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  • f11photo/iStock/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) -- Masked robbers who struck a high-end jewelry and watch store at a luxury hotel in Las Vegas appear to have used sledgehammers to break into the shop's jewelry cases, authorities said.One suspect is in custody and the investigation is continuing following the robbery of the store at Bellagio Resort & Casino overnight on Friday, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police detectives said Saturday.Detectives also said earlier reports of shooting during the burglary were unfounded, and they now believe the sound of sledgehammers striking the jewelry cases were mistaken for gunfire.When police descended upon the resort and casino in response to the burglary, guests fled in panic from the property, flooding surrounding streets, amid false reports of an "active shooter."
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  • artolympic/iStock/Thinkstock(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) -- A toddler and an infant who were reported missing and endangered in North Carolina have been found stabbed to death, authorities said.Serenity Freeman, 2, and her 4-day old baby sister Genesis Freeman went missing in Fayetteville on Friday.On Saturday morning, detectives located the bodies of the two girls in the Raeford area in the woods about 200 yards from the road. The children had been stabbed multiple times, according to the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office.The children were at the center of a domestic-related incident between their father, Tillman Freeman, and his wife, who was at the hospital at the time the young girls are believed to have gone missing, according to the Fayetteville Police Department.Before the girls were found, Freeman was arrested and charged with two counts of child abuse and two counts of child endangerment on Friday, according to the Fayetteville Police Department. Police said he refused to provide any information on the whereabouts of his children.
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  • Photodisc/iStock/Thinkstock(JUPITER, Fla.) -- Talk about a fearless diver.Josh Eccles, a diver with Emerald Charter in Jupiter, Florida, was swimming in the Atlantic Ocean Wednesday when one of the lemon sharks passing by kept bumping into him."Every time it swam by me, it would bump into me a little more,” Eccles, who is in the water at least six times a week as part of his job with the scuba diving center, told West Palm Beach ABC affiliate WPBF. "They always bump into us but they don't bump into us that frequently."Eccles suspected something was amiss with the creature, so he took a closer look, which the shark didn't seem to mind."It would lift up its stomach and I noticed something, so I kind of poked at it a little, the little hook or something," he said.Showing no fear, Eccles decided to alleviate the shark's discomfort and remove the hook, which was about the size of his hand.
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  • verbaska_studio/iStock/Thinkstock(DULLES, Va.) -- The "Incognito Bandit" has been caught.The alleged elusive serial bank robber was arrested Friday night at Dulles International Airport in Virginia as he attempted to board a South Africa-bound flight, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston said Friday.Albert Taderera, 36, of Brighton, Massachusetts, was charged with the October 2016 robbery of a TD Bank branch in Wayland, Massachusetts.The U.S. Attorney's Office, citing court documents, said 16 banks were robbed between February 2015 and March 2017 in the greater Boston area allegedly by the "Incognito Bandit."The nickname "Incognito Bandit" is derived from the fact that the robber typically was disguised in a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark face mask/sunglasses, dark gloves and dark clothing.In most of the robberies, the robber displayed what tellers described as a black semi-automatic handgun.Earlier this month, police in Massachusetts say they determined that Taderera fit the general description of the individual responsible for the 16 robberies.The FBI then learned of his travel plans."On Thursday March 23, 2017, at approximately 10:15 pm, the FBI learned that Taderera had booked a flight, scheduled to leave on Friday, March 24, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., from Dulles International Airport to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia," the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a press release.But those plans changed.The release continues, "During the morning of Friday, March 24, 2017, Taderera was en route to Dulles having taken a flight out of Boston. It was later learned that Taderera had rebooked his flight and was now planning to leave on March 24, 2017, at 5:45 p.m. from Dulles to Johannesburg, South Africa."The charging statute provides for a sentence up to 25 years in prison, five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.Taderera is scheduled to appear in the U.S. District Court for the District of Eastern Virginia on Monday.It was unclear if he has an attorney.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Winchester Police Department(WINCHESTER, Va.) -- A 31-year-old man in Virginia was arrested and charged with wearing a mask in public Friday after he was spotted walking around dressed as the iconic comic book supervillain the Joker, police said.Police in Winchester -- located about 75 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. -- said the Winchester Emergency Communications Center received "several calls" around 2 p.m. on Friday of a suspicious male wearing a black cape and carrying a sword walking around the city.Jeremy Putman was charged with wearing a mask in public, a felony that could land him in jail for up to five years, the Winchester Police Department said in a statement.Police said they had received several similar reports over the last week, but they do not believe there are additional suspects.Although it may seem surprising that wearing a mask in public is a felony, police said it wants "to remind the community of the seriousness of the crime."According to Virginia Code 18.2-422, "It shall be unlawful for any person over 16 years of age, with the intent to conceal his identity, wear any mask, hood, or other device, whereby a substantial portion of the face is hidden or covered, so as to conceal the identity of the wearer, to be or appear in any public place, or upon any private property in this Commonwealth, without first having obtained from the owner or tenant thereof consent to do so in writing."Putnam is being held at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center on a $2,000 secured bond.It is unclear if he has an attorney.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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