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Weird Crime: Ski Masks Don't Help If You've Already Been Recognized

A roundup of odd, unusual and head-scratching crimes in the St. Louis area.

At These Prices You Could Just Buy New Dishes

A man faces criminal charges for taking large fees from an elderly woman with Alzheimer' Disease for menial household chores, according to police in Maryland Heights. The 88-year-old woman gave the man $325 to $400 for doing the dishes, according to a police report.

The man admitted to police he received an excessive amount for the job he was doing, but said the woman gave the extra amount as a tip. He told police he was aware of the woman’s disability and limitation, according to the police report.

The man was was charged in January with financial exploitation of an elderly or disabled person, a class B felony.

The woman’s family initially noticed her car was missing. While investigating the missing car, family members, and later police, said they discovered the "dishwasher" had taken at least $3,610 from the woman for doing simple chores.

Nothing Good Can Come From Leaving Your Alcohol-Soaked Underwear at a Crime Scene

A man was arrested by Lambert-St. Louis International Airport security agents after he broke into a closed Pasta House restaurant, leaving his cell phone and alcohol-soaked underwear behind.

Airport Police said the man was caught on security cameras as he tore a security gate off its hinges Dec. 30 to get into the closed retaurant. An airport official said since it was late at night the area was deserted.

Airport Police said they discovered the man's  alcohol-soaked underwear, T-shirt and cell phone behind the restaurant’s bar.

Airport Police Chief Paul Mason said the man drank alcohol and spilled quite a bit of it while inside the restaurant. “This is all caught on videotape,” Mason said. “He took off his clothes, dressed again and exited the area.”

He left his underclothes, which were wet with alcohol, and his cell phone behind.

“He was very intoxicated when he arrested,” Mason said.

A Ski Mask Doesn't Help if the Intended Victim Has Already Recognized You

A man accused of robbing a convenience store in University City Dec. 29 apparently forgot that, as a regular customer, the store owner might recognize him. That's why he is said to have brought along a ski mask. But he initially walked into the store without wearing it, putting it only after he allegedly approached the counter, pointed a gun at the store owner and demanded cash.

Police said the store owner handed the robber $300 to $400 and the man left the store but someone witnessed the exit and recognized the man after he had  taken off the ski mask. The man was charged with first-degree robbery.

This is What Can Happen if You Drink a Bottle of Whiskey

A Valley Park man shot at his neighbor Jan. 29 after the neighbor said he did not want the man at his wedding, according to St. Louis County Police.

The man dis-invited wedding guest took the news poorly, argued with the groom-to-be and later pointed a handgun at him, pulling the trigger, police said. But the handgun misfired. “The next one is going in your head," the dis-invited guest reportedly said, pulling the trigger again but missing his intended target, according to police.

The two men were neighbors. The groom-to-be and the angry, jilted wedding guest had been at the groom-to-be's house all day. The neighbor allegedly consumed a bottle of whiskey and was then drinking beer and the two got into an argument. That's when the groom-to-be rescinded the neighbor's invitation to his wedding, which ultimately led to the gun incident.

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