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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 »

Customer Shoots Would-Be Waffle House Robber

Authorities rushed the robber to a nearby hospital

(Newser) - A would-be robber surprised the morning crew at a Waffle House yesterday and got quite the shock in return: a customer who opened fire and shot him dead, the Post and Courier reports. Later identified as Joshua Jermaine Davis, 19, the robber apparently made his move before 5am at the... More »

Robber Weds, Is Sentenced in Same Court Visit

Sounds like it was a real timesaver

(Newser) - A man sentenced to at least 20 years in prison in one Pennsylvania courtroom followed that up by walking into another courtroom to marry his girlfriend. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports 47-year-old Greg Howard was sentenced Thursday in Westmoreland County Court for robbing and assaulting an elderly woman during a home... More »

Millions May Still Be Out There From '70s Murder

FBI agent investigating heiress's murder may have lifted cash: reporter

(Newser) - During the last few months of her life, Marjorie Jackson became wary of keeping her inherited fortune in the bank, so she withdrew $8.6 million and stashed it in garbage bags, drawers, and toolboxes all over her Indianapolis home, the Indianapolis Star reports. And she may have had even... More »

All It Takes to Steal $75K From Walmart Is a Uniform

Bristow, Oklahoma, Walmart was robbed on July 4

(Newser) - A Bristow, Oklahoma, Walmart was robbed of $75,000 on Saturday morning by a man who police think carried no weapon and dished out no threats. How he pulled it off: He posed as a Loomis employee and acted as if he was there on the armored transport company's... More »

Rapper DMX Accused of Robbery: Newark PD

Guy says rapper grabbed a wad of cash out of his hands

(Newser) - DMX may be in trouble yet again : A Newark man told cops he ran into the rapper and his entourage of about 15 people early yesterday at a gas station in the city, talked to DMX briefly about rap music, and was promptly robbed. According to the alleged victim, one... More »

FBI: Bunker of 'America's Most Wanted' Perp Found

Bradley Steven Robinett, 46, apparently set up shop near a lake in Washington state

(Newser) - Using clues that "read almost like a childhood treasure hunt," local police and federal agents have uncovered what they believe was a fugitive's underground bunker near Washington's Lake Sammamish, KOMO reports. Authorities say they think the moldy, garbage-strewn hideout was at some point built and used... More »

Guy Tries to Stop Robbery, Gets Charged With Felony

Jeff Steele reportedly threatened robber with Taser he had no permit for

(Newser) - A man who tried to stop a robbery in a Wisconsin bar has been charged with a felony because he wasn't supposed to be carrying the Taser he allegedly threatened the suspect with. According to WKBT-TV , Jeff Steele was at the King's Korner bar in La Crosse just... More »

Thieves Grab Gold Nuggets From Wells Fargo

Historic gold may end up melted for resale

(Newser) - Talk about brazen: Masked thieves smashed a stolen SUV into the site of Wells Fargo's original bank in San Francisco early this morning and made off with historic gold ore and nuggets, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Wearing hoodies and ski masks, they broke into display cases at the... More »

Golfer: I Was Kidnapped, Beaten, and Robbed

Robert Allenby says bad guys may have drugged him first

(Newser) - An Australian pro golfer was allegedly kidnapped from a wine bar Friday night, beat up, robbed, and dumped six miles away in a park—for reasons that are none too clear, the Golf Channel reports. According to golfer Robert Allenby and his caddie, Mick Middlemo, the two were hanging out... More »

Report: Ex-Prof Robs Bank for Own Film

Joseph Gibbons allegedly recorded robbery on camcorder

(Newser) - An offbeat former professor allegedly robbed a Manhattan bank on New Year's Eve and filmed it as part of an "art" project, the New York Post reports. Joseph Gibbons, 61, was charged yesterday with robbing a Capital One branch in Manhattan of $1,000 while holding a camcorder.... More »

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