Real Names: Gary and Theodore Noble
Aliases: Larry Juster (Gary)
Wanted For: Burglary, Armed Robbery
Missing Since: 1997
Details: On the morning of February 12, 1996, at around 7AM, Becky Wood of Akron, Ohio, was asleep in bed when her husband left for work. Just moments later, two masked men broke into the home. The two seemed to know exactly what they were looking for. The intruders entered Becky's bedroom, pulling her out of her bed at gunpoint. They demanded the combination to the family safe. At the time, Becky's granddaughter was asleep next to her, so she hid her under a blanket so the men would not know that she was there. There were three other children asleep in the house.
Becky was taken to the downstairs kitchen by one of the assailants, where she tried to explain that she did not know the combination. This only made the man even more angry and he tied her up with duct tape. Sounds of ransacking came from upstairs, where the second intruder was raiding Becky's dresser of jewelry. That's when Becky's nine-year-old grandson Matthew wandered into the room. The intruder threw him to the floor, tied him up, and placed a garbage bag over his head.
Becky was then bound and rolled up in a rug, and as she laid on the ground, she heard the family safe being dragged across the floor. The men then placed the safe in her car and drove away. Afterwards, one of Becky's grandchildren woke up and freed her and Matthew. Becky then discovered that the men had sliced all of the phone lines and alarms, so she had neighbors call the police.
Along with stealing Becky's car, the two men made off with $20,000 in jewelry and another $18,000 in cash that was in the family safe. Later that afternoon, Becky's '91 Lincoln was found at a nearby car wash. The safe, empty of money, was found a week later. As police began to review the case, they realized that the two intruders knew too much to be just total strangers. The Wood family gave police a list of names of everyone they knew; co-workers, friends, acquaintances, anyone that had knowledge about the items in their house.
Then, when Becky's jewelry was found at a pawn shop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, investigators believed that it had been sold by a man named Larry Juster. State computers revealed a photograph which was sent to Ohio, where Becky's daughter identified the man in the photo as Gary Noble. Gary, along with his brother Ted, had worked at the Wood home eight months before the robbery. The two men also were on the list that the Woods had given to police. When Ted and Gary Noble discovered that police were closing in on them, they fled Ohio and have not been seen since. Authorities tracked the Nobles as far south as Houston, Texas, but they remain at large, and are considered armed and dangerous. A $5,000 reward is being offered in the case.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the March 14, 1997 episode.
Results: Captured. On Tuesday, August 26, 1997, little over a month after the UM segment was re-aired, the brothers were sighted by viewers in Nashville, Tennessee. Gary Noble was doing construction on the new football stadium in town. The Tennessee Violent Crimes Task Force responded to the site and saw Gary driving away in a vehicle. When the agent turned around to follow Noble, he lost him in traffic. He alerted the rest of the task force, who again found him in traffic in an area where the brothers frequented. By this time, Ted was also in the car. The brothers attempted a car chase, but were caught at the Interstate 265 exit ramp.
They pleaded guilty to charges of theft, burglary, robbery, and tampering with evidence. Both received 3 to 15-year sentences. They both have served their time in prison and have been released.
In 2011, Gary Noble was arrested and charged in the shooting death of Mark Shafer. Mark was killed in his home during a robbery gone wrong. Noble pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to twenty-three years in prison.