Florida was weird as only it can be in 2011

caines | 1/4/2012, 7:29 a.m.


Pasco County deputies said a woman walked into a bank with a 3-year-old boy and robbed it. A homeless man held up a Tampa bank, fled on a city bus and handed out stolen cash to passengers. Police say a man robbed a Gainesville credit union then began throwing money from his car as he fled on Interstate 75. And while he didn't rob it, an unhappy Palm Coast bank customer left quite a deposit. He urinated in a drive-through bank tube and drove off.


Animals always account for a fair share of odd news. At the Miami airport, a Brazilian trying to get through security was caught with several baby pythons and tortoise hatchlings in his underwear. A woman found a 7-foot alligator in her bathroom, and a man stored his dead cougar in a freezer. Wildlife officers arrested two men with sacks containing about 260 alligator hatchlings near Lake Apopka. A 10-foot gator attacked an Alachua County sheriff's cruiser, damaging the front bumper as the office waited for a trapper.


A Jupiter condominium association is requiring residents to pay for DNA testing for their dogs so they can track down who doesn't pick up their pooches' poop. Offending poop is mailed to Tennessee where a company seeks a match. A dog ate $1,000 in cash a St. Augustine couple left on a table. Among creatures found in Florida pools were an alligator, a python, a bear and a retired racehorse.


A Fort Pierce woman came to her husband's rescue when a cow attacked him, ramming the animal several times with a pickup truck and then picking up a pistol and shooting it in the face.


In an unusual crime stories, two managers of a Lake City Domino's Pizza were charged with burning down a rival Papa John's as a way to increase business. Two deaf men using sign language were stabbed at a Hallandale Beach bar when another costumer thought they were flashing gang signs. Police in St. Petersburg said two would-be carjackers forced a couple out of their car at gunpoint, but then ran away after they couldn't figure out how to drive a stick shift. A North Naples man who was pulled over for a traffic violation called 911 and reported a shooting nearby to get out of a ticket. He still got a ticket and was also charged with making a false 911 call.


A Lake County jail inmate discovered a glitch in the phone system that reimbursed him twice for calls that didn't connect, so he made a lot of them and hung up. He earned more than $1,250, which he used to post bond. Later that day he was charged with grand theft.


Investigators found a piece of severed finger inside a glove near a house that had been set on fire and used it to track down the arsonist. In other odd fiery news, a man in Fort Lauderdale injured himself when he was smoking a cigarette while using an oxygen machine and the unit exploded. A Fort Walton Beach man set his house on fire while smoking a cigarette and cleaning his foot with rubbing alcohol. A Boynton Beach man splashed rubbing alcohol on his roommate's boxer shorts and set them on fire because he was late with the rent. In similar fashion, but perhaps for a different reason, a Marion County woman was charged with setting her boyfriend's genital area on fire.