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A programmer in San Francisco got some justice after posting a viral video that showed her smartphone and laptop being swiped from a neighborhood cafe.

Police arrested Paul Raynal, 32, on Monday, after a tweeting tipster who'd seen the viral video spotted the alleged perpetrator at a nearby Starbucks -- wearing the same outfit seen in the video from three days earlier.

Can social media and stupidity combine to fight crime?

World Trade Center BASE Jumpers Face Burglary Charges

A World Trade Center BASE jump has landed four men in legal trouble. Three skydiving enthusiasts and their alleged accomplice have been arrested on burglary and reckless endangerment charges for a daring parachute jump in September.

Marko Markovich, 27; Andrew Rossig, 33; and James Brady, 32, are professional BASE jumpers -- standing for "building, antenna, span, earth" -- who set their sights on the rebuilt World Trade Center, the tallest building in the United States, The Associated Press reports. Alleged accomplice Kyle Hartwell, 29, stood watch from the ground.

But how is BASE jumping from atop 1 World Trade Center -- informally known as the Freedom Tower -- considered burglary?

Lawmakers in Hawaii are debating an exemption that currently allows undercover cops to have sex with prostitutes... during their official, professional investigations, of course.

The law has received criticism from human trafficking experts, worried that it can unnecessarily "victimize sex workers," reports The Associated Press. Many in law enforcement, however, argue that they need the legal protection to literally catch prostitutes in the act.

So is it time to say "aloha" (as in "goodbye," not hello) to sex with prostitutes?

Bear-Feeding Woman, 81, Arrested for Feeding Birds

An elderly Florida woman has moved on from feeding bears to feeding birds, in violation of probation.

81-year-old Mary Musselman was on probation for feeding bears. Now she's being held without bail for violating her probation by feeding crows, Tampa's WTVT-TV reports.

If you're an animal lover, you might think this is mean. But when you learn why she was arrested, you might feel otherwise.

Unreturned VHS Rental Gets Woman Arrested 9 Years Later

A South Carolina woman has been arrested for never returning a VHS rental. If you're wondering who in the world still watches VHS tapes, rest assured, the rental was from 2005 -- the year of "Hollaback Girl," "Capote," the death of Pope John Paul II, and Hurricane Katrina.

Kayla Michelle Finley, 27, of Pickens County, is facing a misdemeanor charge of "failure to return a rented video cassette," CNN reports.

The real crime: It was a Jennifer Lopez movie.

YouTube's 9th Birthday: 9 Weird Ways It's Led to Legal Fallout

YouTube turns 9 years old today. To commemorate this joyous occasion, it only makes sense to share some of the most ridiculous YouTube videos that have led to legal action.

From the mom who used YouTube for a home circumcision to a man's fake grenade launcher video, YouTube is a legal disaster gift that keeps on giving.

Here are nine wacky ways YouTube videos have led to legal action:

Toddler Calls 911 15 Times in 1 Month; Mom, Boyfriend Charged

A New York woman and her boyfriend are facing criminal charges after the woman's 2-year-old daughter dialed 911 a whopping 15 times in one month.

The 23-year-old mother and her 33-year-old boyfriend reportedly tried to keep their cell phones away from the little girl, but she kept managing to find the phones to dial 911, The Associated Press reports.

The lesson for parents: Your kid's little fingers can cause big legal problems.

Trooper Who Masturbated With Boy in 'Sex Lesson' Won't Be Charged

An Ohio law-enforcement officer who allegedly masturbated with a boy for "educational" purposes won't be charged for his actions.

Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Ricky Vitte Jr. triggered a criminal investigation after he watched porn and masturbated with a pre-teen boy five years ago, according the Sandusky Register. Vitte admitted the incident to his wife, but said he was just trying to teach the boy about sex, according to an investigator's report.

Prosecutors have now decided not to seek a grand jury indictment for Vitte's highly questionable behavior. But why?

Google Glass Wearer Detained by Federal Agents at Movie Theater

Another day, another Google Glass legal run-in. This time, an Ohio man who wore Google Glass into a movie theater was in a dramatic plotline of his own when he was detained and questioned by special agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

This legal snafu sounds way more exciting than the Google Glass-related distracted driving ticket that was recently dismissed.

What the heck happened?

As Colo. Pot Sales Top $5M, Bank Accounts Still a Problem

The bud business is booming in Colorado, the first state to legalize retail recreational marijuana sales to adults age 21 and older. In the first week of sales alone, pot retailers raked in more than $5 million. Combined wholesale and retail pot sales are expected to generate a jaw-dropping $600 million annually.

But here's the kicker: The businesses can't open bank accounts. The issue would make for the most bureaucratically frustrating episode of "Weeds."