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Police are looking for 2 men who used a common sleight-of-hand magician's trick to steal thousands of dollars from Atlanta area Publix stores.

Police say the two men used the same magician's trick to rob Publix stores while buying money orders.

"It's all trickery, sleight of hand, and in the end they're short-changing the clerk," said Kennesaw Police Officer David Buchanan. "Using sleight of hand, moving the money when he's not looking or paying attention to where the money is going, to be able to get the money away from the cashier," said Officer Buchanan, according to Fox 5 News.

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Buchanan said the men are seen on store surveillance video buying a money order for $2,900 at a Kennesaw Publix store.

The cashier hands the men the money order and they hand him the cash. After the clerk counts the money, one of the men snatches the cash off the counter and counts it again to double check.

The man appears to be upset that he's not counting the money right. But each time he counts the money, he moves bills from the stack into his pocket.

"Every time he's done counting that money, he puts his right hand back in his pocket," said Officer Buchanan.

The clerk, who has already counted the money, doesn't triple check the amount when the man hands the money back to him.

The men walk out of the store with $1,800 in cash and a $2,900 money order that they paid $1100 for.

Kennesaw police confirm the two men pulled the same trick at another Kennesaw Publix store in less than an hour.

Investigators working with other agencies said the same two men pulled off similar robberies at four locations in the metro Atlanta area.

"It seems this is how they make their money and we're hoping to identify them to get these victims their money back," said Officer Buchanan.

He said the two men are slick and well-practiced.

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A TikTok video captured the moment a shoplifting gang rammed an NYPD police car while attempting to flee with $70,000 of designer clothes and bags.

New York City has become the Wild Wild East where overall crimes are up over 44% since the pandemic.

The TikTok video shows NYPD cops surrounding a Dodge Charger after the driver rammed a patrol car.

Police used their batons to hit the windows of the Charger before the women opened the car doors and surrendered.

Police arrested three suspects, Janavia Marable, 29, Brianna Grier, 27, and Jahil Pamplin, 29, all of Newark, New Jersey.

The incident began after the trio looted a high end store, making off with $70,000 worth of designer clothing and handbags on Sunday in SoHo, NY.

According to DailyMail.com, the women stole Dior and Gucci clothing, multiple Sacai jackets, and two Bottega bags, which retail for more than $2,000.

When the thieves tried to flee in the Charger they got stuck in traffic.

That's when the driver rammed the NYPD cruiser behind her and the police began hitting the car windows with their batons.

The trio are believed to be the suspects who previously robbed the same high end boutique in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood.

@gvancugva #nypdpolice #nypd #newyorkcity ? original sound - Gvancu Gva

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A DoorDash driver was caught on surveillance video stealing sneakers out of rapper Fabolous' Rolls-Royce after delivering his food.

According to VladTV, Fabulous shared the video on his Instagram Story.

The surveillance footage shows the DoorDash driver walking back to his vehicle after delivering the rapper's food.

The delivery driver noticed the Rolls' passenger side door was partially open and hopped inside. Seconds later, the brazen driver emerged from Fab's Rolls-Royce with an armload of shoe boxes.

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In a lengthy video caption, Fabulous asked his followers to help him identify the thief. He also urged the thief to hit his DM to return his personal belongings no questions asked.

Yesterday afternoon a DOOR DASH DELIVERY GUY bringing a order to someone else in NEW JERSEY decided to STEAL me & my Son's sneakers & clothes out of my car !!!

I’m giving the opportunity here & now to whoever this dude is to return the stuff stolen. I will take it back with no consequence, & let it slide. IF NOT, i have plenty of video footage, the delivery car info, the Door Dash pick up info & even will reach out to door dash & get all information involved with the driver/vehicle

If you know this guy or this is your family or friend u should holla at him to return it ASAP. YALL CAN DM ME & this will be handled & left as a mistake or opportunity

The Consequence of not returning me & my kids stuff now is POLICE & DOOR DASH will be contacted & this guy is gonna end up in JAIL FOR ROBBERY!! In hindsight SPENDING YEARS IN JAIL for a few pairs of sneakers & 2 jackets isn’t worth it. Hope he can realize that or someone who cares for him can

HIT MY DM IF YOU KNOW THIS GUY OR HAVE ANY INFORMATION.

HIT MY DM TO SET UP A RETURN OF STUFF.

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A plumber who discovered $600,000 in cash and checks in a wall of Joel Osteen's megachurch will get $20,000 reward from Crime Stoppers.

The plumber, identified by NBC Houston affiliate KPRC as Justin Cauley, discovered the loot stuffed in a wall when he removed a toilet in a church bathroom on Nov. 10.

"There was a loose toilet in the wall, and we removed the tile," he said in a call to 100.3 The Bull. "We went to go remove the toilet, and I moved some insulation away and about 500 envelopes fell out of the wall, and I was like 'Oh wow!'"

Cauley, a good Christian, turned the money over to church officials. Police believe the cash and checks were connected to an unsolved robbery at the megachurch in 2014.

The church didn't give Cauley a dime in gratitude for recovering the stolen money. But Crime Stoppers gave him a check for $20,000. The money was part of a reward that was offered for information about the 2014 robbery.

"This money is going to help tremendously," Cauley told KPRC. He was disappointed that Osteen didn't even thank him personally for finding the money.

Police theorize the loot was stolen by a church insider who stashed it in the wall, but probably died before they could retrieve it.
 

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Another viral video from Brazil shows real men beating down a punk after he tried to rob a girl on a busy street in broad daylight.

The video shows a brazen food delivery driver ride up on a motorcycle and snatch a girl's purse. Before he could flee with the purse, a group of men knocked him off the motorcycle and stomped him into the pavement.

Other men piled on and taught the guy a valuable lesson with their hands and feet.
 
ALSO READ: Caught On Video: Street Justice in Brazil
 
You rarely see this type of bravery here in the U.S. unless the men are not from here. There are a lot of Jamaican men in America who will not tolerate another man disrespecting Black women.

Some American men are soy boys with too much Estrogen in their blood. They would rather record the action on their cell phones or stand around and watch.

In the second video below, another weak man is handled by real men after he beat his girlfriend in the street.

Again, grown men risking their lives to protect a woman they don't know.

If you are a petty crook who targets women, don't do it in Brazil: REAL men exist there. You might get hurt or killed.
 

 

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A 9-year-old girl is being called a hero after she fought off a man who robbed her mom in a supermarket parking lot.

The incident happened outside Sabor Tropical Supermarket in West Palm Beach, Florida on November 2.

West Palm Beach police say Danielle Mobley and her daughter Journée Nelson were walking back to their car when a robber -- identified as 29-year-old Demetrius Jackson -- ran up and tackled Mobley to the ground.

Mobley struggled with Jackson who snatched her purse containing a Samsung phone, $40 in cash, several bank cards, a Coach wallet, her concealed carry permit and chewing gum.

While grown men stood nearby and did nothing, little Journée threw punches at Jackson's face then chased him as he fled with her mom's purse.

"She actually jumped up and chased him four houses down the block with me chasing her, calling her back," Mobley said during a news conference.

Surveillance video below shows the struggle between Mobley, Journée and the robber and the chase that ensued.

For her bravery, little Journée was honored by the West Palm Beach Police Department last week.

"I wouldn't recommend that you confront an individual like that," said West Palm Beach Police Chief Frank Adderley. "I bet he was shocked when she hit him right in his face... He was not expecting that. I think she hit him pretty hard."

Journée took photos with her parents during a tour of the West Palm Beach Police Department.

Watch the video below.
 

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A security guard is being hailed a hero for coming to the rescue of an elderly Asian man who was being assaulted by three women.

In a viral video taken at a gas station, three women are seen assaulting the elderly man as he sat in his car.

As the women pummeled the defenseless man, a security guard rushed over and stopped the attack.

Twitter users are calling the man a hero for stepping up to do what's right. Many requested a GoFundMe link to send money to the man for responding above and beyond the call of duty.

Some Twitter users believe the three women are prostitutes and at least one of them is a transgender.

The video was posted on Twitter.com the same day Joe Biden signed a hate crimes bill in response to a rise in violence against Asian Americans.

One Black Twitter user feared the bill "will be used specifically against Black Americans."

CAUTION: The video contains violent imagery. Viewer discretion is advised.
 

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An 11-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy were arrested Wednesday and charged in the assault and robbery of an Asian man in San Leandro, California.

Police say the 11-year-old -- who has an extensive criminal record -- was the getaway driver.

The unidentified 80-year-old man was walking alone on Acapulco Road at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday when two Black males wearing dark hoodies approached and assaulted him.

The teens snatched a Fitbit off the man's wrist, stole his wallet and knocked him to the ground.

The victim suffered minor injuries but did not require medical attention, police said.

The younger boy is seen in the surveillance video (circled) but he did not participate in the assault on the victim.

Police say he was behind the wheel of a blue Subaru sedan that the males fled in after the attack. The car had been carjacked on May 10 in Oakland, Calif., police said.

Police believe the same suspects are responsible for stealing a Hispanic woman's purse at the 500 block of Bancroft Avenue the same day.

Sources told Dion Lim of ABC7 News that the 11-year-old boy has an "extensive criminal history," that includes robberies and carjackings.

Due to his young age, police released the boy into the custody of his single mother.

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A Las Vegas man was shot 14 times and killed after he stabbed a police officer at a gun range he'd just robbed minutes earlier.

Las Vegas police say Marvin Payton Jr. tried to steal a gun out of a customer's bag at Range 702 in Clark County in February.

Surveillance video of the shooting was released to the public on Monday, May 3.

When employees confronted Payton, he fled into the parking lot where he was spotted by two arriving officers.

Payton was not armed initially, so the officers did not draw their weapons.

As the two officers approached Payton he pulled a screwdriver out of his pocket and stabbed a female officer several times.

Assistant Clark County Sheriff Brett Zimmerman told reporters on Monday that Payton was shot by Officer Andrew Nguyen and four employees of the shooting range.

Officer Nguyen fired his service weapon 9 times. The other 5 shots were fired by the employees. Payton was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officer Nguyen, who joined the force in 2018, was placed on paid leave pending an internal review of the officer-involved shooting.

The employees were not identified and they will not be charged in the shooting.

"Their involvement actually helped our officer and could have saved our officer's life," Zimmerman said.

Surveillance footage shows Payton leaving the facility as the two officers arrived in a patrol unit.

There is a brief scuffle and Payton produces the screwdriver and stabs the female officer.

The armed employees who were watching as the drama unfolded drew their weapons and opened fire.

Zimmerman said the officers didn't activate their body-worn video cameras.

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Police in Smyrna, Tennessee are searching for a woman who is wanted for assaulting a police officer during a robbery.

Laquanashaneachia Leach is wanted for assaulting a police officer and a bystander after she was caught shoplifting at an Alta beauty supply store on Industrial Boulevard in Smyrna.

When police responded to a 911 call reporting a shoplifting in progress, Leach tried to leave the store.

She allegedly assaulted an officer and a passenger in a vehicle that was rammed by Leach fleeing in her car.

She was able to get away, but she will be charged with 2 counts of aggravated assault, 2 counts of leaving the scene of an accident causing injury, once count of an accident involving damage to a vehicle, and evading arrest by motor vehicle.

Anyone with information on Laquanashaneachia Leach's location is asked to call Smyrna PD Detective Allan Nabours at 615-267-5434.

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Atlanta police released a sketch of a suspect wanted in connection with multiple carjackings and robberies of women in the Atlanta area.

Police are investigating at least four carjacking incidents involving the same man that began at the end of September.

The man's latest victim, a woman who asked to remain anonymous, was punched and dragged from her car on Oct. 9, just after 4 p.m., outside the Dump, a furniture store in the affluent Buckhead neighborhood in northwest Atlanta.

The woman told 11Alive News she was sitting in her car near the store's entrance after loading a rug. A Black man opened the back door and asked if she and her mom were picking up furniture.

The victim politely said no, but the man did something unexpected.

"He climbed in the car, shut the door, and I just knew, oh my God," the victim told 11Alive.

The carjacker ordered her to drive off, threatening to kill her. But the victim was concerned for her 76-year-old mother in the passenger seat, so she resisted.

"My voice was shaky and I was like, 'This is my mother' and I'm like, 'Get out of my car!'" she said. "Then he grabs me, starts pulling me over the center console, my mom starts hitting him on the back to let me go."

The victim yelled for her mother to run inside the store to get help as she continued to struggle with the carjacker.

"He just throws a right hook into my left eye, just goes boom," she said. The man dragged her out of the car and drove off.

Police located her car days later at the Summit Condos in Sandy Springs, where the man carjacked another driver and forced that victim to drive him to an ATM.

Police believe the same suspect carjacked three women and forced them to drive to an ATM.

The Buckhead victim told 11Alive she felt lucky because she was dragged from her car.

"I cannot imagine how these women feel about complying and having to drive to these ATM machines," she said. "To be driving around and be scared to death for minutes upon minutes."
 

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A suspect who stole $500,000 worth of jewelry from Allen Iverson's backpack at a Philadelphia hotel has surrendered to police.

The incident happened on Monday around 10:30 a.m. at the Sofitel Hotel located on S. 17th Street, WPVI reported.

Surveillance footage shows the suspect enter the hotel lobby and snatch Iverson's backpack containing $500,000 worth of the former NBA star's jewelry. Iverson, 44, was not present at the time the jewelry was stolen.

FOX 29's Dave Schratwieser reports that the 21-year-old college student turned himself in after his photo was aired on news stations and went viral on social media on Monday.

Police did not release the suspect's name nor did they say whether all of the jewelry was recovered.

Iverson is known for his expensive custom jewelry collection.

The 11-time NBA All-Star was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the first overall pick in 1996. He played 10 seasons for the 76ers before being traded to the Denver Nuggets in 2006.

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Philadelphia police are searching for a man who stole $500,000 worth of jewelry from Allen Iverson's backpack at a Philadelphia hotel.

The incident happened on Monday around 10:30 a.m. at the Sofitel Hotel located on S. 17th Street, WPVI reported.

Sources confirmed the suspect stole the jewelry from Iverson's backpack. Iverson was not present at the time the jewelry was stolen.

Surveillance video shows the suspect exiting the hotel after the theft.

The man is described as a 20-year-old Black male. He was last seen wearing a dark jacket, red shirt, dark pants and black and white sneakers.

Iverson, 44, an 11-time NBA All-Star, was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the first overall pick in 1996. He played 10 seasons for the 76ers before being traded to the Denver Nuggets in 2006.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.

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Rapper DaBaby is still locked up in a Miami jail after a violent encounter with a local club promoter who allegedly owed him $10,000. The altercation was caught on the hotel's surveillance cameras.

The unidentified promoter told police the rapper robbed him of $80 and his iPhone 7 before pouring apple juice on him outside the posh Novotol Hotel on Brickell Avenue in Miami.

The rapper appeared in a Miami courtroom on Friday, where he waived extradition to Texas. By waiving extradition, DaBaby agrees to be transported by sheriff's deputies to the state of Texas to face charges there.

Meanwhile, there is the matter of $250,000 in cash that DaBaby says he left in his Miami hotel room when he was arrested. He told Judge Mindy Glazer about the money.

A video that surfaced online Friday, allegedly shows the rapper robbing the promoter in front of the hotel.

It isn't clear if DaBaby, real name Jonathan Kirk, was a guest at the hotel when the alleged robbery went down.

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The promoter said DaBaby and his crew assaulted him because they believed he shorted the rapper $10,000 following a performance at a Miami nightclub.

The promoter allegedly gave DaBaby $20,000 upfront for a performance that was scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 2. DaBaby was arrested by Miami police that same day, and charged with battery, a misdemeanor. He is being held on $1,500 bail.

The 28-year-old "Suge" rapper is also being held on an outstanding warrant out of Dallas, Texas, where he is charged with engaging in criminal activity.
 


 

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Surveillance video posted on social media allegedly shows rapper DaBaby robbing another man in a Miami parking lot.

In the video, a diminutive man wearing a black hood over his head is seen dragging another man on the ground.

The unidentified promoter told police the rapper robbed him of $80, and his iPhone 7 before pouring apple juice on him.

The promoter said DaBaby and his crew assaulted him because they believed he shorted the rapper $10,000 following a performance at a Miami nightclub.

The promoter allegedly gave DaBaby $20,000 upfront, but he failed to deliver on the promised $10,000.

DaBaby was arrested on Thursday, Jan. 2, and charged with simple battery, a misdemeanor. He was released on $1,500 bond.