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Stupid Crimes: Unearthing the undead, doggie do's and don'ts, call of booty

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Unearthing the undead

A 70-year-old woman was sentenced to one and a half years in prison for defrauding insurers by faking deaths and staging sham funerals while she worked at a Los Angeles mortuary.

Jean Crump, 70, prepared bogus death certificates, bought a burial plot and in one instance buried a casket in a phony funeral, authorities said.

When insurers began to investigate, Crump exhumed a bodyless casket, filled it with a mannequin and cow bones to throw off crematorium workers and had it cremated, according to court papers.

The judge sentenced the elderly woman to prison because she showed little remorse.

Doggie do's and don'ts

A 25-year-old woman was arrested after crawling into a stranger's home through the doggy door.

A married couple in Weatherford, Texas, was awakened in the middle of the night by a loud noise. The husband investigated and found the doggy door damaged.

The homeowner doesn't have a dog and figured an animal had entered through the tiny entry.

Instead, the couple found Sara Soto, described as 4 feet 11 inches tall and 110 pounds, in their bathtub. She was naked.

Soto told police she was just trying to use the phone.

Call of booty

A New Mexico treasure hunter was arrested after mistaking a roadside cross for a clue in the hunt for buried loot.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, a game warden found the man digging a foot and a half under the concrete base of a cross at the entrance to a state park. The memorial -- known locally as a descanso -- is typically placed at the site of fatal car crashes to commemorate the victims.

The digger told police he was trying to find artifacts left by Sante Fe collector Forrest Fenn, including an antique lockbox with Spanish gold and jewels worth $2 million.

He was charged with a state law making it a misdemeanor to excavate or destroy artifacts on public land.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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