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Two Missouri men were arrested after they allegedly tried to steal a statue of Al Capone outside a bar in Arkansas during St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Mason Potter Jr., 24, and Andrew Vaughn, 25, were arrested Saturday outside the Ohio Club in Hot Springs, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

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Bar owner Mike Pettey told the news outlet that just after midnight, someone told him, "I just saw Al [Capone] going down the sidewalk."

No, the infamous Chicago mob boss wasn’t back from the criminal afterlife. What the patron saw was a life-size statue of the late gangster that Pettey purchased when he took over the bar nearly a decade ago. The bar, according to its website, has been around since 1905 and was a hot spot for mobsters including Capone and Bugsy Siegel, a major figure in the development of the famed Las Vegas Strip..

The town of Hot Springs, which is roughly 45 miles southwest of Little Rock, was once a popular destination for gangsters.

Pettey said after he heard about the attempted heist, he was able to catch up with the two men and recover Capone.

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The statue suffered $1,000 worth of damage, but Pettey said "he’s expected to make a full recovery."

Potter and Vaughn were reportedly charged with public intoxication and criminal mischief.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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When a “disgruntled customer” tried to take a gold chain from Daniel Setton’s jewelry store in Hollywood, Fla., earlier this month, Setton and his wife weren’t having it.

The elderly couple beat the man after he walked behind the counter. The fight can be seen in surveillance footage released by the policy on Wednesday.

Setton, 74, used Krav Maga, an Israeli self-defense and fighting technique he’d learned in the Israeli Army, he told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. His wife used a yardstick.

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“My wife, she was hitting me more than she was hitting him,” Setton told the outlet. “I was screaming: ‘Stop it. Stop it. Stop it.’”

The video, from March 2, shows a man with a tie-dyed shirt and colorful arm tattoos walking into DHS Oakwood Jewelers.

He can be seen setting down a chain and walking behind the counter, where Setton and two employees were sitting.

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“He bought a chain here, two or three months ago, and it broke and I said, ‘No problem, we’ll fix it for you,’” Setton told the Sun-Sentinel. “But he said, ‘No, I want a new one,’ and, ‘If you don’t give it to me, I’ll take it myself.’”

The video shows Setton going after the man and Setton’s wife quickly coming into the frame with a stick. She can be seen going behind the counter to join her husband in the fray.

After Setton had gotten a hold of the man and he stopped trying to fight back, the attempted thief can be seen picking up the chain he’d set down earlier and exiting he store, with Setton following.

“It wasn’t a robbery,” Setton said. “He was just a stupid, a stupid guy.”

According to the Sun-Sentinel, the jewelry store was robbed back in February. Almost $100,000 worth of jewelry was taken.

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A manhunt is underway in New York City after a brazen burglar used a fire escape to break into a Bronx apartment building where a 2-month-old baby was sleeping.

Police said the unidentified man broke into a 32-year-old man’s apartment in Riverdale through a window above the fire escape shortly after 8 p.m. Friday. He went into a bedroom where a baby was sleeping and quickly rifled through the room for any valuables.

He fled a short time later — emptyhanded — after apparently hearing the baby’s father in the living room, NBC New York reported.

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The NYPD released the terrifying video of the man scavenging around the baby’s bedroom.

But the burglar didn’t stop there. Cops say he next got into a 28-year-old woman’s apartment in the same building – on a different floor – also using a window above a fire escape.

Once inside, he stole the woman’s jewelry, a bicycle and a backpack, police said.

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Authorities said the man fled the area and has not been seen since. Witnesses are urged to call Crime Stoppers with tips.

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A suspected shoplifter was arrested Saturday after allegedly stealing a six-pack of beer, guzzling it down inside a Target dressing room and then walking out of the store with $200 in unpaid merchandise.

Police in Lathrop, California said Elysia Johnson walked into a local Target and filled a shopping cart with clothing and a six-pack of Stella Artois beer. She then locked herself inside one of the dressing rooms and spent more than an hour “drinking the six-pack.”

“After consuming the six beers, Johnson exited the store without paying for any of the times. She had over $200 worth of items in her possession,” police said in a Facebook post Sunday.

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The Target loss prevention officer detained Johnson until police arrived and she was arrested on a shoplifting charge.

Johnson also had three outstanding warrants: for petty theft, battery, and resisting, obstructing or delaying a peace officer, the Sacramento Bee reported.

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She is being held on $60,000 bail and is set to appear in court Tuesday.

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A Florida man who allegedly shot at police during a high-speed chase near Miami’s South Beach Friday faces charges of attempted murder, armed robbery and eluding police, according to reports.

The suspect, identified as 34-year-old Terence Daniel II, robbed a valet attendant at gunpoint, stealing about $1,500 before leaving in a Dodge Challenger, the Miami Beach News reported, citing the arrest report. Officers eventually spotted the Challenger, identified by the valet, and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, the report claimed.

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Daniel allegedly shot at officers through his windshield before speeding away. After driving into Miami, he reportedly bailed out of the car and barricaded himself in a shed. After setting up a perimeter and dispatching K-9 units to find him, police said they were able to negotiate to get Daniel out of the shed.

He was reportedly injured by a police dog when he failed to follow police commands and was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

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He is being held without bond at Miami-Dade County’s Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.

No one was reportedly struck by Daniel’s bullets, but at least one bullet hit a parked Porsche, according to the report.

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An 82-year-old gangster’s imminent release from prison is reigniting interest in the world’s biggest unsolved art heist.

Federal officials believe Robert “The Cook” Gentile has information about the $500 million heist in 1990 from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, but the almost-free wiseguy insists he knows nothing. He has been described as the last surviving person of interest in the case.

Gentile is scheduled to be sprung March 17 at the conclusion of a federal prison sentence for an unrelated weapons possession charge, according to the Associated Press.

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On March 18, 1990, thieves posing as cops cuffed two security guards and made off with 13 valuable works of art by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Manet and Degas worth more than half a billion dollars.

The paintings, which included Rembrandt’s only known seascape — Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee — and Vermeer’s The Concert have never been found.

In 2013, the feds searched Gentile’s home in Connecticut in 2012 and found a handwritten list of the stolen works and their estimated worth on the black market.

Prosecutors said a polygraph showed Gentile was almost certainly lying when he denied knowing where the paintings were.

These sketches, released by the FBI, show the two male suspects who authorities say stole an estimated $500 million in famous paintings from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on March 18, 1990. One was said to be wearing a fake mustache during the heist.

These sketches, released by the FBI, show the two male suspects who authorities say stole an estimated $500 million in famous paintings from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on March 18, 1990. One was said to be wearing a fake mustache during the heist.

Two years ago an independent art investigator told Fox News he was convinced the stolen artwork was in the possession of associates with the Irish Republican Army somewhere in Ireland.

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"I have been talking with several former IRA members — individuals I’ve built a trust with over the years," investigator Arthur Brand said. "I’m convinced they are there. The Ireland angle has been one of the most promising leads from the beginning."

The painting "Chez Tortoni" by Manet was one of 13 items stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990. The artworks have never been recovered.

The painting "Chez Tortoni" by Manet was one of 13 items stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990. The artworks have never been recovered.

The museum’s website tells the story of the heist.

“Today empty frames remain hanging in the museum as a placeholder for the missing works and as symbols of hope awaiting their return,” says one panel.

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There is also a $10 million reward for information leading directly to the recovery of the art.

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An Oklahoma man stole a Pepsi truck to look for his girlfriend earlier this week, authorities said.

Steven Hart, 45, is accused of stealing the truck around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday as the driver was unloading soda in the back, Tulsa police Officer Jeanne Pierce told the Tulsa World.

The driver jumped out of the back when he realized the vehicle was moving. A trail of soda spilled out as the truck drove off.

Both the driver and Hart’s girlfriend called police to report the theft, with his girlfriend telling officers that Hart stole the truck to search for her, Pierce said, according to the newspaper.

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“The back of the truck was still open, and the lift was down,” Pierce said. “One officer said he was following the trail of soda.”

Hart drove around Tulsa, leading police on a brief pursuit, police said, according to the paper.

Police said that when they caught up to the truck stopped in traffic, Hart jumped out and started to run off. The suspect was arrested as the rig rolled into the back of a school bus. No children were aboard.

Police also said Hart told them he was trying to get to the airport after an argument with his girlfriend.

No one was hurt, police said.

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Hart was being held in lieu of a $26,000 bond on pending charges that include larceny and attempted escape from the county jail as he was being booked.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A prosthetic arm was stolen after a suspect broke into the victim’s car last week in San Francisco, police said Tuesday.

The incident happened around 6 p.m. Saturday in an alley in the South of Market neighborhood, according to a report.

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A suspect had broken into the 41-year-old victim’s vehicle and stolen his prosthetic arm, which was the only item reported missing, police told San Francisco’s KPIX-TV.

Officials initially said it was a prosthetic leg that was stolen, but later made the correction, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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No arrests have been made as of Tuesday.

San Francisco police did not have a description of the suspect, San Francisco Weekly reported.

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A running club in Philadelphia helped chase down an alleged thief near the University of Pennsylvania during their midday run last month.

The Annenberg Lunchtime Running Group saw a "very fast man" sprint by them. He was fast, "probably running a 7:15 pace," group member Kyle Cassidy told Runners World.

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But they quickly realized the man, identified by police as Talib Adams, had allegedly stolen a phone and laptop, the report said.

“We all looked at each other and sprinted off after the first person,” Cassidy said. Other members in the running club gave chase.

The running group tracked the man down the streets of Philadelphia with their adept running skills.

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The chase ended when the suspect ran into the path of responding University of Pennsylvania officers.

“We heard the first officer yell to the other officers, ‘It’s a running club,’” Cassidy said. “‘This guy tried to run from the running club.’”

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