Police in Georgia Are on the Lookout for a Hotel 'Breakfast Bandit'


The sanctity of the complimentary breakfast buffet, a privilege only afforded to hotel guests, is being threatened by a thief on the loose in Dalton, Georgia. The so-called "breakfast bandit" has been spotted helping himself to the spreads at multiple local hotels, Thrillist reports—and police fear he's still hungry.

According to a statement from the Dalton Police Department, their primary suspect is "a Caucasian male with a thick dark beard and wearing a ball cap." After waltzing into a Holiday Inn Express without checking in the morning of August 25, the man began his freeloading spree with a stop at the breakfast bar. It's unclear whether he indulged in waffles, breakfast sausages, instant scrambled eggs, or some combination of the above, but a police spokesperson told Thrillist that whatever he ate, "he definitely ate a lot of it."

The culprit was in no rush to flee the scene of the crime following his meal. Instead, he explored the rest of the hotel illegally, and when a staff member confronted him about meandering through the halls, he reportedly said, "I am just checking to see how easy it is to get into hotels and get free stuff."

He struck again the next day at the Quality Inn next door. This time, he snuck into a hotel room while it was being cleaned and stuck around for over an hour. He returned the following day looking to pick up an item he had left in the room, but when the hotel staff told him they were contacting the police, he quickly vacated the site. In addition to leaving the hotels with a full stomach, he also made off with towels and silverware from the buffets. Police suspect that he was also involved in other recent budget hotel thefts in the area.

The police have posted a surveillance image of the suspect captured at one of the hotels and are asking citizens to get in touch with any information they have. In the meantime, anyone passing through the Dalton area should keep an extra close eye on their hotel pancakes.

[h/t Thrillist]

Drunken Thieves Tried Stealing Stones From Notre-Dame

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With Paris, France, joining a long list of locales shutting down due to coronavirus, two thieves decided the time was right to attempt a clumsy heist—stealing stones from the Notre-Dame cathedral.

The crime occurred last Tuesday, March 17, and appeared from the start to be ill-conceived. The two intruders entered the cathedral and were immediately spotted by guards, who phoned police. When authorities found them, the trespassers were apparently drunk and attempting to hide under a tarpaulin with a collection of stones they had taken from the premises. Both men were arrested.

It’s believed the offenders intended to sell the material for a profit. Stones from the property sometimes come up for sale on the black market, though most are fake.

The crime comes as Paris is not only dealing with the coronavirus pandemic but a massive effort to restore Notre-Dame after the cathedral was ravaged by a fire in 2019. That work has come to a halt in the wake of the health crisis, though would-be looters should take note that guards still patrol the property.

[h/t The Art Newspaper]

Crepe and Punishment: Police in Surrey, England Are Using Pancakes to Share Wanted Posters

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It can be hard to get people to care about local crime, so the police department of Surrey, England, recently took advantage of something everyone has an opinion on: breakfast. As Sky News reports, the Surrey Police have updated their social media with wanted posters of suspects superimposed onto pancakes.

The functional flapjacks were shared on Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, February 25. They're in the style of the pancake art that's popular on social media, but instead of cute cartoon characters, they depict faces of people wanted by the authorities.

"We’ve asked Crepe Artiste Philippe de Pan to help us locate some of our most wanted through the medium of pancake art," the Surrey police tweeted on Pancake Day. In a later tweet, they confess that Philippe de Pan isn't a real person and the appetizing wanted posters were rendered digitally.

With one picture, the department tweeted, "If you can help us crepe up on him, give us a call." They also shared real photos of the suspects for clarity, saying: "If you are struggling a bit with the 'crepe' artwork, maybe this 'batter' image will help!"

The stunt was pulled as a joke, but it could be an effective way to get people's attention. Most Twitter users scroll through their feeds quickly, but if they see a fluffy stack of pancakes, they maple the break, fast.

[h/t Sky News]