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December 27, 2018

ATTEMPTED TOOL THEFT

Customers draw guns on men attempting to steal tools

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say two men were surrounded by customers with guns while attempting to steal tools from a Washington store.

The Daily Herald reports the men, ages 22 and 23, allegedly took four nail guns, each worth more than $400, from the Coastal Farm & Ranch store Saturday in Marysville.

The men walked out of the store and got into a Honda Civic, only to be surrounded by about six customers with guns raised.

Court documents say the driver pulled forward, causing one man confronting him to land on the hood. Another customer shot at the driver’s side front tire, while a third fired twice at the rear tire.

Marysville police found the theft suspects’ car unoccupied about three blocks away, with two flat tires and the tools inside. Both men were apprehended after a search.

CITY BUS-JOYRIDE

Joyrider steals New York City bus, goes undetected for hours

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a joyrider sneaked off with an empty New York City bus and took it on an hourslong adventure from the Bronx to Queens and back.

Police say they’re searching for a suspect in Sunday’s brazen heist, which was starting to gain attention after the Christmas holiday. Police say the bus was stolen around 7:40 p.m. Sunday near the Crossings Mall in the Bronx.

GPS data shows it went to Queens before it was found a few blocks from where it was originally parked around 4 a.m. Monday, more than eight hours later.

Police say the public agency that operates city transit didn’t report the bus stolen until after it was already found.

The agency, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, declined to comment, citing the ongoing police investigation.

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