Fort Lauderdale, Florida

From the Miami Herald of May 9, 2007

Armed store owner blasts jewel thieves

Two armed wanna-be jewelry thieves in Fort Lauderdale collected lead slugs instead of gems Wednesday morning after they faced-off against the store’s owner, who was packing a handgun, police said.

The gun battle, which took place shortly after 11 a.m. at Bentley’s 1900 Jewelers, 2753 E. Oakland Park Blvd., left the two bandits in critical condition, said Fort Lauderdale police spokeswoman Kathy Collins.

“The first bad guy got shot in the head and was stopped,” Collins said.

“The second bad guy tried to get away, despite being shot several times, but we caught him a few minutes later.”

Police are on the scene and are investigating.

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