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March 1, 1961

Observer, Charlotte, NC

Pete Smith, wearied by a series of burglaries that were "picking him clean," began sleeping in his Rockingham, N.C., grill. About 3:30 A.M. Smith heard tampering at the door and,...
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March 1, 1961

Bulletin, Philadelphia, PA

After beating and kicking 61-year-old Benjamin Bailer in his Philadelphia tavern, three bandits cleaned out the register and sauntered to the door. Bailer crawled to a shelf where...
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March 1, 1961

Daily Star, Toronto, Canada

After a rash of drug store holdups by armed thugs who pistol-whipped several of their victims, Montreal pharmacist Wilfred Gagnon kept his cal. .38 revolver handy. When two men entered,...
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March 1, 1961

Associated Press, IN

After fourteen burglaries in twelve years, Fred Williamson set a burglar alarm in his Indianapolis restaurant and rigged it to ring in his nearby home. When the alarm recently sounded,...
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March 1, 1961

Leader, Lexington, KY

In Arjay, Ky., general store owner Curt Mills was shot in the shoulder by one of two masked bandits who fled when Mills grabbed for his pistol. Before they could make their getaway, ...
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March 1, 1961

Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, MO

An ex-convict entered a St. Louis dry goods store, struck owner Clarence E. Skala on the head with a brick-filled sack, and bound and gagged him. After looting the store, the felon...
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February 1, 1961

Herald Tribune, New York, NY

A Sing Sing parolee with a prison record dating from 1940 invaded the Brooklyn pharmacy of Joseph Longo, herded the proprietor to the rear, then rifled the cash register. As the...
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February 1, 1961

Tribune, Great Falls, MT

In Troy, Mont., when the burglar alarm sounded in his store next door to his home, Les Coffman got his cal. .38 pistol, ran to the shop, and caught an intruder inside. When Coffman...
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February 1, 1961

Star, Kansas City, MO

Van F. Sims, who lives in a Kansas City, Kans., apartment next to a dry cleaning shop, awoke to the crash of glass and saw a burglar entering the store. Sims grabbed his cal. .22...
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February 1, 1961

The Courier, Charlestown, IN

Orval Stoner closed his Charlestown, Ind., gas station and headed for his car with the day's receipts. Hiding behind the station, an ex-convict, armed with a rifle, demanded the...
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February 1, 1961

American, Chicago, IL

Delicatessen owner Stanley Wasik snatched his cal. .38 revolver from under the counter and shot two bandits who entered his Chicago shop brandishing guns. One was captured at the...
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January 1, 1961

World-Herald, Omaha, NE

Harry Shrago stood just outside the door of his Omaha grocery and heard daughter Florence shriek from inside the store when two men leveled guns at her. Shrago, who carries a gun...
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January 1, 1961

Post-Intelligencer, Seattle, WA

Stan Baker went to the rear of his Seattle gun store to get a box for the rifle selected by his two customers. Hearing the click of his handgun display case opening, Baker hurried...
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January 1, 1961

The Tennessean, Nashville, TN

When two holdup men entered a pawnshop outside Ft. Campbell, Ky., proprietor Andrew F. King told the one with the gun, "Son, you can't get away with it. They'll get you sooner or...
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January 1, 1961

Associated Press, MO

Near Jefferson City, Mo., 16-year-old Judy Nolte, alone with three younger Nolte children, grabbed a double-barrel shotgun and, with the aid of pet bulldog Mickey, routed a stranger...
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January 1, 1961

Sunday Tribune, Chicago, IL

Chicago grocer Stanley Wasik eyed the three men who entered his store and found it suspicious that one stayed at the door while his companions approached the counter. When the two...
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December 1, 1960

Vindicator, Youngstown, OH

After two holdups of his Campbell, Ohio, tavern in which he lost $3500, 73-year-old Nick Comsia began wearing his cal. .38 revolver. When a stickup man recently pointed a pistol...
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December 1, 1960

News, Van Nuys, CA

When two bandits entered a Van Nuys, Calif., liquor store and pulled a gun on clerk Lew Barnett, Barnett let them have the $340, then grabbed his pistol from under the counter and...
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December 1, 1960

Mirror, Los Angeles, CA

In Chatsworth, Calif., when two holdup men demanded money, liquor store owner Fred Smead, a paralyzed World War II veteran, pulled a cal. .45 pistol from its strappings on the side...
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December 1, 1960

Associated Press, CT

Wielding a carving knife, a masked burglar entered the Stamford, Conn., bedroom of Mr. and Mrs. H. Grady Chandler, Jr., bound the World War II PT boat commander hand and foot, and...
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December 1, 1960

Herald and Express, Los Angeles, CA

In Los Angeles, hotel manager William A. Boothby came to his night clerk's call when an unkempt man sought to rent a room and became abusive over the price. As Boothby came to the...
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December 1, 1960

News and Courier, Charleston, SC

Junius W. Jones, owner of an Aiken, S.C., hardware store, loaded his 12-ga. shotgun and ran from his home to the nearby shop when the burglar alarm sounded. In an exchange of gunfire...
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December 1, 1960

Evening News, Harrisburg, PA

Twelve more burglaries were solved by the capture of a youthful pair of bandits by Norman H. Carl and his son Norman, Jr. Alert after capturing three burglars some weeks previously,...
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December 1, 1960

Daily News, Chicago, IL

Thirty-three years ago Chicago druggist Arthur Thomas killed a bandit who had robbed him once before. Recently, the 66-year-old pharmacist faced an identical situation and did it...
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December 1, 1960

Daily Times, Chattanooga, TN

In recent years Mrs. Elizabeth Bowman's package store in Chattanooga, Tenn., has been the scene of three holdups. All bandits were thwarted: one was killed, two others wounded. ...
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December 1, 1960

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY

When a felon, recently released from prison after serving eight years for armed robbery, entered B.S. Denzinger's Louisville, Ky., liquor store with his hand on an object in his pocket...
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December 1, 1960

Chronicle, Houston, TX

Houston, Tex., drugstore-operator Claud F. Newsom knows about holdups. His father was stabbed to death during one. His mother was beaten over the head and robbed in another instance....
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November 1, 1960

Journal-American, New York, NY

In October 1958 THE RIFLEMAN reported Charles Di Maggio's wounding of a robber after a taxicab chase in New York City. Again, for his 12th success in the last 15 years, Mr. Di Maggio...
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November 1, 1960

Enquirer, Cincinnati, OH

James Cummins of Cincinnati heard noises in his adjacent cafe and ran from his home with shotgun in hand to investigate. When a burglar ran out, Cummins called on him to halt, then...
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November 1, 1960

News-Press, Stillwater, OK

Tormented by burglaries of his Seiling, Okla., cafe, Floyd Hansen slept in the back room, hoping to catch the thieves. When he awakened to sounds of breaking and entering, Hansen...
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November 1, 1960

Bulletin, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Samuel M. Rosenbaum sat in his Philadelphia office when an armed man burst in and demanded money. When the doctor tried to talk him out of the holdup, the robber pistol-whipped...
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November 1, 1960

Journal, East St. Louis, MO

Three young East St. Louis, Ill., armed men, plotting a robbery, drove to Ulles Akins' grocery "because it looked easy." While one stayed near the getaway car, two donned masks,...
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November 1, 1960

Free Press, Detroit, MI

Delos Badgero, 65, a handy man for a Linden, Mich., auto agency, sleeps in the place with his double-barrel shotgun nearby. In the past, Badgero has thwarted many acts of vandalism...
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November 1, 1960

Free Press, Detroit, MI

NRA instructor Herbert J. Crook, resident caretaker of a Hazel Park, Mich., out-patient clinic, awoke to spy an intruder in the hall. When the burglar jumped at him, Crook fired...
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November 1, 1960

News Bulletin, Brookfield, MO

Alarmed by a series of burglaries in the vicinity, Alfred L. Davis lay in wait for the fifth night in his Laclede, Mo., store when a plate glass crashed and two burglars entered....
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November 1, 1960

Statesman, Austin, TX

Maintaining a vigil in his Austin, Tex., grocery after a series of break-ins, Hale Hornsby surprised a burglar and shot him in the arm with a cal. .45 pistol. The wounded man, a...
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November 1, 1960

American, Odessa, TX

After five years of operating his Monahans, Tex., liquor store, Charlie Key met his first holdup man, shot him twice with a cal. .38 pistol, and held him for police. The shotgun-armed...
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