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May 16, 2001 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles police issued a warning Tuesday about criminals who pose as Department of Water and Power workers to get inside homes to steal. Det. Don Perez of the Hollenbeck Division said there have been 15 reported cases in Los Angeles since October. But he added: "This is the kind of crime that often goes unreported because the victims are embarrassed that they have been taken or are reluctant because they are scared of retaliation."
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April 25, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police searched Tuesday for four men who broke into a Canoga Park apartment, pistol-whipped a man and sexually assaulted a woman before robbing them, authorities said. The 30-year-old man and 25-year-old woman were sleeping at an acquaintance's apartment in the 2100 block of Gresham Street when they were awakened about 3:30 a.m. by four men, two of whom were armed with pistols, said Officer Eduardo Funes, of the Los Angeles Police Department.
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April 24, 2001
A man convicted of taking part in one of the biggest armed robberies in Los Angeles history--the theft of $18.9 million in cash from the Dunbar Armored truck depot--was sentenced Monday to more than 17 years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Lourdes Baird told Erik Damon Boyd that she considered his prior criminal record, his use of a gun and the fact that a woman was injured in the robbery.
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March 20, 2001 | From a Times Staff Writer
Damian Williams was ordered Monday to stand trial in the shooting death of Grover Tinner Jr., 48, of Los Angeles, after a three-day preliminary hearing. Williams, who spent four years in prison for attacking trucker Reginald O. Denny during the 1992 riots, will be arraigned in Superior Court on April 2 on one count of murder and two counts of robbery. Williams, 27, has pleaded not guilty in the July 18 shooting in southwest Los Angeles.
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March 7, 2001
An off-duty FBI agent shot and wounded two men who tried to rob him Tuesday night outside an apartment complex in Playa del Rey, authorities said. The shooting occurred at Redlands Street and Gulana Avenue about 7:40 p.m., after the men approached the agent, Los Angeles Police Department officials said. One of the wounded men remained at the scene. Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Division captured the other suspect.
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February 28, 2001 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal jury convicted two men Tuesday of taking part in one of the biggest armed robberies in Los Angeles history--the seizure of $18.9 million in cash from the Dunbar Armored truck depot in the downtown factory district. Jurors returned guilty verdicts against Allen Pace III, a former Dunbar security officer accused of masterminding the 1997 robbery, and Erik Damon Boyd, one of several accomplices in the daring holdup.
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February 13, 2001
A masked gunman robbed an armored car guard of a bag of money outside a grocery store in the Crenshaw district Monday, authorities said. The gunman fired several shots as the Sectran Armored Car Service guard left Jetro Wholesale Groceries in the 5300 block of Jefferson Boulevard at about 2:30 p.m., Police Officer Jason Lee said. No one was struck. The robbery was at least the fifth attack involving armored trucks since August.
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February 9, 2001
Three gunmen fired shots inside a McDonald's restaurant in Panorama City during a robbery Thursday night, Los Angeles police said. No one was injured during the 8:20 p.m. robbery at the fast-food restaurant in the 9100 block of Van Nuys Boulevard, said Officer Jason Lee, an LAPD spokesman. The gunmen robbed customers as well as the restaurant cash register, Lee said. The robbers apparently fired into the ceiling before escaping with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.
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February 9, 2001 | NEDRA RHONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Benjamin Markowitz, whose drug debt allegedly led to the kidnapping and murder of his young half brother last summer, was arrested Thursday in Van Nuys on suspicion of armed robbery. Markowitz, 22, had been stopped for driving without a license when he was arrested on a robbery warrant that was issued Monday. Police allege that on Dec. 23, Markowitz, armed with a gun, went to the Woodland Hills home of an acquaintance and demanded money. The victim told police that Markowitz took $200.
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February 7, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET and MICHAEL KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police searched Tuesday for three men involved in the shooting death of a 51-year-old Brinks guard as he delivered money to a cash machine in a crowded San Fernando Valley supermarket. Ignacio David Delgado of Canoga Park was killed about 6:15 p.m. Monday in a Bank of America vault area in an Albertson's supermarket in Valley Glen. His partner, Michael Kotnik, 34, of Sun Valley escaped serious injury when the robbers fired semiautomatic assault weapons at him as he ran from the store.
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