What Not to Steal and Who Not to Steal it From

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  • What Not to Steal: Gavel.
  • Who Not to Steal it From: Judge who will be sentencing you later for more serious crimes.
  • Who Stole It: A 28-year-old Missouri woman, sometime after her arraignment on drug charges.
  • The Compelling Evidence: She was the last one in the courtroom at the end of the day and so probably took it?
  • Potentially Creepy Extra Details: Gavel previously belonged to judge’s deceased grandmother, who wielded it as “Grand Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star.”

(AP, Jan. 7, 2005; News of the Weird)