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March 26, 1993 | THUAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Morey was panicked as he dialed 911 and told the dispatcher an intruder was lurking somewhere in the house in the pre-dawn darkness Thursday. That's when he heard the low, guttural growl, turned and confronted his visitor--a large bobcat that sat staring at him from the kitchen counter. The 25-pound lynx had strayed from the hills into Morey's back yard in the 3000 block of Eminencia Del Sur, a newly developed neighborhood.
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October 28, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
The animated fugitive hero of "Puss in Boots" will run away with the box-office crown this weekend. The 3-D film about a swashbuckling cat burglar is expected to gross about $40 million this weekend, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. Distributor Paramount Pictures is anticipating a softer launch of about $35 million. The two other films premiering in wide release are likely to have far more modest debuts. "In Time," a sci-fi action film featuring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried, should start off with about $13 million in ticket sales.
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NEWS
October 18, 1996
A man suspected of being a cat burglar who stole millions of dollars in silver from Bruce Springsteen, Ivana Trump and other celebrities has been arrested at a shopping mall, carrying a directory of the rich and famous in America. Blane David Nordahl is suspected in burglaries up and down the East Coast, including one in which 120 pairs of silver salt-and-pepper shakers were taken from Trump's home in Greenwich. Police wouldn't say what was stolen in the other burglaries.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2011 | By Elizabeth Wickham
One day after school, Billy found an empty kennel. "Doggin!" Billy called. He had to find Doggin before Granny did. Billy ran to Mrs. Fixie's house. "That hound of yours was here," Mrs. Fixie said. "Look at my flower garden!" Billy's stomach hurt. "Please don't tell Granny. I'll plant some flowers. " "My leather gloves are missing, too. I bet Doggin took them!" "I'm sorry, but do you know where Doggin went?" "He headed for the Sanchezes'. " "Oh, Doggin!"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1985 | Robert Hanley
Despite nearly a dozen police stakeouts, an elusive cat burglar who appears to concentrate on the homes of single women continues to elude Newport Beach. According to Detective Dan Holub of the Newport Beach Police Department's burglary detail, the thief is wanted for 34 burglaries and six prowling incidents reported since mid-May. In all but six cases, he said, the victims have been women who live alone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1986 | STEVE EMMONS, Times Staff Writer
A sophisticated cat burglar has struck 14 homes on luxurious Lido Isle since January, carrying away as much as a quarter-million dollars in jewelry, according to Newport Beach police. Investigators say the burglar always enters through unlocked second-story windows or sliding glass doors that are relatively easy to reach from the ground. He strikes in the evening when residents are downstairs eating dinner or watching television.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2009 | Michael Ordona
Sure it's torture porn but with a twist. And that's enough to label "The Collector" different from the other slabs of meat hanging in the horror film locker. The film enjoys an actual plot. A good-hearted cat burglar is forced to steal from a wealthy family he has come to like. Once in their house, however, he stumbles on an elaborate serial killing in progress -- a masked villain is horribly torturing captured family members.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
The animated fugitive hero of "Puss in Boots" will run away with the box-office crown this weekend. The 3-D film about a swashbuckling cat burglar is expected to gross about $40 million this weekend, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. Distributor Paramount Pictures is anticipating a softer launch of about $35 million. The two other films premiering in wide release are likely to have far more modest debuts. "In Time," a sci-fi action film featuring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried, should start off with about $13 million in ticket sales.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1985
Cat Burglar Strikes: More than 20 Mission Viejo homes between Jeronimo and Trabuco roads near Alicia Parkway have been burglarized late at night in the past 2 1/2 weeks, authorities said. "Apparently, we're dealing with a cat burglar who goes into houses just for the money," said Lt. Bob Rivas of the Sheriff's Department. Investigators said victims' purses usually have been found elsewhere, emptied of cash but not credit cards.
NEWS
March 9, 1992 | Davan Maharaj
INTRUDERS: Crime continues to be a big worry among seniors, even in gated communities. . . . The recent killing of a man in Leisure World in Seal Beach has residents there rattled. And a cat burglar who's pulled nearly a dozen jobs inside the Laguna Hills complex has homeowners plotting traps. . . . "Some residents are afraid of this masked man, but we are going into a full-court press against this crook," said Sherwood Heiser, president of the homeowners' association.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2009 | Michael Ordona
Sure it's torture porn but with a twist. And that's enough to label "The Collector" different from the other slabs of meat hanging in the horror film locker. The film enjoys an actual plot. A good-hearted cat burglar is forced to steal from a wealthy family he has come to like. Once in their house, however, he stumbles on an elaborate serial killing in progress -- a masked villain is horribly torturing captured family members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Serial burglar Ignacio Pena Del Rio gave up his tools of the trade, and on Tuesday had six months shaved off his prison sentence. Pena Del Rio, known as one of Los Angeles' most industrious and prolific cat burglars until his arrest in 2006, agreed to authorities' unusual request. He starred in a 70-minute video in which he disclosed all his techniques for a Los Angeles Police Department training video.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2006 | Steve Harvey, Steve Harvey can be reached at (800) LATIMES, Ext. 77083; by fax at (213) 237-4712; by mail at Metro, L.A. Times, 202 W. 1st St., L.A. 90012; and by e-mail at steve.harvey@latimes.com.
Last week, I gave a stupid-criminal-trick award to the suspected cat burglar who fled the scene of his crime in Rancho Cucamonga, leaving behind his car -- with his wallet inside. But it gets better. Officers couldn't find the suspect, Robert Tharen Murray, 22, of Colton, at least not until he showed up at sheriff's headquarters in San Bernardino and reported his car stolen, the Inland Valley Bulletin said. The good news for him was that his car hadn't been stolen.
NEWS
January 9, 2003 | Lynne Heffley
Country Baby! MoPo Home Entertainment VHS: $14.99 Ages 4 months to 3 years www.countrybabyvideo.com Another entry in the infant-video genre featuring bright colors, puppets, toys, real babies, animals and outdoor scenes, this time with a country flavor. Vignettes designed to catch babies' attention are accompanied by quiet country-folk instrumentals, from "Old MacDonald" to "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." * What Kind of Cat Are You?! Bang-a-Bucket Music CD: $16. Ages 3 to 8 (800) 669-4057 www.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1999 | SUE FOX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This burglar works the turf described by a line so often seen in San Fernando Valley real estate ads: "South of the Boulevard." That's Ventura Boulevard, as in the pricey Encino hills. A burglar who specializes in the upscale hillside area between the San Diego Freeway and White Oak Avenue has hit as many as 39 homes since September, making off with an estimated $500,000 in jewelry and cash, police say.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1996 | J.R. MOEHRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rest easy, the Goldilocks Bandit is behind bars. The most lethargic burglar in Huntington Beach foiled himself Sunday night when he tried, mid-burglary, to steal a nap. Police say Juan Tamalatxe, 38, of Huntington Beach broke into one of the Mora Kai apartments at 18881 Mora Kai Lane sometime Sunday afternoon. While inside the apartment, Tamalatxe apparently heard someone coming and scurried under the bed, police say.
NEWS
January 9, 2003 | Lynne Heffley
Country Baby! MoPo Home Entertainment VHS: $14.99 Ages 4 months to 3 years www.countrybabyvideo.com Another entry in the infant-video genre featuring bright colors, puppets, toys, real babies, animals and outdoor scenes, this time with a country flavor. Vignettes designed to catch babies' attention are accompanied by quiet country-folk instrumentals, from "Old MacDonald" to "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." * What Kind of Cat Are You?! Bang-a-Bucket Music CD: $16. Ages 3 to 8 (800) 669-4057 www.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1986
Since January, a cat burglar has been looting homes on exclusive Lido Isle in Newport Beach. But after 14 burglaries, all police know is that about a quarter-million dollars in jewelry has been taken and that the thief is probably a small man. "He's been pretty successful," Detective Dan Holub said. "He's not ransacking. He's very neat. "This guy is so neat, a lot of the victims don't discover the crime until maybe the next day."
NEWS
October 18, 1996
A man suspected of being a cat burglar who stole millions of dollars in silver from Bruce Springsteen, Ivana Trump and other celebrities has been arrested at a shopping mall, carrying a directory of the rich and famous in America. Blane David Nordahl is suspected in burglaries up and down the East Coast, including one in which 120 pairs of silver salt-and-pepper shakers were taken from Trump's home in Greenwich. Police wouldn't say what was stolen in the other burglaries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1996 | LORI HAYCOX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They take their crime seriously here. So seriously, in fact, that for six straight nights, undercover police officers--some wearing night-vision goggles--have hit the streets in unmarked cars and on bikes to catch a cat burglar who has stolen less than $100 in cash from two homes in the South Highlands neighborhood. In most cities, adding four more officers to a special detail might be no big deal. But in tiny Los Alamitos, it amounts to a doubling of the normal patrol.
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