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Boy Killed Trying to Save Twin During Robbery

Demario Bailey mourned by classmates in Chicago

(Newser) - Twin brothers Demario and Demacio Bailey, 15, were walking to basketball practice on Saturday when they were robbed by four people in a viaduct. The attackers wanted Demario's jacket, his aunt tells the Chicago Sun-Times . Seeing Demacio attacked by one of the robbers, Demario came to his aid, shoving... More »

After 350-Mile Pursuit, a Rest Stop Jewelry Heist

Thieves appear to have trailed a van after it left a jewelry trade show

(Newser) - Four thieves police are describing as "very patient" pounced on a small window of opportunity yesterday morning and walked away with at least a half-million dollars. Officials near Rochester, Minn., say a van that left a diamond and jewelry trade show in Chicago on Sunday drove 350 miles over... More »

Woman Fends Off Attacker ... With Vomit

Would-be robber runs off after she throws up on him

(Newser) - A Georgia woman managed to fend off an attacker Saturday night ... by vomiting on him. The Athens Banner-Herald reports the woman was walking to her car after work around 10:30pm in the Georgia Square Mall parking lot when a man in a ski mask came from behind a vehicle.... More »

Robber Drops ID Card, Gets 12 Years

Police in Arkansas had an easy time figuring this one out

(Newser) - It was the perfect crime, except for the part where Malcolm Thomas tripped on his way out of the gas station he had just robbed while running with the register tray. A witness saw him fall, and when police searched the spot, the Southwest Times Record details what they found:... More »

Wedding Band Stolen From WWII Vet's Finger

93-year-old Florida man says he slept during burglary

(Newser) - A World War II veteran who wore his wedding band for 70 years had it stolen right off his finger last month during a nighttime burglary, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Dan Thomas, 93, says the thief sneaked into his bedroom in Pampano Beach, Fla., and stole various items of low monetary... More »

Ferguson Police Release 'Robbery' Video

But say shooting of Michael Brown was unrelated

(Newser) - Police in Ferguson, Mo., today released a video of Michael Brown allegedly robbing a convenience store on the day an officer shot him dead. But Police Chief Thomas Jackson said that officer Darren Wilson—who was responding to the convenience-store robbery —made "initial contact" with Brown apart from... More »

Guy Sues Pizzeria He Tried to Rob

Nigel Sykes wants $260K after getting beat up by employees

(Newser) - Nigel Sykes' attempted robbery of a Delaware pizzeria failed miserably—but he'd still like to get some cash out of the whole to-do. Armed with a gun, Sykes, 23, busted into the back door of Newport's Seasons Pizza in 2010 but eventually got tackled by employees. In a... More »

Cops: Robbers in Crazy Heist May Have Hit Bank Twice

California police taking a second look at earlier robbery

(Newser) - Police were investigating whether the same men who robbed a bank, took hostages, and led a deadly chase and shootout carried out other recent bank heists in the same part of Northern California, including one earlier this year at the very same branch. There were striking similarities between a late-January... More »

Teen Dies Trying to Get iPhone Back From Mugger

Ruby Rubio had promised her mom she'd take care of new phone

(Newser) - Just a week after 15-year-old Ruby Rubio got an iPhone and promised her mother she'd treat the prized possession with care, a mugger snatched it from the girl while she was walking her 7-year-old sister home from school. The teen from Santa Ana, Calif., gave chase and managed to... 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 »

Guy Robbed Woman, Then Friended Her: Cops

Criminals with distinctive tattoos might consider restraint on social media

(Newser) - Ah, Facebook, that repository for high school friends, college friends, friends of friends, people you wish you'd never met ... and the dude who robbed you the other day? Police in Washington state say that a woman was sitting at a ferry terminal with headphones on when a guy knocked... More »

Store Owner, 89, Fends Off Robber With Golf Club

Robber's sword didn't faze her a bit

(Newser) - Strange enough that a would-be robber of a small-town store in Washington state used a sword as his weapon of choice and a bicycle as his getaway vehicle. But what truly elevates the story is that the store's owner, an 89-year-old widow, just wasn't having it, reports USA ... 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 »

Decoy Bottle of Pills Leads to Robber's Demise

NYPD track him with its GPS, fatally shoot him in confrontation

(Newser) - A man who robbed a Manhattan pharmacy at gunpoint yesterday pulled the wrong bottle from the shelf, and it cost him his life, reports NBC New York . But it wasn't drugs that did him in, it was the GPS tracking device on the decoy bottle he grabbed. Police were... More »

Cops Catch Burglars Who Robbed Snarky Widow

Naomi Richmond was robbed while following her dying husband's ambulance

(Newser) - Imagine the worst day of your life. Now compare it to the night Naomi Richmond had in February, when her husband died and her house was burglarized while she followed his ambulance to the hospital. Richmond's case drew local media attention in part because of the snarky-yet-heartbreaking "thank... More »

Cops: Man Freed After 15 Years Robs Same Store

But once again, it does not end well

(Newser) - Christopher Miller robbed the Stride Rite shoe store in Toms River, NJ, in 1999, got caught, and served 15 years in state prison. Police say he became a free man on Friday and celebrated by catching a bus to Toms River and, yes, robbing the same Stride Rite shoe store,... More »

How Not to Rob a Pizza Delivery Guy

Cops say suspect placed the order from his own home

(Newser) - A tough-to-beat entry in the criminal genius files: Police in Tuscaloosa say a 20-year-old man robbed a pizza delivery driver after phoning in the order from his own address, reports AL.com . The driver says he showed up at the home, knocked, and got immediately surrounded by armed men who... More »

Alleged Cop Killer Shot Dead Outside Bank

He allegedly fired at police in Mississippi

(Newser) - A bank robber sought in two holdups and the murder of a police officer was shot dead yesterday after robbing a bank in Phoenix, according to the FBI. The subject of a nationwide manhunt , he entered a Compass Bank in Phoenix yesterday morning and walked out in a black ski... More »

Call Girl Shoots John Who Ran Out on Bill: Cops

After taking the money out of his wallet

(Newser) - Walking out on a bill isn't just bad manners; as one Florida man discovered recently, it's also dangerous. David Roberts tells police that he was shot by prostitute Dwaynesha White on Monday, after trying to run out without paying her. Roberts said he'd made an appointment at... More »

Guy Wields Sword, Demands Free Tacos

Adam Kramer charged with aggravated robbery, among other things

(Newser) - Adam Kramer apparently loves his tacos. He ordered six of them at a San Antonio restaurant last week, but when told how much money he owed, he refused to pay and insisted he be given the food for free, police say. The waitress wasn't going for it, so the... More »

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