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September 21, 2011

KOKI-TV, Tulsa, Okla. 09/20/11

After being scared off by a resident as he attempted to burglarize a home in Tulsa, Okla., a criminal moved one street over and tried his luck again. As he attempted to break into the...
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September 16, 2011

WJXT, Jacksonville, Fla. 09/14/11

Two burglars in Jacksonville, Fla. picked the wrong house to rob when they attempted to break into the Murray Hill neighborhood home of a former marine and current gun range employee....
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September 12, 2011

WINK, Fort Myers, Fla. 09/05/11, The Naples Daily News, Naples, Fla. 09/06/11

Dwain Daniels III was driving down State Road 29 in the Florida everglades, when he saw an alligator attacking 90-year-old Margaret Webb on the front lawn of her property. Webb was...
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September 9, 2011

WEWS, Cleveland, Ohio 08/29/11, WJW, Cleveland, Ohio 08/29/11

A man was in the downstairs of his home in Cleveland, Ohio, when he heard a suspicious noise coming from the second floor. The homeowner retrieved a gun, went to investigate and happened...
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September 6, 2011

The Gainesville Sun, Gainesville, Fla. 09/06/11

After hearing his dog barking at around 11:40 a.m., a homeowner in Gainesville, Fla. retrieved a shotgun and went to investigate. The homeowner discovered a man in his carport stealing...
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August 31, 2011

The Spartanburg Herald, Journal, Spartanburg, S.C. 08/30/11

A Boiling Springs, S.C. homeowner was driving home when he noticed a car was following him. After the homeowner turned into his driveway, two people got out the suspicious car and attempted...
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August 25, 2011

The Clarion Ledger, Jackson, Miss. 08/23/11

“G” Singh, owner of N&S Food Mart in Jackson, Miss., was leaving the store around 10p.m. with his mother, when a masked and armed robber appeared from behind a dumpster and confronted...
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August 23, 2011

The Reno Gazette-Journal Reno, Nev. 08/22/11

A 72-year-old homeowner in Reno, Nev. was awakened at 3 a.m. by three criminals breaking into his home. The homeowner retrieved a gun, confronted the criminals and fired at them, striking...
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August 18, 2011

The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash. 08/18/11

A contractor scheduled to work on a home in Tacoma, Wash. arrived at the house around 11 a.m. to find a suspicious vehicle and items from the home in the driveway. The contractor called...
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August 15, 2011

The Associated Press, Augusta, Ga., 08/14/11, WRDW, Augusta, Ga. 08/15/11

Leontaye Johnson of Augusta, Ga. was returning home at around 4 a.m. when he spotted a man attempting to break into his house. Washington fired at the criminal, who returned fire. The...
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August 9, 2011

The Brownsville Herald, Brownsville, Texas, 08/07/11, The Monitor, McAllen, Texas, 08/09/11

After learning of a number of burglaries in their neighborhood, a mother and 17-year-old son checked their Monte Alto, Texas property for signs of theft at around 1:45 a.m. While securing...
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August 8, 2011

The St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Fla. 08/08/11

Raven Smith and Lesley Tanner were exiting a car in the parking lot of a restaurant in St. Petersburg, Fla., when a criminal armed with a gun attempted to rob them. The robber initially...
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August 2, 2011

WTVF, Nashville, Tenn. 08/01/11

A 68-year-old grandmother was at home with her husband who uses a wheelchair in Nashville, Tenn., when two armed burglars used a crowbar to break into her house. After becoming aware...
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July 27, 2011

The Lake County Record-Bee, Lakeport, Calif., 07/25/11

A 77-year-old woman who uses a wheelchair was asleep in her Lucerne, Calif. home when she was awakened by a man pounding on one of the home’s sliding glass doors. The woman called 9-1-1,...
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July 25, 2011

WTVM, Columbia, S.C. 07/25/11

Just before 6:00 a.m., a clerk was attempting to prepare breakfast at a Days Inn in Columbia, S.C. when she was confronted by an armed robber. The criminal put a knife to the clerk’s...
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July 22, 2011

WPEC, West Palm Beach, Fla. 07/17/11, The Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach, Fla. 07/18/11

At around 4:15 a.m., Joseph Wagner and his family were asleep at home in Greenacres, Fla. when his teenage daughter heard someone break in through a kitchen door. After witnessing the...
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July 21, 2011

The Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, Fla. 07/19/11

A Parkland, Fla. homeowner and his brother were inspecting the home’s garage at around 2:30 a.m., when a masked and armed robber confronted them. The homeowner was able to obtain a...
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July 15, 2011

The Winston-Salem Journal, Winston-Salem, N.C. July 13, 2011

Around 1:30 a.m., Wilkes County, N.C. homeowner James Brian Haynes alerted authorities to a man throwing rocks at his house and attempting to break in. By the time police arrived the...
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July 8, 2011

WTOL, Toledo, Ohio 07/07/11

82-year-old Mattie Snow was at home in Toledo, Ohio, when a burglar broke a window and entered the house. Snow retrieved a gun and fired two shots at the criminal, causing him to flee....
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July 7, 2011

KOMO, Seattle, Wash. 07/05/11

Around 8 a.m., a homeowner in Bainbridge Island, Wash. found a criminal rifling around his kitchen. The homeowner ordered the intruder to leave, but the burglar instead grabbed a knife...
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July 1, 2011

The Associated Press, June 30, 2011

At around 1 a.m., the owner of Jepson Drug in Siloam Springs, Ark. was asleep in the pharmacy’s office when a criminal broke into the store. After retrieving a firearm, the owner went...
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June 28, 2011

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pa. 06/27/11

Feigning an interest in purchasing a motorcycle listed for sale on Craigslist, three criminals arranged a meeting with the owner in the Powelton Village section of Philadelphia, Pa....
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June 24, 2011

KSAT, San Antonio, Texas 06/22/11

A robber armed with a gun entered the EZ Pawn pawnshop in San Antonio, Texas, raised the gun in the air and announced a robbery. A customer, who is also a Right-to-Carry permit holder,...
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June 23, 2011

KNWA, Fayetteville, Ark. 06/22/11, The Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Little Rock, Ark. 06/22/11

A man armed with a knife entered the Arkansas Gold and Silver Exchange in Fayetteville, Ark., stabbed clerk Chris Leach in the arm and attempted to rob the store. Leach was able to...
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June 22, 2011

WDAF, Kansas City, Mo. 06/16/11

A group of around 25 teenagers broke the windows and door of a house in Kansas City, Mo. before they were confronted by the next door neighbor and military veteran Robert MacBride and...
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June 17, 2011

The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, Calif. 06/17/11

Around 3 a.m., a woman driving her one-year-old son pulled her vehicle into the garage of her home in Rancho Cordova, Calif. As the woman exited the car, two men who had followed her...
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June 15, 2011

KSPR, Springfield, Mo., 06/14/11

A criminal attempted to break into a house in Mountain Home, Ark. by throwing a concrete block through the window of a door that led into the bedroom of the homeowner's four-year-old...
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June 3, 2011

The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Colo. 06/01/11

A robber armed with a knife approached a man in his car at the Power Wash car wash in Colorado Springs, Colo. and demanded money. The driver feigned reaching for his wallet, but retrieved...
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June 2, 2011

WSFA, Montgomery, Ala. 05/30/11

A burglar in in Pintlala, Ala. had an unlucky night when he ran into not one, but two, armed citizens. First, when Tim McCullough arrived at his home, he noticed that the house had...
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May 26, 2011

WBNS, Columbus, Ohio, May 25, 2011

Around 4:30 a.m., a woman in Columbus, Ohio was entering her vehicle to head to the gym, when a robber confronted her. The woman screamed, alerting her boyfriend who was in a nearby...
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May 23, 2011

The Caller, Corpus Christi, Texas, May 23, 2011

Around 2:30 a.m., a 78-year-old homeowner alerted police to a man trying to break into his home in Corpus Christi, Texas and armed himself with a handgun. Police arrived to see the...
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May 20, 2011

The Herald Palladium, St. Joseph-Benton Harbor, Mich. 05/18/11

Around 4:30 a.m., two masked and armed men entered a Walgreens pharmacy in Benton Township, Mich. in an attempt to steal prescription drugs. One criminal guided a store manager at gunpoint...
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May 19, 2011

The Orange Leader, Orange, Texas, 05/16/11

After assaulting his girlfriend, a criminal followed her to her parent’s house in Mauriceville, Texas and forced his way inside. When confronted by the girlfriend’s parents, the criminal...
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May 18, 2011

KRQE, Roswell, N.M. 05/16/11

For the second time in less than a month, a burglar waited until Maryanne Stark left for work, and then attempted to break into her Roswell, N.M. home. This time a neighbor witnessed...
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May 17, 2011

The Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville, Tenn. May 7, 2011

A woman was alone in her Clarksville, Tenn. home when she heard two intruders kicking the front door. The woman retrieved a .40-caliber handgun, yelled to warn the intruders she was...
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May 12, 2011

The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta, Ga. 05/11/11

A woman was at home taking a shower in Gwinnett County, Ga., when an intruder armed with a knife turned off her bathroom lights and attacked. The altercation caused the woman to fall...
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May 10, 2011

WHAS, Louisville, Ky. 05/09/11

After being dropped off by a getaway driver at around 3:30 a.m., a criminal broke into a home in Floyd County, Ind. through a garage door. A resident of the home became aware of the...
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May 4, 2011

WJRT, Flint, Mich. 05/04/11

A 50-year-old woman was at home in Flint, Mich., when a criminal attempted to break in through a window. The woman retrieved a gun and warned the intruder that she was armed. Undeterred,...
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April 29, 2011

WAFF, Huntsville, Ala. 04/29/11

By now, would-be looters should be well aware of the adage “you loot, we shoot,” popularized during the periods of unrest following hurricanes Andrew and Katrina. In the wake of the...
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April 27, 2011

The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, La. 04/22/11

Around 7 p.m., a man in Chalmette, La. noticed a criminal burglarizing his truck while a second criminal waited in a nearby getaway vehicle. The truck owner retrieved a handgun and...
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