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Athletes Are Already Getting Robbed in Rio

Australian Paralympian robbed at gunpoint on Sunday

(Newser) - The Olympics are still six weeks away, yet several athletes have already become victims of crime in Rio. Australian Paralympic sailor Liesl Tesch, 47, says a man with a gun demanded money, then pushed her off her bicycle as she rode in a park on Sunday. A second man stole... More »

Thieves Swipe $5M Bejeweled Eagle —From Guy's Backpack

Owner was apparently walking around telling people he was carrying it

(Newser) - An 18-pound, solid-gold eagle statue adorned with 763 diamonds and a massive emerald recovered from a 17th-century shipwreck has been stolen—but it wasn't exactly a Mission: Impossible-esque heist. Owner Ron Shore says he had his " Maltese Eagle ," valued between $5 million and $9 million, in his... More »

Weeping Robber Returns Stolen Cash to Store: Cops

New Hampshire suspect's guilty conscience apparently got to him

(Newser) - He may have robbed a Stop-N-Go, but it looks like a New Hampshire man decided to stop and turn back instead—and return the money he was said to have stolen, WMUR reports. Carlos Reyes, 46, allegedly entered the Manchester convenience store just after noon on Tuesday, armed with a... More »

7-Year-Old and His Stuffed Animal Fight Off Armed Robber

'Two left hooks while holding the Yoshi doll'

(Newser) - A 7-year-old boy is being lauded for his bravery after he attempted to fight off a gun-wielding robber while armed with only a stuffed animal last week in Maryland, Fox News reports. According to the Washington Post , the boy's parents took him to GameStop to buy a Yoshi doll.... More »

Cops: Teen Robber Shot Himself in the Groin

That's got to be embarrassing

(Newser) - A clumsy armed teen ended a botched robbery sporting one more groin hole than he started with, according to police. The Tacoma News Tribune reports a 16-year-old boy and an accomplice allegedly set up a meeting with a marijuana dealer on Facebook last Friday. When they met the dealer in... More »

Knife-Wielding Chinese Man Proves Crime Doesn't Pay

He probably would have made more money just selling the knife

(Newser) - They say crime doesn't pay, and damned if one bad-luck robber in China didn't just prove them right. Shanghaiist reports a knife-wielding man spent Monday terrorizing various businesses in downtown Shanghai but only succeeded in stealing pocket change before being arrested. The unidentified man started at a life... More »

Man Charged With Felony After Filling McDonald's Water Cup With Soda

Cops say manager was hit by car trying to stop him

(Newser) - An Arkansas man is facing felony charges after allegedly filling his free water cup with not-free soda Monday at a McDonald's in Springdale, KHBS/KHOG reports. Police say 18-year-old Cody Morris and two others drove through the McDonald's drive-thru and ordered three large waters. They then parked, went into... More »

Arby's Bacon Thief Said He Was From the Future: Cops

Would-be Chuck Norris 'kicked crap out of' cars

(Newser) - If we were able to time-travel, our first pit stop in the past might aspire higher than fast food—but even time-travelers have to eat, and we bring you the case of Dante Rashad Anderson. The 36-year-old is being accused of robbery, assault and battery, and destruction of property after... More »

Robber Wannabe Fails With Water Gun: Police

Victim not fooled by toy's bright colors

(Newser) - If you're going to attempt a robbery, you probably won't succeed if your intended victim sees you're using a fake gun, especially if it's all different colors. That's what police say happened to Amanuel Perkins, who's accused of trying to rob a Missouri business... More »

81-Year-Old Woman Rams Fleeing Purse Snatchers With Car

Next time, think twice before trying to rob the elderly

(Newser) - Police say an 81-year-old Pennsylvania woman chased down robbers who stole her purse, rammed their car with hers, and left damage that helped officers apprehend them, the AP reports. The woman was sitting in her car in her Mount Pocono driveway on Tuesday when she was approached by a man... More »

Cops: Boy, 8, Stole Mom's Gun to Rob Store

Florida has decided not to pursue charges

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy in Florida used a loaded gun to try to rob a store where he was barely tall enough to see over the counter, police say. A clerk at King Foods and Meat Bazaar in West Palm Beach tells WPTV that the boy walked in on Wednesday night... More »

Cops: Kidnapper Could Be 'Dumbest Criminal of Year'

He allegedly scheduled a meeting with the victim and actually showed up for it

(Newser) - "If he can survive the remaining 340-some days of the year, he will definitely win the dumbest criminal of the year," Philly.com quotes police chief David Splain. The dumb criminal in question is Pennsylvania 17-year-old Jason Hayes, who is charged with kidnapping and robbing an old woman... More »

FBI Busts Woman, 24, in Jewelry-Robbing Spree

Abigail Lee Kemp suspected in robberies in 5 states

(Newser) - The string of jewelry-store robberies that spanned multiple states and involved the loss of millions of dollars' worth of diamonds and watches is now allegedly over, and a 24-year-old woman has been charged, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution . Abigail Lee Kemp was arrested Friday in Georgia and the FBI says... More »

News Crew Victimized at Anti-Robbery Event

Let it never be said criminals don't have a sense of humor

(Newser) - A Washington DC news crew was covering a press conference on a new anti-robbery task force Wednesday morning while only 100 or so feet away their news car was being robbed (well technically burgled), WJLA reports. The prowler smashed a window and made off with news equipment, all while potentially... More »

'F--k Cops' Tattoo Helps Nail Oklahoma Robbery Suspect

The horns on the suspect's head didn't help, either

(Newser) - It wasn't that difficult for cops to track down two suspects after an Oklahoma man called in a robbery attempt on Friday: one suspect was the victim's ex-girlfriend, while the other sported face tattoos that are hard to miss, the Tulsa World reports. The unnamed victim told cops... More »

Cops: Robbers Post Beating Video to Victim's Facebook

The 'cowards' targeted a man with cerebral palsy

(Newser) - Two 20-year-olds in Michigan allegedly beat up a man with cerebral palsy and stole his cellphone, the AP reports. But police say they didn't stop there, using the victim's own cellphone to record the beating then posting the video to his Facebook. "To have the audacity to... More »

79-Year-Old Shot Dead Hours Before Retirement

Family members were waiting at home to celebrate

(Newser) - A robbery a month ago at the Liquor Market in Boynton Beach, Fla., helped Ali Arezoumandifar's family convince him it was finally time to retire. The 79-year-old liquor store clerk had chased after a man in a black mask who stole $300 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets on Oct.... More »

Police Officer Killed While Sitting in Car After Work

Botched robbery attempt turns fatal

(Newser) - Three young men were arrested Thursday on suspicion of killing a California police officer and former Marine in what investigators described as a botched robbery as the lawman sat in his own car after work. Downey police Officer Ricardo "Ricky" Galvez, 29, was in plainclothes in the driver's... More »

Phone Thief's Mistake: So Many Selfies

They were uploaded to iCloud of stolen phone's owner

(Newser) - People just don't learn , do they? A woman who allegedly stole a high school student's iPhone in California has given police a break in the case thanks to … a selfie—or rather, several of them. Police say an as-yet unidentified woman approached the 15-year-old student in El... More »

Unlucky Man Robbed After Winning Big at Casino

He was suckered by a fake damsel in distress

(Newser) - After a big afternoon at the casino, a Northern California man's luck ran out when he was taken in by a fake damsel in distress. The Union Democrat reports the victim won $9,000 at the Chicken Ranch Casino on Thursday and was driving home when he spotted a... More »

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