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Crime Int'l: Miscarriage Of Injustice, Cruise Loot, Vacuum Robbery

A Spanish pianist faces seven years of prison...for practicing; Italian thieves clean up; An Argentine doctor's zealous anti-abortion move; and more from the week in global crime.

1. Vacuum Cleaner Used To Rob Gas Station In Italy

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2013-11-14 Read Later
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Photo: anttiasplund 

 

SALERNO — Three thousand euros was stolen from a self-service checkout at a gas station near Naples with the help of an unlikely household weapon: a vacuum cleaner. 

 

After the thieves pierced the cash box, the vacuum was used to suck up the money, Corriere del Mezzogiorno reports. 

 

The entire incident was so fast that by the time the police arrived, the criminals had already cleaned their tracks. (Unconfirmed reports cite signs of some dusting too.)


Crunched By: Julie Farrar

2. Spain: Piano Player Faces Jail For Practicing

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2013-11-13 Read Later
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GIRONA - A professional pianist is facing more than seven years in jail for... practicing. 

 

 

El Pais reports that a neighbor in the northeastern city of Girona brought the charges, and prosecutors are now seeking a conviction for crimes against the environment, for noise pollution, as well as the psychological damage caused to the neighbor between 2003 and 2007. 

 

 

 

 

The defendent’s parents, with whom she lived, also face the same sentence as their daughter as accessories to the, er, crime

 

 

 

 

Medical reports state that the neighbor suffered hearing damage, panic attacks and problems during her pregnancy as a result of “environmental auditory stress.”

 

 

 

Prosecutors are also seeking to have the pianist banned from any profession that involves a piano for four years.

 

 

The defendent refutes the charges, stating that she was away studying when the neighbor claims she was practicing. She also said that they had attempted to soundproof the room with the piano. 

 

 

While apartment dwellers the world over can relate to the problem of disruptive neighbors... 

 

 

...this appears to be a case of a rather tone-deaf prosecutor. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The trial is expected to conclude this week. 

 

 

(cover photo:marc falardeau)


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3. Doctor Violates Confidentiality, Has Argentine Woman Arrested Mid-Miscarriage

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Argentina's Supreme Court in Buenos Aires — Photo: Roblespepe 

 

BUENOS AIRES — A 28-year-old woman who arrived at an emergency room in June in the middle of a miscarriage, only to be arrested on suspicion that she caused the termination, is at the center of a debate in Argentina about medical confidentiality. 

 

Assuming that the patient had taken some pills to induce abortion, the obstetrician treating her reported the case to police in clear violation of the doctor-patient confidentiality law. The police held the woman, who still required medical treatment at the time, for 10 hours in poor conditions, La Nación reports. 

 

The patient was eventually released because the Department of Justice was made aware that the complaint made by the doctor was illegal. 

 

“In making this claim, the doctor violated countless patient rights, including the right to life and to privacy. Moreover, she also violated confidentiality,” said the coordinator of the Gender Commission within the Public Defender’s Office, La Voz reports. 

 

A judge threw out the criminal case against the woman Monday based on the violation of her rights. It also became clear that the woman was harrassed and assaulted by the physician, who also made comments condemning her and gave her a lower dose of painkillers so she would “suffer for what she did.”


Crunched By: Julie Farrar

4. Divers Arrested For Looting Costa Concordia

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GIGLIO — Four divers have been arrested in Italy for allegedly looting the sunken cruise ship Costa Concordia. The men — a Brit, an Irishman, and two South Africans — were part of the ship’s salvage team and were caught on CCTV in an off-limits area at 3 a.m. Friday. 

 

“The men, who were relatively new arrivals on the island, have been released pending a possible trial,” said a source. Charges could include theft and illegally entering a crime scene, which is still officially sealed off, the Telegraph reports. They were caught with an empty rucksack with the Costa cruise line’s logo on it. 

 

“Just a few small souveniers,” is how the men justified themselves, according to Corriere della Sera. They feared creating problems with their employer, Salvage Consortium Titan-Micoperi, as they worked to remove the cruise ship from the water. 

 

“Searching will only now resume when the ship is in a dock, drained of water,” said the Telegraph’s police source.


Crunched By: Julie Farrar
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