5 craziest crimes of the week

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    (USA TODAY) -- Three unlikely characters - an elderly drug mule and two Orthodox rabbis made the headlines in a bad way this week:

    1. 89-year-old drug mule pleads guilty: Leo Sharp was your typical 80-something retiree, splitting time between his place in Indiana and a property in Florida where he grew his beloved lilies. And then, of course, there was the occasional cross-country drive with hundreds of pounds of cocaine for a powerful Mexican cartel. The 89-year-old pleaded guilty this week.

    2. Rabbis accused in kidnap, torture plot: It sounds like the premise of a bad movie or a worse joke: A Jewish husband won't agree to a divorce, so a couple of tough rabbis make him an offer he can't refuse. FBI agents arrested two rabbis today and accused them of plotting to kidnap and torture a man in order to force him to agree to a religious divorce. It may not have been their first such job.

    3. Clerk with machete chases off armed robber: In a move police strongly recommend others don't try to emulate, a machete-wielding clerk chased a would-be armed robber out of a Long Island deli-even after the suspect fired a warning shot from his handgun. Surveillance video caught it all.

    4. NFL linebacker faces gun charges: Embattled 49ers star Aldon Smith has been charged with three counts of illegally possessing assault weapons, stemming from a party-turned-shootout at his San Jose-area abode last year. Smith himself ended up getting stabbed in the melee.

    5. Cops: Driver leads chase so he can finish Big Mac: Talk about a Mac Attack: Ohio police say a driver who initially refused to pull over explained that he just wanted to finish his Big Mac. Coincidentally, he also had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit.

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