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March 17, 1995
Los Angeles has put some teeth in an ordinance that made it illegal to steal bottles, cans and other items from the city's curbside recycling bins. The City Council voted Wednesday to spend $64,000 to step up enforcement of the city's anti-scavenging ordinance, earmarking $15,000 for a police crackdown in the West San Fernando Valley and setting aside $49,000 for a possible expansion of the police patrols citywide.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - One person is dead and another was wounded after an attempted armed robbery at a medical marijuana dispensary in the North Park neighborhood, police said Friday. The shooting occurred around 12:30 p.m. Two suspects left in a Mercedes-Benz. Initial reports say a security guard shot and killed one robber but was wounded. He was taken to a local trauma center.   ALSO: Drought covers 100% of California for first time in 15 years Sword-swinging man shot by officers in South L.A., police say School bus driver may not have hit brakes before crash, CHP says   Twitter: @LATsandiego tony.perry@latimes.com
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OPINION
March 25, 2014
Re "Where did all the bandits go?," March 22 Funny how things change. In 1963, people robbed banks. In 2014, banks rob people. The times, they are a-changin'. Bella Silverstein Santa Clarita So, there's a dramatically lower incidence of bank robberies in Southern California? Perhaps because traffic in Los Angeles is so congested, the would-be robbers know they can't get away from the crime scene by car. Toby Horn Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: Don't let political donors hide Letters: Keep fossil fuels in the ground Letters: Employers are deportation enablers
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | By Scott Glover
An employee in the office of Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery in San Bernardino County, according to a media report. The woman was arrested after deputies served a search warrant on the home she shares with her husband, who was implicated in the robbery of a smoke shop in Hesperia along with another man, according to a report by KABC-TV (Channel 7 ). A sheriff's spokesperson on duty Friday evening was unable to confirm the report for The Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
Two men and a woman have been charged in connection with a string of robberies in the Antelope Valley in 2011 and 2012, authorities said Saturday. The suspects - Marcus Robinson, 24, Mehealani Austin, 25, and Brooke Hollins, 22 - were arrested Wednesday in Palmdale and charged with more than 70 counts of armed robbery, kidnap for robbery and assault with a firearm, among other charges, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. During the incidents, the robbers wore masks and forced business employees into back rooms to open safes, a department press release said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Kate Mather
Police are scouring social media in their investigation of a roving band of youths that hit Hollywood Boulevard in a two-hour robbery rampage, according to multiple sources familiar with the investigation. Investigators are examining whether Tuesday night's events were planned or promoted via Twitter, the sources said. Police believe at least 40 people were involved in the rampage, which prompted at least eight robbery calls beginning about 8:30 p.m. Many suspects were apprehended in minutes, but others took off running down Hollywood streets, splintering into smaller groups and later regrouping.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
For decades, Southern California was the undisputed capital of bank robbery. When five Bank of America branches were robbed in under an hour, an FBI agent shrugged and called it "just another day in L.A. " It was fodder for national news and Hollywood scripts, and the FBI field office had "Bank Robbery Capital of the World" emblazoned on its fax cover sheets. In 1992, the worst year, as many as 28 Los Angeles banks were robbed in a single day. Then the number of robberies began falling, part of an overall trend that has seen crime rates plummet across the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber and Kate Mather
It was about 8:30 p.m. when Jose Rosales noticed several people running by his Hollywood Boulevard shop. When he went to check what was going on, he saw a teenage boy shoving a wad of T-shirts into a backpack. Rosales sensed that something was wrong and immediately started to lock up the camera and musical instrument shop for the night. "I just saw people run up and down the boulevard in groups and police followed them," he said. CRIME DATABASE: Track crime in Hollywood As he locked up the store Tuesday night, he noticed some of the teenagers peeking into his storefront - cameras, electric guitars and stereo systems line the walls.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- An admitted bank robber whose modus operandi was so nonchalant that he was dubbed the "Ho-Hum Bandit" by the FBI pleaded guilty Tuesday to seven more bank robberies. Adam Lynch, 34, an Irish immigrant who once ran a dog-washing business in Corte Madera in Northern California, entered his plea in San Diego federal court. Last year, he was convicted of four counts for bank robberies in Denver and Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was sentenced to five years and four months in prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2013 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
The bank heist crew didn't carry demand notes or confront tellers. The robbers' tools of choice included power saws, hand-held radios and ladders. They allegedly walked away with at least $6 million by cutting through the rooftops of San Gabriel Valley banks under the cover of darkness, according to law enforcement authorities. Once inside, the men used power tools to break into concrete vaults, then fled with bags of cash. FOR THE RECORD: Bank heists: An article in the April 11 LATExtra section about a series of nighttime heists at San Gabriel Valley banks described the crimes as robberies and the criminals as robbers.
OPINION
March 25, 2014
Re "Where did all the bandits go?," March 22 Funny how things change. In 1963, people robbed banks. In 2014, banks rob people. The times, they are a-changin'. Bella Silverstein Santa Clarita So, there's a dramatically lower incidence of bank robberies in Southern California? Perhaps because traffic in Los Angeles is so congested, the would-be robbers know they can't get away from the crime scene by car. Toby Horn Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: Don't let political donors hide Letters: Keep fossil fuels in the ground Letters: Employers are deportation enablers
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2014 | By Howard Blume
Robbery suspects fleeing Montclair police crashed their car Sunday, and one of the suspects was killed, officials said. The incident began about 5:20 p.m. after officers arrived at a Target store to investigate a report of a robbery in progress, Montclair police said.  They saw a man hurriedly leave the store "through a fire exit with two large TVs," according to a statement from the police.  The man ran to a waiting vehicle, a 2004 green...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
For decades, Southern California was the undisputed capital of bank robbery. When five Bank of America branches were robbed in under an hour, an FBI agent shrugged and called it "just another day in L.A. " It was fodder for national news and Hollywood scripts, and the FBI field office had "Bank Robbery Capital of the World" emblazoned on its fax cover sheets. In 1992, the worst year, as many as 28 Los Angeles banks were robbed in a single day. Then the number of robberies began falling, part of an overall trend that has seen crime rates plummet across the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Anh Do
A man known as the "Snowboarder Bandit" was sentenced Friday to two years in state prison for robbing nine Orange County banks -- adding to the time he received last month of seven years and eight months in Riverside County. Michael Brandon Franks of Riverside will serve the terms consecutively. He pleaded guilty last year in Orange County to a court offer to 10 felony counts of second-degree robbery and two felony counts of attempted second-degree robbery. Then in February, Franks, 31, also pleaded guilty in Riverside County to four felony counts of burglary, three felony counts of robbery and two felony counts of attempted robbery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A man shot and killed by sheriff's deputies Thursday night after holding up a woman in her home near West Covina and then attempting to flee had a woman and a child in his getaway car, authorities said. The man, who was not immediately identified, tried to rob the woman at gunpoint sometime before 5 p.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said, but deputies were called to the scene by her son, who said a black car was waiting outside. When deputies arrived, the black car was already speeding toward them and a chase ensued, the Sheriff's Department said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
Two men and a woman have been charged in connection with a string of robberies in the Antelope Valley in 2011 and 2012, authorities said Saturday. The suspects - Marcus Robinson, 24, Mehealani Austin, 25, and Brooke Hollins, 22 - were arrested Wednesday in Palmdale and charged with more than 70 counts of armed robbery, kidnap for robbery and assault with a firearm, among other charges, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. During the incidents, the robbers wore masks and forced business employees into back rooms to open safes, a department press release said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1987
A Lomita woman asleep in her home on 248th Street, and a convenience store clerk several blocks away, were both robbed at knifepoint this weekend. Authorities believe that the robberies were related. Lomita sheriff's deputies said the robber escaped with $1,520 in cash, $1,370 of it from the first victim, Rebecca Magdaleno, 33. Magdaleno was awakened at 10:15 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1989
A Studio City man will be arraigned today in South Bay Municipal Court on charges that he robbed 23 fast-food businesses, including 12 in the South Bay, in a three-month spree that ended with his capture last month in East Los Angeles. Deputy Dist. Atty. Julie Sulman said Gary Williams, 33, was arrested and charged with robbery after a passer-by allegedly saw him hold up a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet March 16. On Wednesday, the district attorney's office filed 28 additional counts in South Bay Municipal Court for robberies that netted between $100 and $4,500 each, Sulman said.
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February 6, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Over the centuries, Stradivarius has become the standard for the best in stringed instruments. With the recovery of a stolen 300-year-old Strad violin, a Milwaukee musician will once again be able to make sweet music. The instrument, known as the Lipinski Strad after a famed Polish virtuoso who owned it in the 19th century, was stolen Jan. 27 during the armed robbery of Frank Almond, the concertmaster for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Almond had just finished a concert when he was attacked by someone who used a stun gun and who seized the instrument, worth an estimated $5 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Los Angeles police are asking for the public's help in locating a female bank robber who authorities believe is connected to at least six robberies. Robbery-homicide detectives say that last week, the woman entered a bank in the 100 block of North La Cienega Boulevard, near the border of Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and Beverly Grove. After presenting a teller with a handwritten demand note, the woman brandished a handgun and demanded money, according to the LAPD. The woman took the money and left the bank in an unknown direction.
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