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    Safe Sex the Unsafe Way

    AKRON, Ohio — You could call him the rubber bandit.

    Garfield Hooks, 38, stole $183 worth of condoms from a Walgreens drug store on Oct. 19, police said.

    Hooks allegedly stuffed eight cartons of LifeStyles prophylactics and one box of Trojans into his jacket and ran out of the store. A store manager called for help and a police patrolman in the area quickly gave chase.
    Hooks was nabbed a few blocks away, near a school.
    He was charged with one count of theft, and police said he also had an outstanding warrant for burglary.


    Armed Robbery Cuts Both Ways

    CASCO, Maine — That's not a knife; this is a knife!

    Crocodile Dundee would have been proud of a store clerk who responded to a blade-wielding robber by drawing a knife of his own.

    Ronald Smith, 27, allegedly walked into the shop on Oct. 22, wearing a rudimentary disguise.

    "[The clerk] turned around and there was a male with a plastic bag over his head with eyeholes cut out," said police Detective Lt. James Langella.

    The robber, who also had a bag over one hand, demanded money.

    According to Langella, the clerk responded, "Are you kidding?"

    The robber removed the bag from his hand and brandished a large knife, and demanded cash from the register again.

    The store employee was unfazed, however, and grabbed a large steel carving knife he'd been using to cut sandwiches.

    "He shouted, 'F*** you!' at the robber and gave chase," Langella said.

    Smith ran out and jumped in a nearby white Ford Escort and drove off, according to authorities. The clerk wrote down the license plate number and police arrested Smith on a highway in the nearby town of Gray.

    Smith was charged with armed robbery. Bail was set at $25,000.

    Langella said the store clerk — whose name was not released — did not appear scared by the incident.

    "He's from New Jersey — it just startled him," he said.



    Banking on a Bad Idea

    CHATHAM, Mass. — He didn't check the check.

    A retired octogenarian couple tricked a home-invasion robber into accepting a bad check when the man demanded money, police say.

    Theodore Golden, 86, and his wife Marion, 82, reported an apparent break-in on Oct. 19, while they were out to dinner. Police say Vadim Sergeyevich Kharichkov, 21, had broken into the home and opened a small basement window. Authorities secured the property, but a day later, they allege that Kharichkov re-entered the Golden home through the basement and used a knife to take the couple hostage.

    The suspect duct-taped them to lawn chairs in the basement and demanded $10,000 in cash from them, said Detective Lt. Michael R. Walker.

    Theodore Golden convinced the robber to accept a personal check, which he made out to "$10,000," police say, and Kharichkov left with the check, a small amount of cash, and the couple's credit cards.

    "The gentleman was very smart — it's kind of ingenious," Walker said.

    The Goldens freed themselves by chewing through the tape and called 911. Police issued an alert to banks to look for someone attempting to cash the check.

    On Monday, Kharichkov walked into the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank in Orleans, police came and quickly apprehended him while the teller pretended to get his cash.

    "He was outside smoking a cigarette and Orleans police went there and arrested him," said Walker.

    Kharichkov, a recent immigrant from Russia, may not have known how to tell a good check from a bad one.

    "He didn't know how the banking system works in the U.S.," said Walker.

    He was charged with trying to pass a bad check, breaking and entering, felony larceny from a person over 65, credit card larceny, armed and masked robbery, assault to rob, destruction of property, and home invasion.


    Crime Blotter, a weekly feature of ABCNEWS.com, is compiled by Oliver Libaw.