A 90-year-old man named Jay Leone in Greenbrae, California was shot in the head by a burglar. Not only did he survive, but said: "F*ck you, you son of a b*tch. Now it's my turn" and then shot the burglar three times in the abdomen.
In 2006, thieves planning to steal one of the koalas in Rockhampton Zoo of Queensland, Australia changed their mind after it proved too vicious because “apparently [the koala] scratched the sh*t out of them” and stole a crocodile instead which was easier.
In 2008, 95-year-old wheelchair-bound women in Oklahoma used a screwdriver to fight off a burglar and won. He passed out from blood loss.
Brandon Lee, Bruce Lee's son, arrived home while a burglar was robbing his house. He chased him around the house until the burglar grabbed a kitchen knife. Brandon was able to disarm the criminal and subdued him until police arrived.
In 2013, unknown perpetrators stole the gilded cookie hanging in front of the Bahlsen Company in Hannover, Germany. The thieves demanded the company to send 52,000 cookies to 52 charities, but only "the ones with milk chocolate". Bahlsen agreed to the terms and the cookie was retrieved.
In 2008, a bank robber successfully used a Craigslist help-wanted ad for construction workers, specifying their uniform, to create unwitting decoys around a bank in Washington that he robbed in matching the uniform. His “getaway vehicle” was an inner tube.
In 1995, a middle-aged man named McArthur Wheeler robbed two Pittsburgh banks with lemon juice on his face. Since lemon juice makes for invisible ink, he thought it would render his face invisible on camera.
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During a hunting expedition, Theodore Roosevelt's boat was stolen by wanted men attempting to flee the country. Despite numbing temperatures and icy waters, Roosevelt and his companions built a raft, took it down the river, and captured the thieves 3 days later.
When the native islanders of Guam known as the Chamorros met Magellan on his ship in 1521, they began to take everything that wasn't nailed down as they were unfamiliar with the concept of private property. Magellan mistook the natives as thieves and attacked, naming the island "The Island of Thieves."
Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd, a Great Depression-era gangster and notorious bank robber, endeared himself to the public by destroying mortgage papers at the banks he robbed, freeing many from their debts.