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Stolen truckload needs fast resale

FRESNO, Calif. —Somewhere in California, someone has a truck load of stolen merchandise that probably is starting to stink.

State Fish and Game wardens are investigating on Monday what they believe to be the first large-scale theft from a state fish hatchery after as many as a thousand trophy-sized trout were taken from a facility near Fresno.

Workers at the San Joaquin State Fish Hatchery found the gate pried open and blood covering the floors on Sunday. Department spokesman Patrick Foy says the trout were 3 years old and weighed three pounds each.

The trout were part of a program paid for by fishing license fees to stock lakes for fishing enthusiasts.

Wardens are now scouring California fish markets for signs of them. Trout sells for up to $7 a pound.

Greek police bust ring that ruled doughnuts

THESSALONIKI, Greece — It took an undercover operation, but Greek police have blown a hole in a ring of alleged crooks who had cornered the doughnut market in a beach resort.

It started with complaints that two Bulgarian men and a former Greek wrestling champion were using violence to choke off the trade by other doughnut vendors on Paliouri beach in the Halkidiki peninsula near Thessaloniki.

So an undercover officer posed as a doughnut seller, police said Tuesday, and he was attacked, leading to the arrest of the three aggressive doughnut sellers.

As a result, they have been charged with blackmail and fraud. They also were charged with food safety violations after police found they had stashed their product in an abandoned hotel that was open to the elements and used by bathers as a toilet.

Intruders find caskets just right for sleeping

BRISTOL, Tenn. —Police in Tennessee were called to a funeral home where workers found two intruders sleeping inside caskets.

The employees at Weaver's Funeral Home in Bristol called police around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday after finding two men asleep in caskets. The men fled through a window after police were alerted, the Bristol Herald Courier reports.

One man escaped, but police caught and arrested Barrett Lance Hartsock, who was charged with burglary and vandalism over $1,000.

Police said there was more than $9,000 in damage done to the caskets the two men were sleeping in.

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