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March 15, 1992 | MAYERENE BARKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A parolee who picked the wrong house to burglarize was back in jail Saturday, probably lamenting his bad luck, Los Angeles police said. Entering a Van Nuys house when the occupants were at home was just his first mistake, police said. His second was trying to outrun a teen-age boy who excels in athletics. And if those miscalculations weren't enough, the man's luck got even worse when a bungee-cord enthusiast happened on the scene.
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April 20, 1994
A $25,000 reward was posted for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects in the slaying of an elderly Studio City man, Los Angeles City Councilman John Ferraro said Tuesday. Rupert Thompson, 73, was severely beaten before he was shot during a nighttime burglary at his home Jan. 26. His wife, Dorothy, 70, survived a gunshot wound to the chest. She tearfully told reporters that she woke up to the sound of breaking glass shortly after 1 a.m.
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April 16, 1996 | STEVE RYFLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A man convicted of breaking into the homes of 13 teenage girls and stealing their underwear was sentenced Monday to 14 years in prison without the possibility of parole. Luis Castellanos, 21, of Montebello, who took underwear from the homes of young members of a soccer team he once coached, was unrepentant to the end. "He still denies the offense," said his lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Grady Russell. "The case is bizarre, to say the least. The easiest thing to do is to say he had a fetish.
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September 1, 1991
Eight rare guns were stolen from a museum at William S. Hart Park in Newhall, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Saturday. Deputies noticed the guns were missing at about 5:45 a.m. while responding to a museum burglar alarm at 24151 San Fernando Road near Newhall Avenue, Sheriff's Sgt. Dave Taplin said. The guns, which were taken from a gun cabinet, were described as "irreplaceable" by museum staff, Taplin said.
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January 8, 1991 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A violent city became even more violent during 1990, as murder and robbery in Los Angeles increased at double-digit rates, according to statistics released Monday by Police Chief Daryl F. Gates. The number of rapes, which actually had dropped in 1989, climbed again, slightly, in 1990. Aggravated assaults increased by about 3%. Perhaps the most optimistic news from the summary of crime reports between Jan. 1, 1990, and Dec.
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April 18, 1991 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One day after he was charged with burglary for breaking into a West Hills pharmacy, actor Adam Rich was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting at a Northridge department store, Los Angeles police said Wednesday. Rich, 22, who played Nicholas, the youngest child on the television series "Eight is Enough," was arrested Tuesday afternoon as a suspect in the theft of sunglasses and a pair of socks from Bullock's at Northridge Fashion Center, Lt. Harvie Eubank said.
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March 30, 1996 | TINA DAUNT
Melody Doff's family history was crammed into a little red trunk in the garage of her Los Angeles apartment. There were more than 1,000 photos in all, among them pictures of her grandfather--who owned the Mocambo nightclub--with Frank Sinatra and Lena Horne. There were snapshots of her mom with her first husband, bobby-soxer heartthrob Johnnie Ray, and pictures of her movie producer dad with Mickey Rooney. But now the trunk is, well, history.
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November 2, 1996 | JOHN M. GONZALES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 84-year-old aunt of a prominent Van Nuys Municipal Court judge was beaten to death after returning from the store and surprising thieves who had broken into her home, authorities said Friday. The body of Grace Perrin was discovered by a neighbor Thursday at about 4:30 p.m. near the back door of her small, well-kept house in the 14400 block of Miranda Street in Van Nuys.
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July 9, 1988 | EDWIN CHEN
The butler didn't do it. With that Los Angeles County Superior Court jury verdict, Rune Gunnar Donell was exonerated Friday on criminal charges of stealing a valuable oil painting from the Bel-Air chateau of his longtime employers, Howard and Elizabeth Keck. Elizabeth Keck, now estranged from her husband, had alleged that Donell stole the painting and sold it in his native Sweden for $500,000.
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September 13, 1994 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A string of late-night burglaries in Northridge has prompted police to warn residents to lock their doors and windows before going to bed. They hope that cooling temperatures may take care of the problem. The Los Angeles Police Department does not believe the burglaries were committed by the same person, but robbery detectives said several similarities among the crimes led them to believe the break-ins may be connected.
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