CRIME: Two Thieves

In a filling station at Land O'Lakes, Wis. one night last week, Harlen Pitts, the 20-year-old attendant, turned to serve two men who had ordered gasoline. Something hard crashed against the back of his skull. Next thing he knew he was kneeling at a bench in the garage next door. Dizzily he tried to get up, discovered he could not. Something was holding his hands. He lost consciousness again.

The two men and $160 from the station's till were gone when his mother found Harlen Pitts still kneeling, one of his hands clamped in a...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!