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March 26, 1987 | Associated Press
An Englishman wanted by Scotland Yard for questioning in Britain's biggest gold heist was deported to London on Wednesday after losing a seven-month legal battle to stay out of his homeland. John Robert Fleming had been fighting to go to a third country since Costa Rican officials forced him aboard a plane bound for Miami in August. He lost his final legal fight Wednesday night, moments before a plane he was on was due to take off for London, when the U.S.
May 29, 1987 | United Press International
Scotland Yard said Thursday that undercover police have arrested 23 baggage handlers for looting passengers' suitcases at Heathrow Airport, dubbed "Thiefrow" because of suspected multimillion-dollar luggage pilfering at the world's busiest airport. The five-month operation was the second in which authorities have broken up employee theft rings at the airport.
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.
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.
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.
July 14, 1987 | Associated Press
Armed robbers posing as businessmen stole up to $16 million in cash and valuables from a safe deposit firm in London's fashionable Knightsbridge district, police said Monday. The robbery occurred Sunday, but police did not report it until Monday night when they issued a statement that said three well-dressed robbers rifled more than 100 safe deposit boxes at the Security Deposits firm.
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.
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.
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.
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