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FBI hunts Bad Beard Bandit; Claire Davis vigil held; Griffin High quarterback burglarized

Juliana Norwood | 12/20/2013, 12:19 p.m.

Arizona

An Arizona woman who made and used fake coupons to steal from Target stores for five years was arrested Friday in her Phoenix hotel room, police said. Terry Darcy, 51, had been the focus of an investigation that began six weeks ago after Target store analysts suspected Darcy was passing bogus, homemade coupons to get large amounts of goods for free. Detectives from the Phoenix Police Business and Economic Stability Team were notified. They immediately began gathering information and evidence, including receipts and video surveillance footage. The investigation showed more than $175,000 in losses to the business. The records also indicated Darcy may have been operating the alleged scam since 2008 and could have obtained more than $300,000 a year in fraudulent theft and returns, according to Phoenix police officer James Holmes. The suspect told detectives she has been running her operation for five years and that she has a $145-a-day heroin addiction, Holmes said. Through fraudulent returns alone, Darcy deprived the business of tens of thousands of dollars in revenue, Holmes said.

California

The Federal Bureau of Investigation says a man wearing a fake beard has robbed five northern California banks since Nov. 21. Dubbed the “Bad Beard Bandit,” due to his fake beard’s poor quality, the man is described as a stocky, White or Hispanic man in his late 20s or early 30s. The FBI says he’s known to wear blue jeans, ball caps, hoodies, jackets and, of course, the “bad” fake beard.

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Fake Beard Bandit

Investigators believe the man is connected to a Nov. 21 robbery at the Bank of the West branch on West Main Street, a Nov. 26 robbery at a Chase Bank in Manteca, two other Chase Bank robberies on Dec. 3 and 4 in Tracy and Dublin, and a Dec. 10 Citibank robbery on El Camino Real in Sunnyvale. He is said to be armed and dangerous, although no weapon was actually seen in any of the robberies.

Colorado

Friends of Claire Davis, the 17-year-old senior critically wounded in Friday’s shooting at a Colorado high school, are wondering why bad things happen to good people. Davis is in a struggle for her life at a hospital in Littleton, near Arapahoe High School, where a classmate shot her in the head. She remained in critical condition Sunday. Among those praying for Davis is the family of Karl Pierson,

the 18-year-old senior who police say shot her. In a statement released Monday afternoon, Barbara and Mark Pierson said Davis and her family “have suffered unimaginably, and we pray for her full recovery.” Police say Pierson was looking for revenge against a librarian, but couldn’t find the faculty member and killed himself as a school resource officer closed in. Davis was just a random victim, police surmised, and the gunman and victim didn’t even know each other.

District of Columbia

A federal budget compromise that already passed the House cleared a key procedural hurdle on Tuesday in the Senate, increasing the likelihood it will win final full Congressional approval this week. President Barack Obama has signaled his support for the plan worked out by the budget committee leaders in each chamber that would guide government spending into 2015 and defuse the chances of another shutdown such as the one that took place in October. Tuesday’s vote overcame a Republican filibuster attempt that required 60 votes in the 100-member chamber to proceed on the budget measure. The count was 67-33, with a dozen Republicans joining the 55 Democrats and independents in support of the plan. Final approval in the Senate requires a simple majority of 51 votes. The budget plan easily passed the House last week on a 332-94 vote.