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Photos: Outlaw John Dillinger captured in Tucson in 1934
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Photos: Outlaw John Dillinger captured in Tucson in 1934

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87 years ago on Jan. 25, 1934, John Dillinger and his crew of criminals — Charley Makley, Russell Clark and Harry Pierpont — were captured in Tucson following a string of jail breaks and robberies in the Midwest. 

On Jan. 23, 1934, Makley and Clark were staying at Hotel Congress when a fire broke out. The duo asked firefighters to retrieve their bags from one of the upper floors. But the firefighters later recognized Makley and Clark and notified police. 

Dillinger and Clark were arrested at a home near the University of Arizona. Makley was arrested downtown at what was once the Grabe Electric Company. And Pierpont was captured after being lured to the local police station under false pretenses.

More about the capture: Here are 10 fast facts

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