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Nude Lang Syne

S H I R L E Y, N.Y. Angelina Torres says a police officer went too far when he told her to strip off her clothes and walk four blocks home dressed only in her high heels and underwear. Now she’s suing Suffolk County, N.Y., for $15 million.

Torres, 27, had pulled over to the side of the road in her car to cry after having a fight with her boyfriend in the wee hours of New Year’s morning. She says a cop stopped her to ask what was wrong, gave her two sobriety tests, and claimed she failed the second one. Then, she says, he handcuffed her, drove her near her home and told her to strip and walk the rest of the way.

The officer told her that he usually made “the guys” walk home naked, “to teach them a lesson,” court papers filed Tuesday said.

“He scared me,” Torres told ABCNEWS.

The officer, who is unidentified, has been placed on leave.

Hoe, Hoe, Hoe; Merry Bank Robbery

W O R C E S T E R, Mass.

There was no fake mustache, no note, no threats, no gun. A backhoe was all this bank robber figured he needed.

Worcester police say he knocked a hole in the wall of a Sovereign Bank branch early Tuesday. The robber was apparently trying to break into two automatic teller machines.

Sergeant Donald Cummings says the backhoe was apparently stolen from a nearby construction site. It was recovered near the bank.

Police were still checking how much money the robber may have stolen.

They know something about the suspect already: he can drive a backhoe.

How Did the Grinch Get Stolen?

A L E X A N D R I A, La. A foul one has been afoot in central Louisiana this holiday season.

Two days after Christmas, someone stole the Grinch mannequin set up by Eva and Julian Long under the carport of their Alexandria home.

The couple chose the Grinch for their Christmas display because of the popularity of the movie Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey. The Longs even sent out Christmas cards featuring the furry, green holiday-hater.

Mrs. Long said the mannequin’s disappearance won’t dampen her Christmas cheer.

“I don’t want to become a bah-humbug and stop decorating my home because of this,” she said. “I love doing this every year.”

Crime Blotter is a weekly feature compiled by ABCNEWS.com. The Associated Press and ABCNEWS’ Lauren DeFranco contributed to this report.

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