they found the coins in the wreckage of a 350-year-old ship that sank off the Jupiter Inlet, WPTV, West Palm Beach, Fla., reported Wednesday.
Scott Thomson, captain of the Seahunter, said the ship is the "San Miguel De Arcangel that wrecked in the winter of 1659/1660 and had about 100 people on board."
Thomson said his crew, whom he described as "treasure finders," has found more than 50 gold and silver coins in the wreckage during the past week.
"We found gold for the first time in the last 10 or 15 years, and we also found a 1659 Lima-2 Star that was double struck so it has two sets of the words and two sets of the pillars and it's quite a rare coin," Thomson said.
However, he said the worth of the coins does not matter to the crew.
"It's got nothing to do with money, it's about finding treasure. The treasure's not fun after you get it, it's the finding it, it's the going out there with your buddies and diving and the adventure. The sense of adventure, that's what it's all about." Thomson said.
Police get payment for 35-year-old ticket
ORLANDO, Fla., June 30 (UPI) -- Florida police said a Michigan man mailed a payment for a 35 1/2-year-old parking ticket, even though the ticket was not originally his.
Orlando police said Stanley Baker mailed them a payment for the $1 ticket from Nov. 7, 1975, along with a letter saying he was "sorry for the delay," the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Wednesday.
However, Baker's son, Fritz Baker, said the ticket did not originally belong to his father. He said the elder Baker sent in the payment as a joke after they found the ticket in a book purchased from an Orlando garage sale in 1995.
"He is ... funny like that," Fritz Baker said.
Sgt. Vince Ogburn, a police spokesman, said officers were amused to receive the payment.
"We all thought it was hilarious," Ogburn said.