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November 1, 1959

Daily News, New York, NY

Two youths who confessed to six jewelry store burglaries were captured at gunpoint by bartender James O'Brien when they switched targets by breaking into a Coram, N.Y. saloon. O'Brien ...
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November 1, 1959

The Columbus Citizen, Columbus, OH

Virgil Ruskin got out of bed and returned to his Columbus, Ohio, restaurant on a hunch that the place might be burglarized. The restaurant had been broken into three times in recent...
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November 1, 1959

Daily Sun, San Bernardino, CA

When burglars stole many valuable tools from Clyde Inman's garage in San Bernardino, Calif., the proprietor began sleeping in the place. Inman was recently awakened by two tire thieves...
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November 1, 1959

Tribune, Oakland, CA

After his father-in-law was killed by a bandit in his Oakland, Calif., liquor store, Forrest Norman Anderson became the proprietor and bought a cal. .38 pistol for protection. When...
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November 1, 1959

Daily Journal, New Ulm, MN

After the fourth robbery of their Judson, Minn., implement company, Harvey Rengsdorf and Edwin Fischer went on the alert. From his nearby home Rengsdorf noted prowlers, got his shotgun,...
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November 1, 1959

UPI, AL

Two gunmen kidnapped an Eclectic, Ala., town policeman and used the officer to gain admittance to the home of Carl Ray Barker in the early morning hours. Barker, an Eclectic banker,...
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November 1, 1959

Times, Shreveport, LA

When two armed paroled felons invaded a Shreveport, La., grocery and herded four employees and a customer into the cold storage box, proprietor Charles Whorton protested. One thug,...
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October 1, 1959

The Oregonian, OR

An ex-convict with a fresh bullet wound from a previous robbery attempt was killed by the owner of a Portland, Oreg., drive-in as he chopped his way into the restaurant with a hatchet....
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October 1, 1959

Times-Leader, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Leonard Conwell and son Robert had just closed their Bear Creek, Pa., restaurant when a car pulled up. Victimized by vandalism and six burglaries in recent months, the Conwells quietly ...
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October 1, 1959

The News, Miami, FL

Dominick Litz, watchman for a Miami, Fla., sausage company, investigated with drawn pistol when he heard a noise in the plant. Litz surprised a burglar descending a stairway and...
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October 1, 1959

The Star, Minneapolis, MN

John Paul, who lives in a basement apartment below his St. Paul, Minn., furniture store, heard intruders' footsteps and got his cal. .38 revolver. In the dim glow of a street light,...
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October 1, 1959

States-Item, New Orleans, LA

Four months ago Paul R. Guenin shot a burglar in his New Orleans grocery. Again plagued by a series of break-ins, Guenin began sleeping in the back room of the place. When he awakened...
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September 1, 1959

Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, MO

Two stickup men told St. Louis liquor store owner Ralph Carretta to unlock the gate to the counter so they could get to the cash register. Carretta raised the counter top and, as...
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September 1, 1959

The Tribune, Tampa, FL

A gas station bandit fired 5 shots at a pursuing motorcycle officer in a wild chase through Tampa streets, ran his getaway car in a ditch, and fled afoot. J.R. Vause, working on...
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September 1, 1959

The Union, Sacramento, CA

Walter Crowder looked from the window of his Roseville, Calif., home and saw a man get out of a car with a sawed-off shotgun and enter the Antelope General Store. Crowder grabbed...
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September 1, 1959

American, Waterbury, CT

A stranger who had earlier aroused the suspicions of proprietor J. Roger Gayat when he entered Gayat's Woodbury, Conn., liquor store and asked for directions, was critically wounded...
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September 1, 1959

The Times, Roanoke, VA

Seeking refuge from authorities who wanted him for breaking and entering and shooting at a policeman, a young rifle-armed thug forced his way into the Marion, Va., home of Mrs. Mary...
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August 1, 1959

Examiner, Los Angeles, CA

Martin Marchello was aroused from bed in the rear of his Los Angeles liquor store by the crash of a display window. Seizing a rifle, Marchello ran to the front and fired at a burglar...
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August 1, 1959

Daily Signal, CA

In Huntington Park, Calif., liquor store proprietor Ray Glass did as he was told when one of three bandits pointed a Luger pistol and forced him to lie on the floor. After cleaning...
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August 1, 1959

The Daily News, Amarillo, TX

Teddy Jett of Borger, Tex., was friendly to two young hitchhikers he had picked up until the one in the back seat struck him on the head with a steel rod. Jett slammed on the brakes, ...
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August 1, 1959

Herald Express, Los Angeles, CA

Josephine Morreale shouted to husband Domenick who was in the back room of their Irwindale, Calif., liquor store when two bandits entered and demanded the money. One gunman ran to...
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July 1, 1959

The Citizen, Lima, OH

A burglar who had spent 17 years in prisons for crimes in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, was killed robbing a restaurant near Lima, Ohio. Proprietor Lowell Tullis grabbed his rifle...
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July 1, 1959

The New Mexican, Santa Fe, NM

In Tierra Amarilla, N. Mex., shopkeeper Albert Wheeler called on neighbor Jack Taylor to cover the front when the intercom alarm rang in the store owner's bedroom. Wheeler went to...
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July 1, 1959

The Bee, Sacramento, CA

Estquio Banayat, co-owner of a Sacramento, Calif., grocery, was sweeping the floor when a gunman entered and demanded the money. Partner Damaso Gumangan sensed trouble and emerged...
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July 1, 1959

Examiner, San Francisco, CA

A bandit pair entered Jack Swartz' San Francisco market, one pinning the proprietor's arms behind him as the other scooped money from the register. Swartz broke away and ran behind...
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July 1, 1959

Mirror News, Los Angeles, CA

Recently Eberhard Herz was tending his father-in-law's Los Angeles, Calif., store when two gunmen, armed with a Luger pistol and a sawed-off shotgun, entered. After making Herz empty...
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July 1, 1959

Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, PA

Albert Faller, a former Marine member of rifle and pistol teams, awoke when a burglar tampered with the bedroom door of his Pittsburgh home. Faller jumped out of bed with his cal....
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July 1, 1959

Daily News, Greensboro, NC

Three youths, free on bond while awaiting trial on six breaking and entering charges, were surprised by Sam Lovelace as they tried to burglarize his Shelby, N.C., service station....
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July 1, 1959

The Press, Grand Rapids, MI

A young thug who tried to rob the Grand Rapids, Mich., grocery of Albin Kuligowski fled when the proprietor pulled a cal. .38 pistol from his pocket and fired. Police took the bandit...
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July 1, 1959

Daily Tribune, Chicago, IL

A stick-up man was shot dead when Chicago grocer Jessie Thomas wrestled him to the floor, Thomas drawing and firing his pistol in the struggle. The slain bandit's rifle-bearing accomplice ...
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July 1, 1959

Sun, Baltimore, MD

James R. Pickett had closed his Baltimore tavern and retired to his living quarters upstairs when he heard a suspicious noise below. Pickett got his gun, found glass broken in the...
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July 1, 1959

The Times, Kansas City, KS

When the customer pulled a gun after ordering a bottle of whisky, Dave Zusman drew his pistol from under the counter of his Kansas City, Kans., liquor store and fired five times....
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July 1, 1959

The Times, Indianapolis, IN

Thwarting a holdup in Indianapolis, Ind., recently was liquor clerk Victor Sclipcea who reached under the counter for his revolver when a bandit entered brandishing a pistol. Sclipcea ...
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July 1, 1959

Times-Picayune, New Orleans, LA

Held up six times in recent months and veteran of a recent gun battle with a bandit, Angelo Giangrosso again decided to shoot it out when an armed thug and a companion invaded his...
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June 1, 1959

Free Press, Detroit, MI

Johnny Williams was hired to stand guard in his uncle's Detroit restaurant last Christmas after the sixth break-in. Williams' nightly vigil paid off in April when he surprised two ...
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June 1, 1959

The Press, Fort Worth, TX

When all the customers had left the Fort Worth grocery and he had finished his soft drink, a young thug shoved proprietor W.H. Browne aside, brandished a pistol, and demanded that...
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June 1, 1959

Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, TX

As Paul Smith was unlocking the door of his Fort Worth market, he felt a gun in his side. Smith whirled, knocked the gunman's hand askew, drew the cal. .38 revolver which he carries...
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June 1, 1959

The Observer, Charlotte, NC

After a series of break-ins of his gas station near Mooresville, N.C., Roy Bumgardner was sleeping in the place when two intruders removed an air conditioning unit to gain entrance....
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