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An employee at a warehouse in Mulga, Ala., chased a couple of intruders out, but they didn’t go far: the men got into a pontoon boat ...on a trailer behind their pickup truck, which was parked just down the street. When the employee went to confront them, one started shooting at him with a shotgun. The man retreated and called the sheriff. Deputies arrived and sure enough, the duo was still holed up in the boat. Coy Michael Falls, 55, and Austin Blackwell, 19, who deputies say were intoxicated, were pulled off the boat and arrested on charges of burglary, menacing, and disorderly conduct, and their “pirate vessel” was impounded. “Who commits a burglary while towing a pontoon boat?” wondered Jefferson County Chief Deputy Randy Christian. “Definitely a clown alert here.” (RC/Birmingham News) ...Note to cops everywhere: radio codes like “10-27” are meaningless, but every responder will instantly understand what a “Clown Alert” is.
Original Publication Date: 23 November 2014
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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