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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 »

Fugitive Headed Back to UK After Poolside Arrest

Andrew Moran dramatically escaped during his 2009 trial

(Newser) - The last fugitive on a UK Crimestoppers hit list has agreed to be extradited back to Britain, after an arrest almost as dramatic as his original escape. Police captured convicted machete-wielding robber Andrew Moran while he was relaxing poolside with his girlfriend at a luxury villa in Spain, the Telegraph... More »

Old Man Robs Bank So He Can Go Back to Prison: FBI

Walter Unbehaun told investigators he felt more comfortable on the inside

(Newser) - After spending most of his adult life behind bars, 73-year-old Walter Unbehaun was released in 2011—but recently decided to rob another bank in hopes of going back. He felt more comfortable in prison, court documents allege, and wanted to spend his final years there. So the balding, gray-haired man... More »

Paris Apple Store Hit With $1.6M NYE Robbery

Police still on the hunt for 4 armed thieves

(Newser) - Four armed robbers stormed the Paris Apple store last night and made off with more than $1.6 million worth of products, the Daily Mail reports. The gunmen raided the store around 9pm, three hours after it closed, as police were busy preparing for the large crowds expected in the... More »

Gunmen Steal $11.5M in Gold From Fishing Boat

Curacao police say robbers posed as customs officials

(Newser) - Here's a fishy one: Police on the Caribbean island of Curacao say they are investigating after armed men robbed a fishing boat of $11.5 million in gold bars on Friday, the AP reports. The alleged robbers wore police jackets and told the boat's crew they were customs... More »

Store Robber Tells Court: My Mommy Made Me Do It

And court agrees, giving her 7 years

(Newser) - A young London-area man confessed to organizing a robbery at the computer store where he worked—but swore his mother made him do it, the Daily Mail reports. A court handed Anthony Bradley, 22, a 3-year sentence for hiring a pair of thugs to rob a PC World store of... More »

Clerk Foils Robbery With Beer

Thief decides his knife is no match for hurled cans of Natty Light

(Newser) - Here's another reason to love beer: Apparently, it makes a great projectile weapon. Steven Larson found that out earlier this week when he allegedly tried to rob a convenience store in Florida. Security footage shows a man threatening a cashier with a knife, the New York Daily News reports.... More »

Cops: Woman Holds Up Man During Sex in Moving Car

Amanda Jean Linscott distracted driver in crash

(Newser) - A female robber pulled a gun on a man while they were having sex in a moving car driven by the victim, police say. The action, not surprisingly, triggered a crash. The slightly battered 26-year-old Florida woman, Amanda Jean Linscott, fled the scene after the car hit a palm tree... More »

Armed Robbers Make Sure Victim Has Bus Fare

They give back $2 after sticking gun in his face

(Newser) - From the crime blotter: The Dayton Daily News reports that an armed robber pressed a gun against a man's forehead at a bus stop and took his cell phone and money. But before he and his accomplice fled, they asked their victim if he had enough money for bus... More »

Masked Man Robs Theaters Showing Dark Knight

No one hurt in Mexican robberies

(Newser) - Is Batman inspiring supervillains? A man in a ski mask has now robbed two theaters showing The Dark Knight Rises in the Mexican border state of Chihuahua, prosecutors revealed yesterday. The man was dressed in black and wielding a gun, the AP reports. But there was no dramatic hold-up in... More »

Casino 'Mugger' Was Really Sleepwalking: Lawyer

Says alleged mugger has history of sleepwalking

(Newser) - A man accused of an attempted mugging at a Connecticut casino can't be blamed for his actions, his lawyer says: He was sleepwalking. Winston Riley is accused of trying to rob a woman at knifepoint in a casino elevator. After she pushed him away, he ran for it, but... More »

Armed Robbers Loot Greek Olympic Museum

Priceless artifacts from ancient Games stolen

(Newser) - As if Greece didn't have enough problems: A pair of armed robbers have stolen dozens of artifacts from a museum located at the birthplace of the Olympic Games, the BBC reports. The stolen items, mostly bronze and clay statuettes, were of "incalculable" value, officials say. Police say the... More »

Man Shot Stopping LA Robbery

Robber kept firing after being stabbed in neck

(Newser) - A restaurant worker who tried to foil an armed robbery at a Los Angeles meat market is clinging to life after being shot in the head. After a cashier at the market fled to the restaurant next door, two workers confronted the robber. One dodged a bullet and stabbed the... More »

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