Larry Brown's West Knoxville, Tenn., pet store had been
robbed once every six months or so in the five years he'd owned it,
and he was tired of the losses, which had added up to more than
$20,000. So he started sleeping in the back of the store, an effort
which paid off when he collared a youth who confessed to more than a
dozen burglaries. When confronted with the sight of Brown's gun the
criminal "went into convulsions he was so scared," the store owner
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