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December 23, 1997 | CARLA HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Part of the $3 million in jewelry stolen last month in London from two executives of the Bijan store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills has been recovered and eight arrests have been made, according to a Scotland Yard official. "What we were told by Scotland Yard in a fax is that the majority has been recovered," said Bijan spokesperson Brett Neubig. The police have not identified for the jewelers which of the pieces have been recovered, Neubig said.
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July 14, 2001 | Earl Gustkey
Stephanie LaMotta tough? You could ask a would-be London mugger about that. One night in 1982, LaMotta walked out of a nightclub when a man approached and asked her for money. "The funny part is, I was going to give him some money," she recalled. "I said, 'Come over to my car and I'll write you a small check.' "Then he pulled out a knife. I said to him, 'I'm going to hurt you if you use that.' "He tried to stab me but I blocked the knife with my left hand, which he cut.
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NEWS
July 16, 1988 | From Reuters
Newlyweds Marylyn and Mark Allen went on their honeymoon with a crossbow and carried out about 100 robberies in three weeks, a court was told Friday. Their loot from hold-ups across 12 English counties totaled about $8,000. They used a crossbow and an air rifle to rob post offices and roadside cafes. Their luck ran out when a motorist tackled baby-faced Mark Allen, 22, who fired the crossbow at him. He was saved from serious injury because the arrow embedded in his wallet.
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May 4, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Fugitive Ronnie Biggs of Britain's notorious "Great Train Robbery" gang has told London police that he wants to return home after 35 years on the run. Biggs, now 71 and ailing, was part of a gang that stole $7.3 million--nearly $47 million in today's dollars--from a mail train Aug. 8, 1963. He escaped from prison in 1965 and underwent plastic surgery. He later settled in Brazil. Biggs' representative in London said the fugitive is prepared to turn himself in to authorities.
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May 4, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Fugitive Ronnie Biggs of Britain's notorious "Great Train Robbery" gang has told London police that he wants to return home after 35 years on the run. Biggs, now 71 and ailing, was part of a gang that stole $7.3 million--nearly $47 million in today's dollars--from a mail train Aug. 8, 1963. He escaped from prison in 1965 and underwent plastic surgery. He later settled in Brazil. Biggs' representative in London said the fugitive is prepared to turn himself in to authorities.
BUSINESS
May 3, 1990 | From Reuters
A mugger walked away with almost $500 million in negotiable securities Wednesday after holding up a messenger at knifepoint on a busy London street. But the Bank of England said his crime may never pay. It immediately warned financial institutions to be on their guard against attempts to cash in the certificates, whose numbers are registered. The messenger for Sheppards Money Brokers was robbed of certificates of deposit worth $200 million and Treasury bills worth $280 million.
NEWS
April 5, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A 50-year-old man was under arrest in Britain in connection with the theft of a World War II encoding machine, police said. The machine, used by the Nazis to send top-secret messages, was stolen over the weekend from the Bletchley Park estate northwest of London where the code was broken by a team of mathematicians, linguists and chess champions. The machine itself was not recovered. The suspect was being questioned, but charges had not been filed, police said.
NEWS
April 27, 1994 | Reuters
A truck driver stole six tons of silk boxer shorts worth nearly $400,000 Tuesday after producing a false collection note at a Heathrow Airport cargo area, police said.
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March 28, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Property crimes increased sharply in England and Wales last year, and the government scolded citizens for failing to keep a closer eye on their possessions. Without greater vigilance, it warned, the crime rate could soar to U.S. levels. The overall crime rate rose 17% in England and Wales in 1990. Ninety-four percent of the 4.5 million reported crimes were theft and other property offenses, the Home Office said.
NEWS
January 10, 1990 | Reuters
A British member of Parliament was cleared Tuesday of charges he stole underwear from his former mistress, but a court said he must pay compensation for smashing up her apartment after their relationship broke up. Opposition Labor Party legislator Ron Brown, dubbed by one of his own leaders as the "clown prince" of British politics, was fined $1,650 by a court in Lewes and ordered to pay $1,036 damages.
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November 19, 2000 | Associated Press
A man has been arrested for allegedly stealing a World War II-era encoding device from a museum and demanding ransom for the rare Enigma machine, British police said Saturday. Officers investigating the theft of the Enigma machine, used by the Nazis to encrypt top-secret messages, arrested Dennis Yates, 57, on Friday. Yates is charged with blackmail and handling stolen goods, Thames Valley police said.
NEWS
November 8, 2000 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They smashed into the Millennium Dome's "Money Zone" in an earthmover Tuesday and apparently planned to escape by speedboat along the River Thames with $500 million worth of diamonds and a claim to the world's biggest jewelry heist. Instead, thieves breaking into London's unpopular tourist attraction were surrounded by Scotland Yard police, many of them disguised as janitors and concealing their guns in trash bags.
NEWS
May 14, 2000 | Reuters
Two gates stolen from a Liverpool children's home immortalized in the Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever" have been recovered from a scrap metal yard, British police said Saturday. They were found a day after two thieves cut them down and loaded them into a van in full view of children playing on the Salvation Army home's grounds. The wrought-iron gates, which are 8 feet high and 10 feet wide, have now been returned to the home, near where the song's writer John Lennon grew up.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1997 | CARLA HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Part of the $3 million in jewelry stolen last month in London from two executives of the Bijan store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills has been recovered and eight arrests have been made, according to a Scotland Yard official. "What we were told by Scotland Yard in a fax is that the majority has been recovered," said Bijan spokesperson Brett Neubig. The police have not identified for the jewelers which of the pieces have been recovered, Neubig said.
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July 8, 1995 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an action that prompted charges of racism Friday, London's police commissioner asserted that most muggings in the British capital are committed by young black men. Paul Condon, the head of Britain's largest police force, declared that street muggings have soared here in the last five years from 13,000 to 23,000. And in a letter to 40 black community leaders, he broke a taboo in which the police do not single out any ethnic group as being the chief perpetrators of crime.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1994 | TAMMY HYUNJOO KRESTA
A man suspected of robbing a drug store of condoms and prescription drugs and threatening a pharmacist with what appeared to be a hand grenade was arrested Thursday at Heathrow Airport in England, police said. Eric Cooper Clark, 30, of Irvine apparently tried to flee from airport authorities after a routine check on his identification revealed that he was wanted in connection with the robbery, said Officer Mike Corcoran, a spokesman for the Huntington Beach Police Department.
NEWS
August 14, 1987
Four men were charged in connection with last month's robbery of an estimated $47 million in cash, jewelry and silver from a London safe deposit center. Scotland Yard gave that revised estimate of the value of the robbers' haul, up from the original figure of $32 million. The new estimate makes the July 12 robbery of the Knightsbridge Safe Deposit Center the biggest ever in Britain, surpassing the $41.6 million taken at Heathrow Airport in 1983.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1991
A 65-year-old Sherman Oaks man became a crime victim twice in one day in Liverpool, England, when muggers beat him and left him unconscious, then a man who came to his aid robbed him of $1,200, police said Monday. Anthony Wilcox was visiting Liverpool when muggers dragged him into an alley, broke his nose and stole his $10,000 Cartier watch, police said.
NEWS
April 27, 1994 | Reuters
A truck driver stole six tons of silk boxer shorts worth nearly $400,000 Tuesday after producing a false collection note at a Heathrow Airport cargo area, police said.
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