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August 30, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Danny H. Rolling, the prime suspect in the slayings of five Gainesville, Fla., college students, was convicted of the armed robbery of a Tampa grocery and assault on police officers. Prosecutors said they plan to seek a life sentence. The robbery occurred a few days after the last of the Gainesville bodies were discovered. Rolling, charged with other burglaries and robberies in Florida, is wanted for the attempted murder of his father and may be a suspect in a triple killing in Louisiana.
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September 7, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Burglars struck a cash-filled warehouse in Fort Myers, Fla., and made off with more than $3.34 million meant to restock bank vaults after the Labor Day weekend, the FBI said. Workers with the Brink's armored delivery service discovered the theft Tuesday, FBI agent Brian Kensel said.
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NEWS
September 17, 1995 | From Associated Press
A teen-ager was convicted of first-degree murder Saturday in the 1993 killing of a British tourist at a highway rest stop, one of a series of crimes that drove visitors away from Florida. Juries in two earlier trials had deadlocked because of a lack of physical evidence tying John (Billy Joe) Crumitie to the slaying of Gary Colley during a bungled robbery at an Interstate 10 rest stop near Monticello, about 35 miles east of Tallahassee.
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August 11, 1999 | From Associated Press
Six youths have been arrested on charges of stealing and then stockpiling an arsenal of weapons and ammunition, including armor-piercing bullets, firearms and bayonets, authorities said Tuesday. The boys, ages 14 to 18, are suspected of taking 140 rounds of armor-piercing ammunition, 3,500 rounds of Russian and Romanian-made ammunition, three firearms and two bayonets from one house, and six guns from another.
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August 30, 1997 | From Associated Press
A jury deliberated less than 30 minutes Friday before convicting an 18-year-old man of trying to kill a British tourist who saw her boyfriend shot to death during a robbery attempt at a highway rest stop. Aundra Akins, found guilty of attempted murder, was only 14 when Margaret Jagger and Gary Colley were shot early in the morning of Sept. 13, 1993. He already is serving a 27-year prison term after pleading guilty in 1995 to murdering Colley, 34.
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September 12, 1990 | JAMES M. GOMEZ
Federal and local law enforcement authorities in four states are on the lookout for a fourth man suspected of being involved in a nationwide string of violent jewelry store robberies, including two posh jewelers at Fashion Island shopping complex. Robert G. Siegel, 54, of Franklin, Ill., is believed to be in hiding somewhere in Illinois and may be armed and dangerous, Newport Beach Police Sgt. Richard T. Long said. "He certainly should be approached with caution," Long said.
NEWS
August 27, 1991 | From Associated Press
The main suspect in the slaying of five Gainesville college students may be linked to a 1989 triple murder in Louisiana, police said in an affidavit unsealed Monday. The affidavit in support of a search warrant was released as jury selection began in a robbery trial for Danny Harold Rolling. The trial began a year to the day after the first two victims were found in Gainesville. Last week, police in Shreveport, La.
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June 6, 1992 | ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
FBI agents on Friday arrested a Huntington Beach man wanted in Florida on charges of grand theft auto, strong-arm robbery and writing bad checks, authorities said. Randall Arthur Leighton, 29, surrendered to agents who went to his Stanley Walk home, said Charlie J. Parson, special agent in charge in Los Angeles. Leighton was arrested on a felony charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, authorities said. After an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald W.
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April 9, 1993 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Six days after the brutal killing of a German tourist sent a wave of revulsion through Miami and caused at least two European governments, Germany and Britain, to caution their citizens about traveling here, police Thursday announced the arrests of two men charged with killing the visitor during a robbery.
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June 4, 1988 | Associated Press
Brian Spencer, a former National Hockey League player acquitted last year of murdering a restaurant owner, died Friday of a gunshot wound to the chest. His companion at the time of the incident, Gregory Scott Cook, told police that Spencer, 39, was shot in Cook's truck during a robbery attempt that followed a cocaine buy late Thursday night in Riviera Beach. But police Capt. Jerry Poreba said there are questions about Cook's account.
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January 18, 1999 | Reuters
A businesswoman from Panama was in critical condition after being shot by a mugger at a Miami shopping mall, police said. Lynn Motta, 50, of Panama City, an executive of Motta International, her family's duty-free business, was attacked Saturday in the parking lot of Dadeland Mall, police said. When she refused to give up her purse, the attacker pushed her to the ground, shot her several times and escaped in her rental car, police said.
NEWS
July 17, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A man was arrested in connection with a rape and robbery in the Kissimmee hotel room of two British tourists, and investigators were looking into whether nine other similar attacks in the Orlando area might be related. Kenneth Taylor, 39, was identified by one of the victims as being the man who attacked them Monday in their room. Police said the pair were robbed and forced to perform sex acts with each other before the woman was raped.
NEWS
October 23, 1997 | From Associated Press
Twelve young men charged in a string of airport area robberies that sent a chill through Florida's tourism industry in the early 1990s went on trial Wednesday on federal charges of interfering with international commerce. Prosecutors said the defendants worked as a gang for more than a decade, preying on vulnerable foreign tourists, especially women and the elderly. The men were indicted in 1996 in an investigation of more than 200 tourist robberies.
NEWS
September 26, 1997 | Associated Press
All but $186,000 of the $18.8 million stolen from an armored car company in one of the largest heists in U.S. history has been recovered. "We were expecting to recover a good chunk of it, but this was bigger and sooner than we expected," said Pat Flaherty, a spokesman for Loomis, Fargo & Co. in Dallas. The FBI discovered bags of the money last week in a storage shed in Mountain Home, N.C. Agents say the shed was rented in 1993 by former Loomis courier Philip Johnson.
NEWS
August 31, 1997 | From Associated Press
A disgruntled armored car driver believed to have taken $22 million in the biggest heist in U.S. history was arrested Saturday when he crossed the border into Texas, using the name of a former roommate, the FBI said. No money was recovered and authorities do not know where it might be. Philip Noel Johnson, 33, was stopped by U.S. Customs agents and asked for his identification as he was crossing from Matamoros, Mexico, into Brownsville, at the southern tip of Texas.
NEWS
August 30, 1997 | From Associated Press
A jury deliberated less than 30 minutes Friday before convicting an 18-year-old man of trying to kill a British tourist who saw her boyfriend shot to death during a robbery attempt at a highway rest stop. Aundra Akins, found guilty of attempted murder, was only 14 when Margaret Jagger and Gary Colley were shot early in the morning of Sept. 13, 1993. He already is serving a 27-year prison term after pleading guilty in 1995 to murdering Colley, 34.
NEWS
August 31, 1997 | From Associated Press
A disgruntled armored car driver believed to have taken $22 million in the biggest heist in U.S. history was arrested Saturday when he crossed the border into Texas, using the name of a former roommate, the FBI said. No money was recovered and authorities do not know where it might be. Philip Noel Johnson, 33, was stopped by U.S. Customs agents and asked for his identification as he was crossing from Matamoros, Mexico, into Brownsville, at the southern tip of Texas.
NEWS
August 11, 1999 | From Associated Press
Six youths have been arrested on charges of stealing and then stockpiling an arsenal of weapons and ammunition, including armor-piercing bullets, firearms and bayonets, authorities said Tuesday. The boys, ages 14 to 18, are suspected of taking 140 rounds of armor-piercing ammunition, 3,500 rounds of Russian and Romanian-made ammunition, three firearms and two bayonets from one house, and six guns from another.
NEWS
January 10, 1997 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A dozen police officers fanned out through the impoverished neighborhood of Overtown on Thursday, demanding that residents return the loot that fell from an overturned Brink's truck the day before. After going door to door for six hours, warning that keeping the money was a crime and offering a 48-hour amnesty, they returned to the station house. The total turned in: zero. The total missing: more than $400,000 in bills and coins, and $300,000 in food stamps, out of a total of $3.
NEWS
February 25, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Three people were arrested in the fatal shooting of a Dutch tourist at a Miami gas station after police pieced together several tips. Two 16-year-olds and 20-year-old Barry Chandler were charged with first-degree murder and robbery, Metro-Dade police said. Chandler is also charged with possession of firearms by a convicted felon. Police refused to give details about how they found the three suspects, saying only that some 300 phone calls and tips from the public helped in the investigation.
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