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Crooks Ruin Their Robbery in Most Ridiculous Way

Seems one of three Houston robbers made an unexpected call

(Newser) - Note to burglars: Try to avoid butt-dialing 911 during your getaway. But that's apparently what three crooks did Sunday after hitting a Best Buy near Houston, ABC News reports. Officers were en route to the Sugar Land store when dispatch received a 911 call that transmitted only background noise.... More »

Cardi B Explains Video About Her Drugging, Robbing Men

Rapper had initially tried to brush off controversy

(Newser) - Cardi B is trying to clarify herself after a video resurfaced online where the rapper said she drugged and robbed men for money, the AP reports. The Grammy winner posted a statement Tuesday on Instagram and Twitter that says she had "very limited options" and needed to do anything... More »

She Handed Over the Cash. Then Robbery Suspect Saw Her Balance

Man accused of robbing woman at ATM in China apparently had change of heart

(Newser) - It's not clear if this story should be filed under "weird crimes" or "uplifting news." The surveillance cameras tell the tale of the person now being dubbed "the world's kindest crook," with the footage coming out of Heyuan in China's Guangdong province.... More »

Bellagio Heist Goes South, Suspect Is Shot

Vegas police officer also injured but has already been treated and released from hospital

(Newser) - "I'm in the poker room and we've been locked in for an hour, not even bathroom, no joke!" That was just one of the tweets that allegedly emerged from inside the Bellagio casino and hotel during an attempted heist in Las Vegas Friday night. Las Vegas... More »

They Went Out to Report on a Story. Then a Car Pulled Up

San Francisco news crew robbed, security guard shot

(Newser) - A scary scene unfolded for a KPIX 5 news crew on Sunday, ending in a robbery and the shooting of their security guard. Per CBS News and CBS San Francisco , reporter Joe Vazquez and cameraman John Anglin were in Oakland to cover the teachers strike there, and as they geared... More »

Judge Has No Sympathy for Inmate Tricked by Cop Online

Gang member was done in by evidence he shared with a 'friend'

(Newser) - A California appeals court refused to grant freedom to a convicted gang robber Thursday, deciding it was his mistake to allow an undercover cop access to his social media account. Chaz Pride—part of a group who robbed a man of an iPad, gold watches, a gold chain, and $2,... More »

Guy Tries to Rob Female MMA Fighter. It Does Not Go Well

MMA fighter Polyana Viana wasn't about to give up her cellphone

(Newser) - What's worse than running into a karate dojo while trying to abduct someone? Trying to rob an MMA fighter is right up there. "#badf---ingidea" is how UFC President Dana White framed it, posting on Instagram a picture of 26-year-old Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter Polyana Viana next to... More »

Police Chase Ends in River, With Toddler Among the Dead

Her pregnant mom also died in Milwaukee chase

(Newser) - A toddler, her young mother, and a man died when their vehicle drove into a frigid river while being chased by police in Milwaukee. Surveillance video shows the vehicle speeding and the driver losing control before the SUV crashed into the Kinnickinnic River on Monday night, the AP reports. It'... More »

Intruder Meets Match in Boy Meets World Actor

William Daniels, 91, who played Mr. Feeny on hit sitcom, scared off would-be burglar at Calif. home

(Newser) - An elderly alum of Boy Meets World foiled an intruder Saturday night, illuminating the suspect both literally and (hopefully) metaphorically. Entertainment Weekly reports that William Daniels, 91, who played Mr. Feeny on the hit sitcom, was at the San Fernando Valley, Calif., home he shares with his wife, 89-year-old actress... More »

Store Owner Tells Robbers to Come Back Later. They Did

Belgian buffoons came back twice; the second time, the cops were there

(Newser) - They're either the world's most accommodating criminals, the greediest, the most optimistic, or the dumbest—or maybe all of the above. The BBC reports on 15 tense minutes Saturday for a Belgian e-cigarette shop owner, identified simply as Didier, when a half-dozen wannabe armed robbers showed up midafternoon... More »

Police Believe Couple Were Killed Over Their Cars

Police believe Brandy and Joseph Allen went to investigate a noise, came upon robbers

(Newser) - Brandy and Joseph Allen's two teen children weren't home with them Saturday night: The couple had gone fishing to celebrate a wedding anniversary, and the 14- and 18-year-olds stayed elsewhere. It may have saved their lives. The Missouri couple was found shot dead Sunday, in what police believe... More »

Burglar Takes GPS Monitor Along for 10 Crimes

Cops allege the ankle bracelet to Taiheem McKay's arrest

(Newser) - Cops say an accused New York serial burglar was caught thanks to the GPS ankle monitor he took along with him to the scenes of the crimes. Per News 12 , cops on Long Island have arrested Taiheem McKay for allegedly robbing 10 homes in the town of Riverhead over the... More »

Cops: Bank Teller's Signal Led to Violent Robbery Attempt

Houston police say woman alerted accomplices who tried to steal $75K withdrawal

(Newser) - A woman withdrew $75,000 in cash from a Houston bank minutes before she was brutally attacked at her family's gas station, where she runs a check-cashing business. It was no coincidence, according to police, who say a 25-year-old Wallis State Bank employee was involved. Police allege Shelby Taylor... More »

Cops: Carjacker Foiled Twice by Drivers With Guns

That was after the first vehicle he tried to steal failed to start, say police

(Newser) - Florida's Christopher Raymond Hill had a really rough Friday. First, the 36-year-old tried to flee a Jacksonville Walmart with a stolen cash register only to find the SUV he'd jumped into wouldn't start, police say. Seeing another option, he allegedly used a knife in an attempted carjacking,... More »

Police: Woman Starts Scam by Accusing Men of Abuse

Sunmee Kim, 44, apparently had a good scam going

(Newser) - California police arrested a woman Thursday who allegedly accused men of domestic violence in order to rob their homes when they were arrested, the Mountain View Voice reports. Police say Sunmee Kim, 44, filed charges against a man she called her fiance, claiming he had attacked her at their home... More »

Cops: Little Caesar's Employee Shot Attacker in Clown Mask

'This is very unusual for this area'

(Newser) - Donning a clown mask and attacking an armed Little Caesars employee with a piece of wood and a pair of scissors was the last bad life choice a Florida man ever made. Cops say the man was shot dead after he ambushed the worker around midnight Saturday, ABC News reports.... More »

'Spy vs. Spy': How the FBI Outwitted Armored-Car Robber

Authorities figure out Redrick Batiste's strategy on stolen cars, use it against him

(Newser) - Texas Monthly is out with a fascinating account of how the FBI stopped the mastermind of a series of violent armored-car robberies in Houston beginning in 2015. In some of those heists, guards were essentially executed without a chance to surrender. The big break came when an informant, apparently... More »

He Stole ATMs. Got Married. Then They Stole ATMs: Cops

Matthew Dale Bush, 38, and wife Crystal accused of crime spree

(Newser) - Bonnie and Clyde, eat your heart out. Matthew Dale Bush, 38, was perpetrating a crash-and-drag ATM heist spree across Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware last year when he married Crystal French, 34, and the two committed more robberies together until a bank robbery did them in, federal authorities said Thursday. Bush... More »

All Jewels Recovered After Botched Paris Heist

At least 2 suspects are still at large

(Newser) - Paris authorities have recovered all the jewels stolen from the Ritz Hotel in a dramatic heist , but they are still searching for two thieves who got away, officials say. Three perpetrators "entered by the service entrance, smashed the jewelry stands, grabbed jewels that were clearly expensive with the help... More »

Homeless Man Robbed Victims He Was Praised for Helping

Man pleads guilty to robbery in wake of Manchester Arena bombing

(Newser) - "Instead of running away, my gut instinct was to run back and try and help," Chris Parker told reporters following the deadly bombing of an Ariana Grande concert last year in Manchester. The 33-year-old homeless man said he rescued a young girl whose mother was killed and had... More »

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