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May 5, 2013 | By Paul Pringle and Andrew Blankstein
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. A suspected burglar was shot and wounded by Los Angeles police in West Hills early Sunday morning after he pointed a gun at officers responding to a prowler call, officials said. The man was taken to a hospital and his condition was not immediately known, said Officer Cleon Joseph of the Los Angeles Police Department. No officers were hurt in the shooting, which occurred at 5:35 a.m. in the 7100 block of Woodlake Avenue , Joseph said.
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March 27, 2014 | By KTLA
A California Highway Patrol officer was injured Thursday during a pursuit that began in Downey and ended in East Los Angeles, officials said. Around 1 a.m. the Downey Police Department requested assistance from the CHP after a call about a residential burglary resulted in a pursuit, CHP Lt. Paul Medeiros told KTLA-TV . CHP officers pursued the Ford Econoline van on the 605 and 5 freeways and side streets for about an hour, Medeiros said. A crash occurred on Paramount Boulevard, nearing Slauson Avenue in Pico Rivera, when a CHP officer swerved to avoid hitting a third party not connected with the chase, Medeiros said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Authorities say they have broken up a burglary ring that targeted medical conferences at high-end Southern California hotels. Mayra Alejandra Gutierrez-Leon, 27 , and Eddwin Ricardo Bejaranobarrios , 26, both of Los Angeles, were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing electronics from conference attendees at hotels in Orange and Los Angeles counties, the Newport Beach Police Department said. When people at the conference were on a break, Gutierrez-Leon and Bejaranobarrios used a “distraction technique” to take bags that contained laptops, iPads and iPhones, said Jennifer Manzella of the Newport Beach Police Department in a prepared statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - Records for nearly 56,000 San Francisco patients, some with Social Security numbers, were stored in computers stolen last month from a medical billing firm in Torrance, said San Francisco's Department of Public Health on Friday. “We are working to ensure that all patients are notified and provided with resources to help them protect their privacy,” said Barbara Garcia, San Francisco's health director. Most of the San Francisco patients whose records were stolen were uninsured and visited the city's public health offices, including San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, between August 2012 and November 2013, the department said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - Records for nearly 56,000 San Francisco patients, some with Social Security numbers, were stored in computers stolen last month from a medical billing firm in Torrance, said San Francisco's Department of Public Health on Friday. “We are working to ensure that all patients are notified and provided with resources to help them protect their privacy,” said Barbara Garcia, San Francisco's health director. Most of the San Francisco patients whose records were stolen were uninsured and visited the city's public health offices, including San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, between August 2012 and November 2013, the department said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2013 | By David Ng
The Oakland Museum of California has suffered its second burglary in two months, with at least one thief making off with items including a valuable historic box. The missing box is a made of quartz and gold and dates from the Gold Rush era. An Oakland city official told the San Francisco Chronicle that the box, which features ornate decorations, might be worth more than $800,000. Oakland Museum officials said they are offering a $12,000 reward for the safe recovery of the box. A statement from museum director Lori Fogarty said the break-in "was a targeted and strategic theft, with the burglar targeting specific items and entering and exiting the Museum very quickly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, Kate Mather and Richard Winton
The kidnapping and sexual assault of a 10-year-old Northridge girl last week was believed to have begun as a "hot prowl" burglary, law enforcement sources said. Authorities did not immediately disclose how or why the March 27 incident escalated, though sources told The Times the "secondary suspect," Daniel Martinez, was not believed to have initiated the kidnapping or participated in the assault. Martinez, 29, of West Hills, was thought to be a getaway driver in what was supposed to be a burglary, the sources said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2013 | KTLA News
A 75-year-old grandfather faces several felony charges Wednesday after he was allegedly caught trying to break into a Hidden Hills home. Ronald Snyder, a husband, father and grandfather, was arrested Sunday after deputies responding to a 911 call said they found him armed with a gun, trying to force his way into a home. “He tried to draw his gun, but deputies were able to restrain him and handcuff him without further incident,” Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Robert Wiard said.
NATIONAL
March 2, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber
In an unusual twist, a former inmate and registered sex offender has been arrested on suspicion of sneaking into a New York jail. Matthew Matagrano, 36, allegedly posed as a Department of Corrections investigator to con his way into Rikers Island, where he roamed the jail for at least a week, the Associated Press reported. The motive wasn't immediately clear. Almost a decade ago, in the spring of 2004, the high-risk sex offender pretended to be a Department of Education official and sneaked into two schools in Queens, according to a statement released by the district attorney's office for the borough, after Matagrano pleaded guilty to attempted burglary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
An elderly man who was severely beaten in his Glendale apartment died Monday morning, authorities said. A grandchild of the 81-year-old man called police at 5:31 a.m. to say that his  "grandfather may have suffered a gunshot wound" and was bleeding, according to a news release from the Glendale Police Department. When officers arrived at the apartment in the 1800 block of West Glenoaks Boulevard they found the elderly man had been severely beaten but there was no evidence of a shooting, authorities said.
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March 19, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Samantha Schaefer, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Fourteen teens accused of throwing a clandestine party at an unoccupied La Habra Heights mansion -- and then looting it of everything from  collectible medieval armor to a mounted snow leopard -- are due in court Wedesday to face trespassing and burglary charges. The 9,000-square-foot home sustained more than than $1 million in losses and damage in the November incident, authorities said. Among the looted items were  collectible medieval armor, scuba gear, designer suits and the snow leopard, valued at $250,000.
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March 7, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Five suspected White Power gang members were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of breaking into Eastside High School in Lancaster and stealing more than $15,000 in property and causing about $22,000 in damage to classrooms. In a statement, Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators said they arrested David Van Rossum, 18, and four others between the ages of 15 to 17 on suspicion of burglary and felony vandalism. Rossum is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail. One 17-year-old juvenile was taken to Sylmar Juvenile Detention Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014 | By Tony Perry
A 28-year-old man and his 18-year-old nephew were arrested early Monday on suspicion of burglarizing a church in northern San Diego County, the Sheriff's Department said. Daniel Arango and his nephew Luis Arango were arrested on suspicion of breaking into the Apostolic Assembly of the Faith church in San Marcos, the Sheriff's Department said. Both are in county jail and face charges of burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and resisting arrest. They were arrested as deputies responded to a "burglary in progress" call shortly after midnight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2014 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND - This city's beleaguered Police Department entered 2013 in full defensive mode. The crime rate had soared. Staffing was off sharply. And memories of the heavy-handed police response to Occupy protests 14 months earlier - and the lawsuits it generated - remained fresh. Scrambling for a turnaround, elected leaders hired out-of-state consultants to overhaul policing strategy and launched the first new police academies in years to beef up the force. The federal judge overseeing a settlement agreement over racial profiling and the beating and framing of suspects named a compliance director, giving him near-total control over the department.
NATIONAL
January 7, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Before WikiLeaks, before Edward Snowden, and before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks turned most government offices into fortresses, there were eight people with suitcases who broke into an FBI office housed in a suburban apartment building. They knew the building superintendent would be preoccupied that night. Like millions of Americans on March 8, 1971, he was next to his radio, transfixed by the "Fight of the Century" between heavyweight champion Joe Frazier and challenger Muhammad Ali. They stuffed the luggage full of documents, which within days were slipped into large envelopes headed for the desks of journalists, politicians and activists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
A woman whose father repeatedly raped her as a child is expected to leave jail within days after a Los Angeles County judge sentenced her Friday to two years and eight months for helping gang members burglarize homes in Tujunga, authorities said. Tatiana Thibes, 33, was given credits of nearly three years for the time she spent behind bars awaiting trial and sentencing, clearing the way for her release. She faced a maximum prison term of more than 12 years. Thibes' case posed a thorny challenge for prosecutors and judges, who had to decide an appropriate sentence for someone who had committed serious crimes but who had also endured a horrific childhood.
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February 9, 1986 | United Press International
Authorities arrested more than 100 people in east Kingston in recent days in raids aimed at cracking down on a surge of burglaries in the Jamaican capital.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1987
The article written by Sigfredo A. Cabrera of the right-wing Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, arguing that the penalties for burglary should be increased, fails to properly inform readers of The Times of the penalties involved for burglary and related offenses. Before anyone tries to jump on this latest "get tough" bandwagon, the facts of existing punishment should be considered. Contrary to the picture Cabrera attempts to paint, the vast majority of burglaries are simple property offenses, involving somebody breaking into a house or business to steal something when nobody is there.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Keri Russell and husband Shane Deary are no more. The couple have split after nearly seven years of marriage. The breakup news comes on the heels of a burglary at the "Felicity" alum's New York apartment this week. Russell's rep announced the separation to People, which first reported the split. "They have been separated since early summer," the rep said . "The separation is amicable and their focus is on their children. " PHOTOS: Celebrity splits of 2013 Russell, 37, and Deary, a contractor, married on Valentine's Day in 2007.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
A Los Angeles County grand jury has indicted eight people in connection with a home burglary ring that targeted Los Angeles Times subscribers who were on vacation. The defendants are charged with multiple counts each of first-degree residential burglary, receiving stolen property and conspiracy.  Prosecutors say the group stole an estimated $1 million in dozens of burglaries in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. The 39-page indictment unsealed Friday by Los Angeles County Superior Judge Charlaine Olamedo names the defendants as Randal Joseph Whitmore, 44; Duane Vantuinen, 52; Joshua Ray Box, 44; Lorraine Marlene Vasquez, 41; Cory Mulligan, 22; Brian Thomas Duran, 42; Margaret Mary Susan High, 29; and Edwin Lynn Valentine, 53. The investigation started last year after a traffic stop on June 24, 2012, during which, police say, they discovered stolen property inside a car driven by Whitmore.
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