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The mystery surrounding a set of human remains found in sand dunes in remote South Australia has deepened – with questions outstanding about who they belonged to and where they came from.  

From an antique dealer who sold fake artifacts for 30 YEARS to a kebab shop worker that drummed up business with a bomb threat, this week’s roundup of crime news features a slew of charlatans. Elsewhere, a set of high schoolers became the definition of taking it too far when a food fight turned violent, and a squatter did the same when he put up a sign warning others not trespass on his newly-claimed property. Here are all of the craziest stories you might have missed on MailOnline’s crime beat.

A local TV station reported multiple students were arrested but Chrystal Wilson, a spokeswoman for the district, said on Tuesday night that she had no information on the arrests. ‘Parents bring other kids up here to fight kids. It’s out of control,’ mom Beverly Johnson told Click On Detroit. The school, in a rapidly-gentrifying suburb of Motor City, was refurbished nine years ago at a cost of $43 million, with a state-of-the-art computer labs, an auditorium, gym and classrooms.

Isiah Williams, head of the New Era Detroit community organizing group, said Tuesday’s violence was ‘unacceptable, and preventable’. He told Fox 2 that they wanted more local people to join their task force to patrol the school area and talk to parents and students. ‘For us, it’s important to tackle these things exactly where they start,’ said Williams. ‘We have to get more ears in these rooms and in these schools to hear about the gang activity and stuff that’s going on, to build relationships with kids – so they understand at the end of the day, you’re a kid. You’ve got a lot of life to live.’

FANTIQUE DEALER: Elsewhere in the US, a New York City antique dealer admitted to selling thousands of fakes for three decades, mass producing phony specimens in offices behind his midtown showroom and hiring a company to hide negative Google reviews. Mehrdad Sadigh appeared in Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday to plead guilty to seven felony counts, including forgery and grand larceny.

Since 1982, Sadigh has operated the Midtown Manhattan store and sold what he claimed were ancient Anatolian, Babylonian, Byzantine, Greco-Roman, Mesopotamian and Sumerian artifacts. He staved off suspicion for decades by burying complaints about bogus antiques, removing negative reviews from Google searches, and getting others to rave about his store and products in fake reviews. His scheme unraveled after he sold undercover federal investigators a gold pendant depicting the death mask of Tutankhamun and a marble portrait head of an ancient Roman woman for $4,000 each, prosecutors said. Investigators also found the tools Sadigh used to age the phony antiques, including varnish, sanders, spray paint and mud-like substances.

‘Over the course of three decades, I have sold thousands of fraudulent antiquities to countless unsuspecting collectors,’ Sadigh said, according to a statement he read in court. ‘I can only say that I was driven by financial greed.’ Sadigh was released after Tuesday’s hearing and is scheduled to be sentenced November 16. In a sentencing memorandum filed with the court, the district attorney’s office requested Sadigh be sentenced to five years’ probation and be banned from selling antiques.

FUNERAL DIGGER: Also in NYC, a Bronx woman could face more than 20 years in prison after she was convicted of robbing grieving spouses while they attended their partner’s funerals. Latonia Stewart, 30, was found guilty of six counts of robbery in a Westchester court. Stewart allegedly combed obituaries on to find details of funerals – and to plot who would be her next victim.

After she found the addresses of mourners who had lost their spouses, Stewart would arrive at their homes, smash in windows or glass doors using a mallet hammer, and steal jewelry and other personal items while the homeowner attended the funeral service. Stewart targeted her first victim in December 2017, then went on to strike five more times, stealing $40,000 in property, according to the New York Daily News.

BUSINESS IS BOOMING? A kebab shop employee made a hoax bomb threat call to a cathedral in an effort to drum up business from the evacuated congregation, a court has heard. Anthony Moroncini, 52, was seen on CCTV footage using a phone box near Truro Cathedral in Cornwall to make the hoax call to get more customers to come to his nearby kebab shop. Moroncini, who gave his own name to the call handler, told the dispatcher he worked as an optical illusionist at the Eden Project and ‘wanted to do a boom’. He later told police what he really wanted to do was increase foot traffic and promote his chances of work, the court heard.

Prosecutor Ali Rafati said Moroncini has committed 93 offenses since 1994, mostly for dishonesty and violence. He said the defendant said there was a bomb in the Cathedral and armed police, dog units and bomb disposal teams scrambled to the scene. Moroncini pleaded guilty to five criminal damage charges, burglary, three thefts, a bomb hoax, two assaults and using threatening, insulting or abusive words or behavior. Judge Simon Carr jailed him for a total of 16 months.

KEANU REEVES WANNABE: In other fake bomb threat news, a man in San Diego was accused of stealing a tow truck and leading police on an extremely slow chase, claiming he could not stop because he had a bomb on board, just like in the 1994 hit film Speed. After pursuing the vehicle for an hour at no faster than 10mph on Monday night, police were forced to deploy spike strips and pepper balls to apprehend the Keanu Reeves wannabe. A search of the tow truck turned up no explosives.

Around 7:45pm on Tuesday, the unnamed suspect stole the tow truck, which had just dropped off a car. The truck hit another vehicle as it left the scene, sparking an hourlong police pursuit at ultra-slow speeds. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the driver communicated with the police over the phone, telling them he could not pull over because of a bomb on board.

Video shot by NBC 7 showed a disheveled and seemingly disoriented man as he emerged from the smoke-filled truck with his hands in the air. He was taken into police custody and then transported to the hospital for a medical evaluation. As of Tuesday morning, the suspect has not been identified, and, as of Wednesday, it is not known if he will face any charges.

In 1971, Bobby was arrested and charged with armed robbery. After he was convicted, he was sentenced to 25 to 30 years in prison. He served seven years before he escaped from a prison transport bus in North Carolina in 1977. The fugitive fled to New York and changed his name, starting his life as ‘Bobby Love.’ He met Cheryl in the early 1980s while they were both working at a Brooklyn medical center, married in 1985 and had four children. Looking back on his criminal past, Bobby explained that there was little opportunity for him growing up as a black child in the Jim Crow South. ‘I was young,’ he said. ‘I just wanted more than what I had, and I started stealing.’

Bobby stayed on the straight and narrow, working multiple jobs, coaching Little League, and serving as a church deacon. He admitted he wasn’t worried about getting caught, explaining: ‘I said to myself, “I’m not ever getting into any more trouble.”‘ Then law enforcement showed up at his door in 2015, and he was extradited to North Carolina to complete his sentence. Bobby was released from prison in 2016, less than a year after he was re-arrested. Not only had he completed his original term, but he was also free from his decades-long secret. Now, the couple is sharing their story in their new book, The Redemption of Bobby Love. The former convict is on parole until 2024, but he is grateful for how his life turned out. ‘I say my prayers when I go to bed. I say my prayers when I get up in the morning,’ he told Roker. ‘I’m the most fortunate person that I know. Really.’

MELBOURNE SQUATTER’S MAYHEM: A family who was stranded overseas due to the pandemic was dismayed to find a squatter had taken over their house, trashed it and stole their belongings. The Lius traveled to China in late 2019 to visit family and have been unable to return to Melbourne since. While in Shanghai, they were horrified to discover a stranger had moved into their empty home and plastered a warning sign on the front door. ‘Common law rights … entitle the occupier to quiet enjoyment of the property to the exclusion of all other persons,’ the sign reads.

The squatter was discovered by a friend who walked past the property and saw lights on. The man also broke a window to allow his cat to walk in and out of the house and changed the locks and remote for the garage to park his car inside. Although half a million dollars’ worth of the Liu family’s possessions have disappeared, not counting the bill for the damage to their home, police told the family they couldn’t kick down the door without an eviction order, forcing the Lius to apply to the Supreme Court to reclaim their home. A source told A Current Affair the squatter was under the impression the house was abandoned and thought he wasn’t doing anything wrong. The squatter was arrested by police but released without charge pending a further investigation while Mr Liu plans to make a claim with his insurer.

The skeleton, which is the size of a ‘child or small adult’, was discovered by a passerby along the beach at Nora Creina, 341km south east of Adelaide, on Wednesday.

Forensic investigators recovered the bones on Thursday and they are continuing to investigate the origins and circumstances surrounding the unidentified remains.

Police on Friday dismissed claims by the Seven Network that the bones belonged to an Indigenous Australian and suggesting they were potentially historic in nature. 

The beach is not an Aboriginal burial site. 

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‘The bones were collected and conveyed to Adelaide for further forensic testing,’ South Australia Police said in a statement.

‘The origin of the deceased and circumstances of the death remain unexplained.’ 

It is understood the bones have been at the site for some time. The investigation continues. 

Australia has many cold case disappearances, but none in South Australia is more famous than that of the three Beaumont children, who have been missing since 1966.

The trio never returned after leaving their parents’ Glenelg home for an afternoon at the beach on Australia Day, 1966. 

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Their disappearance sparked a wide-scale search operation, but nine-year-old Jane, seven-year-old Arnna and four-year-old Grant were never found. 

There is no suggestion at this stage the skeleton belongs to one of the children. 

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. 

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