Airport escalator alligator, sheep stolen from town called Wool and more today in Off the Wall News
Nov 7, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Thieves steal 160 sheep near UK town of Wool. LONDON — Wool's wool is missing. Police in southwest England appealed for help Tuesday in tracking down thieves who made off with 160 sheep from a field near the village of Wool. Police say the sheep were stolen between Saturday and Monday, and that the thieves would have needed a large vehicle to move the woolly haul. Constable Adam Taylor says all of the sheep were electronically tagged. He is urging anyone who has witnessed suspicious activity — or been offered sheep "in unusual circumstances or for very low prices" — to come forward.
Alligator found under escalator at Chicago airport. CHICAGO — A small alligator found under an escalator at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport has left authorities puzzled. A maintenance worker discovered the alligator, which is about a foot long, on Friday in Terminal 3, Chicago Police spokesman Jose Estrada said Sunday. An officer captured the reptile by putting a trash can over it. "We don't know where it came from or how long it'd been residing in the airport facilities," Estrada said. "It's one of those random incidents." The gator is now being cared for by the Chicago Herpetological Society. "It was in pretty bad shape," said Jason Hood, the group's president. "We're trying to get it healthy and find a place for it." He said the gator would likely head to an out-of-state alligator farm once authorities give the organization the all-clear to release the animal. No one was injured.
Man glad stolen motorcycle found after 46 years. OMAHA, Neb. — Donald DeVault wonders what kind of memories his Triumph motorcycle helped make in the 46 years since it was stolen, and he's looking forward to making more of his own when it's returned. The 73-year-old Omaha man learned last week that California authorities had recovered his 1953 Triumph Tiger 100 at the Port of Los Angeles. The bike was about to be shipped to Japan when U.S. Customs & Border Protection agents who checked the vehicle identification number discovered the motorcycle had been reported stolen in February 1967. DeVault said he is eager to get the bike back, but he thinks investigators may be even more excited than him about the motorcycle's recovery. DeVault had had the bike for only a year or two when it was taken from his fenced backyard. "I really want to protect it this time," DeVault said. "I'm sure there's people out there that would want to take it away." The bike was valued at $300 when in 1967. The shipping documents listed its value today at $9,000.
Homeless man found in Pa. hotel presidential suite. PITTSBURGH — A homeless man has gone from the proverbial penthouse to the big house after he was found sleeping in the presidential suite at one of Pittsburgh's swankiest hotels. Jeffrey Lennon Watson, 48, told police he was from Los Angeles and was passing through the city to return to California when he was nabbed by security at the Omni William Penn Hotel on Tuesday night, police spokeswoman Diane Richard said Wednesday. Hotel guests were checking into the suite about 7:30 p.m. when they saw Watson sleeping on a couch and notified hotel staff, police said. Hotel security officers woke him up, took him to their office and called police, Richard said. Hotel general manager Eric DeStefano issued a short statement explaining what occurred. The parlor area of the Presidential suite is "a general-use area for receptions and small events. The door had been programmed to remain unlocked for an event earlier that day. As soon as the occupant was discovered, he was escorted off the property," DeStefano said. Watson told police "he has been in Pittsburgh for over a month and sleeps wherever he can locate somewhere comfortable to rest his head," Richard said.