Passenger takes bite out of bus seat
PAIGNTON, England, July 31 (UPI) -- British police said they were trying to identify a bus passenger recorded by a CCTV camera biting a chunk out of a leather seat.
Police said footage from the No. 12 bus in Paignton recorded the man biting a chunk out of the seat around 8:20 p.m. May 25, causing about $314 worth of damage, The Mirror reported Monday.
"While traveling between Paignton and Torquay on a No. 12 bus, a male passenger started chewing the leather seat he ... sat on and continued to pick at the hole with his hand to make further damage. Around 200 pounds ($314) of damage was caused," a Devon and Cornwall police spokesman said.
The suspect was described as in his late 20s with a stocky build and about 5-foot-9.
Fake $100 bills had Lincoln watermark
PRESCOTT, Ariz., July 31 (UPI) -- Police in Arizona said they were trying to identify a suspect who allegedly tried to pass two counterfeit $100 bills bearing a watermark of Abraham Lincoln.
Prescott police said the man first attempted to use a phony $100 bill about 8 p.m. July 18 at a Goodwill store. A worker noticed the security strip was incorrect and the watermark bore the image of Lincoln instead of Benjamin Franklin, The Daily Courier, Prescott, reported Monday.
Police said the man left the store before officers arrived and attempted to use a similar bill less than a half hour later at a Safeway store, where a manager noticed the flaws in the forgery.
The suspect again left before police arrived. The Safeway manager said the man left in a black, four-door passenger car.
Police rescue hamster from cat
LONDON, July 31 (UPI) -- Police in London said they rescued a hamster from a cat after it fell 12 feet from a window and bounced off the hood of a car.
London police said Constables Helen Hansen and Dave Kadwell spotted the hamster being chased by a cat in the Beddington neighborhood and waved their arms to ward off the feline, The Mirror reported Monday.
The constables chased the rodent until Hansen was able to trap it under a helmet.
Police said the officers knocked on the door of a nearby home after noticing a "beware of hamster" sign in a window.
"Until they knocked on the door, we didn't know he was missing," said Debbie Rook, mother of hamster owners Milly, 8, and Bradley, 11. "I can't believe a hamster survived a drop like that. We're grateful to the police for coming to the rescue."
The family said Rolo the hamster must have jumped from a window to begin his adventure.
Dump truck rolls into house
TAMPA, Fla., July 31 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said a dump truck rolled into a home while the driver was inside a neighboring restaurant.
Tampa police said Daniel Echols, 53, parked the 1998 Volvo dump truck at the La Teresita Plus Club restaurant around 8:50 p.m. Sunday and went inside to eat, the Tampa Bay (Fla.) Times reported Monday.
Investigators said the truck rolled into a neighboring home a short time later, knocking over a TV. No injuries were reported from the crash.
Police said they were investigating whether the vehicle was not shifted fully into "park."