Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Man robs, stabs and then is cut in half by train as he flees

A man who had just robbed a house may have been trying to jump on a train when he fell into the wheels, which severed his body into two distinct pieces.

Today in Crime History: The Lufthansa heist hits the papers

On December 12, 1978, the New York Times reported that $3.0 million in cash, and jewelry worth about $2.0 million were stolen from John F. Kennedy international airport. After that report, the grand total was revised to $5.0 million in cash and $850,000 in jewelry and the heist was declared the largest cash robbery in history.

Good news, we’re safe! Stolen radioactive material recovered; bad news, robbers dead already

Well we can all rest easy as the weekend begins, because the highly radioactive shipment of cobalt-60 stolen in Mexico earlier this week has been found and secured. No one, except the robbers of course, was likely exposed. On the down side, the robbers are probably already dead.

‘Wheels of Steal’ Now Behind Bars

The “Wheelchair Bandit” robbing NYC tourists last week has been rolled into custody. 25-year-old Matias Moreno-Boza of New Jersey was charged with four counts of larceny over the weekend. He appeared in court in his wheelchair on Saturday.

Robber Returns Money with Apology Note 11 Years Later

Somboon Wu was working at his family’s Nashville, Tennessee, store, the Interasian Market and Deli, when an unidentified man walked in a handed him an envelope containing $400 and a note.

VIDEO: One of the Shortest Armed Robberies Ever

The following video demonstrates how luck and timing can wreak havoc with the goals of those eager to rob. The title does not exaggerate either, 15 seconds from entering the convenience store to being hustled off to a police cruiser.

Brooklyn Man’s Saggy Pants Led to his Capture by Police

We’ve all heard of crimes of fashion, well the arrest of Brooklyn man Joel Donaldson, 21, may be the first time that a poor fashion choice prevented a crime.

On This Day in Crime History: Clarence Gideon is Sentenced

A 1961 a robbery in Florida resulted in the arrest of small-time criminal Clarence Gideon. Too poor to afford a lawyer he represented himself. Gideon received the maximum sentence on August 27, giving him time to study the law, and file the criminal case that led to an accused person’s right to legal representation.

VIDEO: Would-Be Robber Weeps When Intended Victim Fights Back

A man intending to rob a gas station convenience store in Germany got the shock of his life when the intended victim not only defended himself, but fought back — hard. The upset and overwhelmed thief was very soon in desperate need of a hug. He then sits down and cries.

Thieves Have Change of Heart, Return Stolen Goods with Apology

Everyone was shocked, but it seems that when thieves discovered that they had robbed a nonprofit organization that helps the victims of sexual assault, they thought better of it, secretly returned their loot and apologized.

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