Crime Watch: How not to impress a dinner date

A murderous guest tells his hostess of past crimes while four identical Passats undergo an identity crisis.

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A Yokne'am resident invited a friend, an Acre resident in his 50s, to dinner at her house. During the course of the meal, after the two had drunk to the point of inebriation, the Acre resident told the his host about a murder that he had committed in Russia. He then said that he could show her how he had committed the murder, but the woman panicked after he took a knife from the kitchen to illustrate the gory act. The hostess called the police. The murderous guest was arrested on Saturday night, and he was remanded for three days. Vehicle identity crisis: Four Passats, one registration Which of the four Passats all sharing the same registration number is the original and which three are fakes? Police detectives found themselves asking the same question over the weekend, after a joint investigation conducted in partnership with the southern branch of the national traffic police uncovered the four identical vehicles. The investigation began two weeks ago, when a resident of Moshav Sde Uziyahu complained that he saw a Passat just like his - down to the license plate number - in a repair shop in Ashdod. On Friday, an Ashdod resident approached traffic police representatives at Sde Uziyahu and complained that he saw, on the moshav, a Passat identical to his - and yes, with the same license plate number. The Ashdod resident led police to the twin vehicle, and it turned out that the vehicle's owner was none other than the man who had made the initial complaint to the police two months ago. The two owners were taken for questioning by police, and both owners claimed that the other owner's car was the forgery. But the confusion was far from over. In the course of the interrogation, the Ashdod resident revealed to police that he owned another two vehicles that also shared the same registration number. The owner of the "triplets" directed police to the vehicles, all of which were impounded. A case was opened against the man suspected of forging the registration of at least two of the three identical vehicles. The case was turned over to the newly reestablished Etgar unit for further investigation. Police nab alleged abusive gourmet On Saturday, police in Lod arrested a 47-year-old resident under suspicion that he beat his wife, 41, in her face. The victim was treated at nearby Assaf Harofeh Hospital. Police said that the reason for the attack was that the husband complained about his wife's cooking. Police, dissatisfied with the husband's suspected abuse, arrested the aggressive gourmet after conducting an investigation. He was slated to be brought before a magistrate's court Sunday for remand. A thief who broke into a car that was parked near the Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv last month was filmed committing the crime. On Monday, Yiftah District police identified a suspect and called in a 48-year-old Holon resident for questioning. When the suspect arrived at the station, police were surprised to discover that he was wearing the same shirt that the thief was wearing when captured on film during the break-in. The unfashionable suspect was arrested and will be taken Tuesday for a remand extension. A weed of a different nature Police teamed up with agents from the Israel Nature and National Parks Authority on Monday to apprehend a resident of Faradis, suspected of dealing illegally in a certain green leafy plant - hyssop. The 40-year-old suspect allegedly employed 13 female workers from Tamra to illegally harvest hyssop plants in Shefayya, a violation of the Law for the Protection of Nature. He was questioned under warning by police, and the workers each received NIS 650 fines. Mean girls Three 14-year-old girls in Beersheba thought they had found a new school pastime: picking on a fellow classmate. When the harassment led to an assault in which the three pulled down the girl's pants, the school's principal punished the three by suspending them from the end-of-school-year field trip. The punishment only served to increase the girls' ill will toward their unfortunate classmate. They set up a Web site on which they posted their victim's picture, superimposed on a photo of a woman in sexually provocative positions, and accompanied by obscene captions. Still not satisfied by their revenge, the girls also scrawled sexually suggestive graffiti about the girl. The victim's parents complained to Beersheba police who investigated and built a case against the three girls. After they were arrested Monday, they confessed to the charges against them, and said that the actions were in revenge for the fact that they had been barred from the long-awaited field trip. ...And more middle school mayhem In a further instance of questionable activity among middle-schoolers, a 14-year-old Yokneam resident was questioned by police earlier this week after he was caught selling hood ornaments at his school for NIS 10 each. Police found 15 such ornaments in his possession. The young entrepreneur refused to break under police questioning and reveal where he got the ornaments. The case was turned over to juvenile affairs authorities.