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Gunmen Lock Up Chris Brown's Aunt, Rob His Home

She wasn't hurt; suspects grab cash, electronics, personal stuff

(Newser) - Three armed men in masks forced their way into a Los Angeles home owned by Chris Brown, locked the R&B singer's aunt in a closet, and then ransacked the place for valuables, police said. Brown was not at the home during the robbery around 2am this morning, Officer... More »

Lawyer: Fired Popeyes Manager Seeking $5.5M

Marissa Holcomb deserves damages for robbery aftermath, attorney says

(Newser) - Marissa Holcomb did get her job back after Popeyes fired her for not reimbursing the fast-food restaurant for cash taken during a robbery, but that's not all the pregnant employee may get. She's seeking $5.5 million in damages for emotional distress, per a letter attorney Marc Bozeman... More »

Pregnant Popeyes Manager Fired After Robbery

After word from HQ, franchise owner says she can have job back

(Newser) - A Popeyes shift manager roughed up during an armed robbery says she was fired within 48 hours after she refused to pay back the $400 the thief made off with. Marissa Holcomb, who is pregnant with her fourth child, tells KHOU the robber forced other employees to the floor during... More »

FBI Finds Lone Gold Bar Stolen in $5M Heist

Authorities may have traced suspects to South Florida

(Newser) - The FBI has made a break in the case of $4.9 million in gold bars stolen during a highway heist along Interstate 95 last month. Officers say they've uncovered a single bar worth up to $500,000 in South Florida, though they won't specify how or exactly... More »

Why Cops Suspect Highway Gold Heist Was Inside Job

Bandits pounced at unannounced stop

(Newser) - Did three armed robbers in a van just happen to be passing when a truck carrying gold bars pulled over on an isolated stretch of Interstate 95 on Sunday? According to search warrants seen by ABC News , investigators in North Carolina think the $4.8 million highway heist may have... More »

$4M in Gold Stolen in Highway Heist

I-95 bandits forced guards to walk into woods

(Newser) - Highway robbery in North Carolina: Police and the FBI are probing a heist on Interstate 95 Sunday night in which around $4 million in gold was allegedly stolen from a truck. Two armed security guards who were transporting the gold from Miami to Massachusetts say that after they pulled over... More »

Sorry Robber Returns to Crime Scene, Hours Later

Cyle Abbott Jr. says he was trying to turn his life around

(Newser) - Police in Northern California say a man robbed a gas station only to return hours later to give the money back and apologize. Eureka Police Sgt. Steve Watson said yesterday that 23-year-old Cyle Abbott Jr. told officers he needed cash to leave town for a fresh start, but then realized... More »

Chatty Smoker Steals Gun From Open-Carry Guy

Oregon man robbed of his new Walter pistol, police say

(Newser) - A man openly touting his brand-new handgun in Oregon—an open-carry state—had the weapon stolen from him at gunpoint at about 2:30am Saturday, the Oregonian reports via Mediaite . Police say William Coleman, 21, was hanging with his cousin on a street in Gresham when a young man walked... More »

Cops: Detroit Teens Murdered French Artist

Youngest suspect was 13 when Bilal Berreni killed

(Newser) - A French street artist who worked with Tunisian revolutionaries and Libyan refugees ended up dead after coming to work in Detroit, police say. Four suspects, all of them teenagers when Bilal Berreni was murdered in July last year, are accused of shooting the 23-year-old in the face and dumping his... More »

After Historic Bank Heists, $500K Oddly Returned

'Trash Talking Bandits' aren't thought to be behind the return

(Newser) - A weird twist in what are being painted as two of the largest bank heists in Colorado history: Less than a week after two bank robbers dubbed the "Trash Talking Bandits" successfully made off with a $500,000 score from a Wells Fargo branch in Wheat Ridge, that same... More »

Judge Slaps Teen With 1- to 15-Year Sentence

Cooper Van Huizen's parents are trying to get him out of jail

(Newser) - A Utah teenager is facing up to 15 years in prison on robbery charges, and his parents are terrified. Cooper Van Huizen, 16, admits to taking part in a house robbery with friends. He also brought his dad's unloaded guns, one of which was pointed at a victim who... More »

OJ Simpson Files Very Wordy Appeal

20K-word document asks for new robbery trial

(Newser) - OJ Simpson is seeking a new trial, arguing that the notoriety from his 1995 murder acquittal tainted his 2008 trial for a robbery in Las Vegas. His lawyers have filed an appeal with the Nevada Supreme Court, but it runs a mammoth 19,993 words and has more than 30... More »

Armed Men Hold Up Woman... While She's in Labor

She's fine; they got arrested

(Newser) - Police in Maryland arrested two men yesterday, and if convicted, it's a crime that'll get them zero sympathy from any moms out there: Devery Kelley, 24, and Cornell Robinson, 44, are accused of robbing a pregnant woman while she was in labor. Fortunately, the woman is fine; it'... More »

Armed Robber Snatches 300-Year-Old Stradivarius

Stun gun was used on Milwaukee concertmaster

(Newser) - One of the most valuable instruments in the world was stolen Monday by a robber who used a stun gun on the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster in a parking lot before making off his with his priceless Stradivarius violin. "The artistic heritage of Milwaukee was assaulted and robbed... More »

Black Friday Suicide: Man Dies in Store After Standoff

Suspect allegedly robbed a pharmacy before shooting himself

(Newser) - Black Friday shoppers were evacuated yesterday after a man with a gun allegedly stole prescription drugs from a Rite Aid pharmacy, then ran into a wireless store in the same California shopping center, causing an hours-long standoff with police after which the man was found dead, KTLA reports. The suspect... More »

23-Year-Old Georgia Mayor Shot Multiple Times

Shot in leg outside family home, now in stable condition, says one report

(Newser) - The young mayor of Dawson, Georgia, was shot multiple times last night in an apparent home robbery, though reports differ as to his current condition. The shooting occurred sometime before midnight at Chris Wright's family home, where WFXL reports Wright, 23, was shot in the leg. Wright's mother,... More »

Gunmen Swipe $54M From Libya Central Bank Van

'A catastrophe for the whole of Libya'

(Newser) - Ten gunmen stole $54 million from a bank van as it entered the city of Sirte in Libya after departing the airport, the BBC reports. The cash had come from Libya's central bank in Tripoli. The van had a single security vehicle as protection, and guards "were unable... More »

Clerk With Machete Chases Off Armed Robber

NY worker wouldn't back down despite warning shot

(Newser) - In a move police strongly recommend others don't try to emulate, a machete-wielding clerk chased a would-be armed robber out of a Long Island deli—even after the suspect fired a warning shot from his handgun. Surveillance video captured the clerk pulling out the machete after the masked man... More »

Would-Be Robbers Hold Tony Blair's Kid at Gunpoint

But they don't appear to be terribly skilled at actual robbery

(Newser) - Tony Blair's daughter came face to face with a gun barrel during an attempted robbery on Monday night, police say. Kathryn Blair, 25, was walking down a London street with her boyfriend and other friends when two men accosted them, police said. The would-be robbers had a gun, but... More »

Man, Shot Twice, Kills Robber With Blunt Object

Armed robbery doesn't go as planned when unarmed victim fights back

(Newser) - Here's a story that's both feel-good and horrifying in equal measures. A Baltimore man was shot twice when two armed robbers broke into his apartment early yesterday morning. Did he collapse? Beg for help? Make a run for it? Nope. Despite his wounds, Kenneth Cox, 24, picked up... More »

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