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December 31, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
Police responding to a pre-dawn alarm Tuesday at the Nordstroms at the Westfield Santa Anita Mall in Arcadia found a smashed window and broken jewelry cases. Jewelry and designer women's handbags were missing, and the store's surveillance video showed three men wearing dark clothes filling bags with items from the shattered cases. The three fled through an emergency exit, setting off the alarm shortly after 4 a.m., Arcadia police said. Store officials estimated that $100,000 to $200,000 worth of jewelry had been stolen along with purses worth between $20,000 and $30,000.
December 30, 2013 | By Tim Traeger
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. The Los Angeles Police Department has issued an appeal in its efforts to locate jewelry made by Assemblyman Mike Gatto's father, Joseph Gatto, who was shot to death in his Los Feliz home. Investigators believe last month's slaying of the 78-year-old may have resulted from a home invasion robbery. They issued an alert earlier this month, seeking any of his jewelry that may have been purchased or sold by pawn shops, the Glendale News-Press reported.
December 23, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
A former executive with Tiffany & Co. has been sentenced to one year in federal prison for stealing jewelry worth $2.1 million from her employer and selling it. Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun, who worked 25 years at Tiffany and became its vice president of product development and design, pleaded guilty in July to interstate transport of stolen property. She admitted stealing about 165 pieces of jewelry, including diamond bracelets, diamond earrings, platinum diamond rings and platinum and diamond pendants.
December 22, 2013 | By Janet Kinosian
It's obvious when meeting designer Sage Machado for the first time that she is a force of nature. The multihyphenate clothing designer-perfumer-artist-entrepreneur closed her Los Angeles boutique of 20 years (whose customers included Julia Roberts, Madonna, Kate Hudson, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Alba) in April to focus on jewelry design, lifestyle consulting and "gem therapy. " Machado says she's been consulting with and making custom "healing jewelry" for clients for several years.
December 11, 2013 | By Kate Mather
INDIO - Doris Payne, the 83-year-old career jewelry thief whose worldwide exploits have grabbed international headlines, was ordered to stand trial Wednesday in her most recent case in Riverside County. Payne has been charged with second-degree burglary and grand theft after allegedly stealing a diamond-encrusted ring from a Palm Desert jewelry store Oct. 21. She has pleaded not guilty. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Richard A. Erwood ordered Payne back in court Dec. 26, and denied her attorneys' request to release her from custody.
December 5, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Detectives asked for the public's help Thursday in locating jewelry that may have been taken from the home of Joseph Gatto, the artist and father of a state assemblyman found shot to death in his Silver Lake home. Detectives are still trying to determine whether any jewelry was actually taken from the 78-year-old's home, LAPD Det. Chris Gable said, and are hoping to talk to anyone who may have acquired any custom-made pieces from someone other than Gatto himself. "[We're interested in whether]
November 24, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt
On the 10th anniversary of the year that Gabriela Artigas designed her first piece of jewelry - a cuff bracelet fashioned out of a boldly colored acrylic toothbrush, minus the bristles, which she purchased at the supermarket while studying fabric design in her hometown of Mexico City - the local brand has opened its first stand-alone studio in West Hollywood. Chelsea Handler, Carey Mulligan, Emma Roberts and Tyra Banks are just a few star fans of the label, which is designed and handcrafted in Los Angeles.
November 21, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
When Nino Mier spotted an unoccupied retail space a few doors down from Foodlab, the cafe he owns with his mother, he imagined it as a "not-so-general store. " He impulsively rented the storefront "without a concept," and that might be what makes the recently opened Max & Moritz home store so much fun. Mier, who developed the store with his mom, Esther Linsmayer, and longtime friend Ashley Bell, said he wanted the store to be like an apartment, with an eclectic mix of home goods, antiques, jewelry and gifts.  PHOTO GALLERY: Inside Max & Moritz His idea worked.
November 19, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A man posing as a representative of entertainer Nick Cannon is suspected of swindling jewelry worth tens of thousands of dollars from retailer Fred Segal in Santa Monica. Police said the store got a call from someone who said Cannon, husband of pop star Mariah Carey, needed jewelry, according to KABC-7 .  An employee then took thousands of dollars of jewelry to the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood and gave it to a man who was posing as Cannon's security guard. The "security guard" then disappeared, KABC-7 reported.
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