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May 22, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
 A 51-year-old man who allegedly represented himself as a Disney family member was arrested in connection with stealing Disneyland passes in a felony burglary case, authorities said Wednesday evening. Stephen Urquidez allegedly had a fake driver's license identifying himself as "Stephen Disney" and false tax forms showing income from the Walt Disney Corp., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Urquidez gave Disneyland passes to woman he knew so she could donate them for a raffle for a nonprofit where she does volunteer work, department officials said in a statement.
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May 18, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies responding to a burglary call in a Rancho Palos Verdes neighborhood stumbled upon a $1-million marijuana-growing operation, authorities said. About 2:30 p.m. Thursday, deputies were dispatched to the neighborhood, where they surrounded a home, believing a burglary suspect could be inside, authorities said. A man, Tom Kim, 37, emerged from the house and was detained. After clearing the house, the deputies found an “elaborate marijuana grow operation,” according to authorities.
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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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April 30, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles police officer Brett Goodkin is about to make his big-screen debut, playing a bit role as a cop in "The Bling Ring," Sofia Coppola's movie about fame-obsessed San Fernando Valley youths who burgled the homes of celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. But as the director prepares to unveil the picture at the Cannes Film Festival, the LAPD investigator is hardly basking in the glory of his 15 minutes of fame. Instead, he's facing the imminent prospect of losing his job, as a disciplinary panel prepares to rule on the results of an internal investigation into his simultaneous involvement in the real-life case and the film.
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April 26, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A burglary suspect was taken into custody Friday morning after trying to evade police on a Venice rooftop . The incident began about 6 a.m. when officers responded to a report of a burglary suspect, said Los Angeles police spokesman Richard French. The man eventually made his way to the top of a three-story apartment building near the intersection of 6th and Vernon avenues. "He took off running," LAPD officer Mike Scott said. "We set up a perimeter, and he ended up on a roof.
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April 26, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A burglary suspect fled to a Venice rooftop Friday morning, prompting police to surround the building as the man took off his shirt and lay down as if to take a nap. Few details were immediately available about the incident, which Los Angeles police officer Mike Scott said began when the man was spotted leaving a house. "He took off running," Scott said. "We set up a perimeter, and he ended up on a roof. " That roof, Scott said, is near the intersection of 6th and Vernon avenues.
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April 24, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
When a  burglar pulled some pantyhose over his head and threw a rock into the window of Kent's Meat and Groceries in Northern California, Kent Pfrimmer saw $500 in damages. Rocky Slaughter of Sugar Pine Media saw a golden opportunity. The 25-year-old  advertiser took surveillance video of the rotund, would-be-thief's bumbling star turn, sped it up and turned it into a TV commercial complete with “Benny Hill” music. The tagline proclaims: “Kent's Meat and Groceries, award-winning New York style pastrami so good, some people will do just about anything to get more.” The commercial for the Redding deli was featured on national TV shows, including “Good Morning America” on Tuesday.
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April 11, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
He escaped civilization in 1986 but had to steal from it to survive: packaged food, clothes. Officials said locals used to put supplies out on their porches for him so at least the North Pond hermit wouldn't enter their homes. That must have been fine for him. Maine winters are unforgiving yet he seemed to fear attention more than the cold. He always traveled at night so no one would see him. He piled on sleeping bags instead of starting fires. It worked. He said he had not been sick in 27 years.
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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.
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April 3, 2013 | By Richard Winton, Kate Mather and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
With Tobias Summers still a fugitive, prosecutors Wednesday charged him with kidnapping a 10-year-old girl from her Northridge bedroom at knifepoint and then repeatedly sexually assaulting her during a 12-hour ordeal. Summers, 32, was charged in his absence with 36 counts of sexual assault as well as kidnapping and first-degree burglary, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. If convicted, he faces multiple life terms in prison. For the first time, the felony complaint details a violent episode for the girl.
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