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January 9, 1990 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man on the run for two years after allegedly robbing an armored car in Philadelphia of $651,000 in cash says he has gambled the money away and wants to surrender in Los Angeles, according to a letter he is believed to have written. "I stole the money because I thought I could quadruple it through gambling--and then I would give half to the company I stole it from," said the letter, apparently penned by Edward Leigh Hunt Jr., who was a guard on the armored car.
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February 8, 1997 | From Associated Press
More than 100 customers were kept inside a busy check-cashing service for hours Friday by police who believed the patrons had been taken hostage by armed robbers dressed as security guards. After four tense hours, police determined that no robbers were inside and no money had been taken. All the customers inside The Financial Exchange, mostly women and children, then filed out one by one. No one was injured. Two men were arrested and at least three were being sought.
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NEWS
February 8, 1997 | From Associated Press
More than 100 customers were kept inside a busy check-cashing service for hours Friday by police who believed the patrons had been taken hostage by armed robbers dressed as security guards. After four tense hours, police determined that no robbers were inside and no money had been taken. All the customers inside The Financial Exchange, mostly women and children, then filed out one by one. No one was injured. Two men were arrested and at least three were being sought.
NEWS
November 29, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A businessman and local officials were in a run-down Philadelphia neighborhood discussing ways to bring in more jobs when they were approached by a man holding a Bible. He pulled a gun out of it and robbed them. The man approached the group and asked if they were cops. One answered no. That's when the man opened his hollowed-out Bible and whipped out a pistol. "In that case, give me your wallets," said the crook.
NEWS
January 7, 1989 | Associated Press
A woman accused of beating her 10-year son with a metal pipe to get money for cocaine was arraigned Friday on assault, theft and child endangerment charges, police said. Police said Joanne Oliphant, 29, beat her son Jermaine, until he gave her $11 he earned washing cars. She then left him in their home while she went out searching for a drug dealer, police said.
BUSINESS
October 14, 1989
Plaque Honoring Milken Stolen: The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School said it would replace a plaque honoring indicted junk bond financier Michael Milken that was stolen from its alumni "hall of fame." The photograph of the 1979 Wharton graduate, who was indicted in March on 98 counts of racketeering and fraud, was reported missing Tuesday. Campus police said they believe that it was stolen during the weekend.
SPORTS
January 13, 1990 | EARL GUSTKEY
George Foreman has great news for fat people: Keep right on eating. He says you can eat all you want and still be in great shape. Welcome to the '90s, the decade of the New Fitness. Foreman, who wrestles Gerry Cooney Monday night in a pay-per-view exercise being falsely marketed as a significant heavyweight boxing event, says you want to watch out for people such as Tom Lasorda, who advise you to eat out of a can.
NEWS
June 1, 1992 | Associated Press
A purse snatcher who was chased down by a 79-year-old woman said he offered to give back her belongings but that she hit him. "She hit me about 10 times. I needed stitches," James Brown, 39, testified before he was convicted of theft and assault. He is awaiting sentencing.
NEWS
November 29, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A businessman and local officials were in a run-down Philadelphia neighborhood discussing ways to bring in more jobs when they were approached by a man holding a Bible. He pulled a gun out of it and robbed them. The man approached the group and asked if they were cops. One answered no. That's when the man opened his hollowed-out Bible and whipped out a pistol. "In that case, give me your wallets," said the crook.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1990
A man who robbed an armored car and eluded police for two years before arranging to surrender at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison and ordered to repay $651,000. Edward Leigh Hunt Jr., 26, of Wilmington, Del., admitted stealing $651,000 from a Brooks armored car in downtown Philadelphia on Jan. 26, 1988. The son of a corporate attorney, Hunt was not heard from until two years later when he wrote a letter to the Wilmington News Journal in Delaware.
NEWS
November 29, 1996 | Associated Press
Two students are accused of attacking their auto mechanics teacher with a sledgehammer in a robbery after class, police said. Jack Cotter, a popular teacher at Brashear High School, was found slumped against a wall and bleeding from a gash in his skull Tuesday. A bloody 3-pound hammer lay close by. Cotter was listed in serious condition Thursday at Mercy Hospital.
NEWS
December 30, 1995 | Reuters
A 13-year-old boy who was arrested in connection with the robbery and murder of a West Philadelphia grocer is a suspect in at least one other killing, officials said Friday. The teen, whose name was withheld because of his age, was spotted running with a second person from the store owned by Won Joo Choi. Choi, 47, was found dead, shot several times, a police source said. Two other grocers have been shot during holdups recently and the boy was being questioned about a Nov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1993 | K. CONNIE KANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A suspect in the April 7 killing of a woman during a carjacking attempt in an Alhambra fabric store parking lot has been arrested in Pennsylvania on robbery charges there, police said Saturday. Coung Minh Hoang, 16, was taken into custody earlier this month on suspicion of armed robbery in the Pittsburgh suburb of Dormont, but authorities did not link him to the shooting of real estate agent Kathy May Lee, 27, of Monterey Park because he gave a fake name and age, said Sgt.
NEWS
June 1, 1992 | Associated Press
A purse snatcher who was chased down by a 79-year-old woman said he offered to give back her belongings but that she hit him. "She hit me about 10 times. I needed stitches," James Brown, 39, testified before he was convicted of theft and assault. He is awaiting sentencing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1991 | JOHN KENDALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former armored-car guard who stole $651,000 from a Brooks truck in downtown Philadelphia three years ago directed authorities Thursday to a storage facility in Hollywood where they recovered $575,000 from a footlocker, the FBI said. Edward Leigh Hunt Jr., 27, telephoned the Los Angeles FBI office from the U.S. attorney's office in Philadelphia and said he had stashed the stolen money in a locker at Los Angeles Security Storage Inc., 6372 Santa Monica Blvd.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1990
A San Gabriel man who stole rare Benjamin Franklin books from the University of Pennsylvania was sentenced to one year and one day in prison Wednesday in Philadelphia. William Witherell, 39, was convicted in August by a federal judge in a non-jury trial of stealing volumes valued at $60,000 from Penn's Van Pelt Library. One of the volumes stolen was a catalogue of books Franklin sold in 1774 and the other was Franklin's treatise on the English education system.
NEWS
July 16, 1988 | From Reuters
Bess Myerson, a former Miss America who once served as New York City cultural affairs commissioner, pleaded guilty Friday to shoplifting from a department store two months ago. Myerson, 64, did not appear in court but submitted a signed statement through her attorney. She was fined $100 and paid $48 in court costs.
NEWS
December 30, 1995 | Reuters
A 13-year-old boy who was arrested in connection with the robbery and murder of a West Philadelphia grocer is a suspect in at least one other killing, officials said Friday. The teen, whose name was withheld because of his age, was spotted running with a second person from the store owned by Won Joo Choi. Choi, 47, was found dead, shot several times, a police source said. Two other grocers have been shot during holdups recently and the boy was being questioned about a Nov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1990
A man who robbed an armored car and eluded police for two years before arranging to surrender at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison and ordered to repay $651,000. Edward Leigh Hunt Jr., 26, of Wilmington, Del., admitted stealing $651,000 from a Brooks armored car in downtown Philadelphia on Jan. 26, 1988. The son of a corporate attorney, Hunt was not heard from until two years later when he wrote a letter to the Wilmington News Journal in Delaware.
NEWS
March 18, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
A Pennsylvania man wanted as a suspect in at least 10 armed robberies was arrested in California after he was featured on a national television crime show. Paul Coury, 38, of Mt. Lebanon, Pa., was arrested Friday at his electronics rental business in Riverside, police said. He is a suspect in Pittsburgh-area robberies in 1986 and 1987.
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