The Many Shapes of Larceny

NPR'S John Ydstie takes a moment to note three interesting robberies this week, including a gold bathtub in Japan.

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A potpourri of larceny and attempted larceny to note this week. First up: Japan, where a gold bathtub worth nearly $1 million was stolen from a resort hotel. A worker at the Kominato Hotel in Kamogawa, south of Tokyo, reported the 176 pounds circular tub made of 18-karat gold missing from a guest bathroom. No word yet on the towels and bathrobes.

In Milwaukee, a thief looking for love tried to hit on one of his victims. Two men were robbing cash from a U-Haul store when one of them tried to smooth-talk a female employee. According to witnesses, the conversation went something like this: hey, baby, you're pretty fine. Can I get your number and go out sometime? She turned him down and he fled humiliated, no doubt.

And finally to Fairfax County, Virginia, where a bank robber perhaps not wanting to leave his getaway car, pulled up through the drive-thru teller. He put a note in the vacuum tube demanding cash. The teller simply sent the note back and the would-be felon drove off, perhaps on his way to pick-up something at Burger King.

Coming up, it probably won't work as a getaway car but we build a go-cart. Stay tuned.

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