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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1991
Police are investigating whether three men charged with armed robbery in connection with a holdup Monday at a Robinson's department store in the City of Industry could be linked to a string of up to 100 jewelry store robberies in Southern California. About $600,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from the Puente Hills Mall store at 10:45 a.m. Monday and recovered minutes later after witnesses alerted authorities.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1999 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police have recovered about $2 million worth of jewelry that was stolen last week at gunpoint from a traveling salesman in Santa Clarita, authorities said Friday. The theft was believed to be one of more than 50 Southern California jewelry robberies committed this year by a large Colombian crime ring, detectives said. Investigators found the jewelry in a clothes hamper after serving a search warrant at an Eagle Rock residence.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1994
A crime wave involving thieves who masquerade as buyers of pricey home computers prompted police and the Recycler newspaper Monday to warn sellers against allowing strangers responding to classified ads into their homes. It is the latest twist to the home invasion robbery. This time, the armed thieves responding to Recycler Classified ads have struck at least nine homes throughout Southern California, stealing high-end Macintosh computers and related equipment.
BUSINESS
April 3, 1994 | PATRICK LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Along a drab stretch of Sepulveda Boulevard in Van Nuys, gang shootings, prostitution and drug dealing became so common in 1992 that dozens of small businesses there finally took matters into their own hands. Taking their cue from the neighborhood watch programs of residential areas, the business owners formed a block watch along the strip of auto parts shops, furniture outlets and convenience stores.
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April 30, 1990 | PATRICK McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His friends say Miguel Angel Cancino Rios, known as Tobi, was a kind of border good Samaritan, intervening on behalf of prospective victims targeted by the thieves who prowl the no-man's land that is the U.S.-Mexico border strip in San Diego. "He liked to help people," recalled Alex Campos, a close friend who says Cancino, a Tijuana resident, roomed with him in his home in the San Diego border neighborhood of San Ysidro.
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August 26, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
A former Harvard student from La Habra convicted of committing a series of armed robberies in Orange County during vacation breaks from his studies was sentenced Friday to serve 10 years and four months in prison. Jose Luis Razo Jr., convicted in Santa Ana in June of six robberies and an attempted escape from police, had been a star athlete and scholar at Servite High School in Anaheim and received scholarship offers from several colleges.
BUSINESS
November 19, 1989 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was no Brinks robbery. No gold, gems or greenbacks were involved in the heist. But the cargo was valuable enough for bandits last February to hijack a truck at gunpoint and knock its driver unconscious. The scene of the crime was a remote road in the Valley Center area of North San Diego County. And the bounty was about 10,000 pounds of avocados. The case is just one of scores reported by growers in Southern California this year as the price of avocados has soared due to poor weather.
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November 24, 1992 | Associated Press
A teen-ager arrested in the slayings of three family members allegedly committed the killings to get money and a truck so he and two friends could run off to South America, authorities said Monday. Scott Kammeyer, 19, and his two friends fled with $163 and made it to Mexico after the Friday slayings, but ran out of money and returned across the border to National City, where they were arrested Sunday, Kern County Sheriff's Sgt. Glenn Johnson said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1988
A Los Angeles police task force has been formed to hunt down a gang suspected of robbing a dozen armored car guards and banks of $500,000. One guard was killed in what police believe is a related string of daylight holdups and shootings in Southern California since last December. A team of 10 detectives is working full time on the case and sharing information with other law enforcement agencies, Detective Norm Roberge said. In the latest theft, a gunman on Oct.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1988 | JACK JONES, Times Staff Writer
A Riverside County man, pursued and arrested following the robbery of a San Gabriel Valley ice cream store, was jailed as the suspected "Underwear Bandit" when 10 pairs of women's panties were found in his car, authorities said Monday. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Eric Smith said more than 40 robberies in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties have been committed by a man who orders female employees to give him their panties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1994
A crime wave involving thieves who masquerade as buyers of pricey home computers prompted police and the Recycler newspaper Monday to warn sellers against allowing strangers responding to classified ads into their homes. It is the latest twist to the home invasion robbery. This time, the armed thieves responding to Recycler Classified ads have struck at least nine homes throughout Southern California, stealing high-end Macintosh computers and related equipment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1994 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A crime wave involving thieves who masquerade as buyers of pricey home computers prompted police and the Recycler newspaper on Monday to warn sellers against allowing strangers responding to classified ads into their homes. It's the latest high-tech twist to the age-old home-invasion robbery, police say.
NEWS
February 26, 1993 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gangs of thieves seeking government checks and credit cards are causing an epidemic-like increase in the theft of mail from postal trucks while carriers walk their rounds, according to federal authorities. The problem began escalating in South-Central Los Angeles after last spring's riots. It has spread across Southern California, authorities say. Thieves are on the prowl from Santa Ana to Ventura.
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November 24, 1992 | Associated Press
A teen-ager arrested in the slayings of three family members allegedly committed the killings to get money and a truck so he and two friends could run off to South America, authorities said Monday. Scott Kammeyer, 19, and his two friends fled with $163 and made it to Mexico after the Friday slayings, but ran out of money and returned across the border to National City, where they were arrested Sunday, Kern County Sheriff's Sgt. Glenn Johnson said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1991
Police are investigating whether three men charged with armed robbery in connection with a holdup Monday at a Robinson's department store in the City of Industry could be linked to a string of up to 100 jewelry store robberies in Southern California. About $600,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from the Puente Hills Mall store at 10:45 a.m. Monday and recovered minutes later after witnesses alerted authorities.
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July 24, 1990 | JIM CARLTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marie Bunnell awoke Monday morning to the sight of a gaping hole in the front yard of her Yorba Linda home. Down the street, Andree Noeppe stepped outside to discover a similar hole in his front yard. Someone had made off with their miniature palm trees during the night. The thefts of the sago palms are just the latest to hit Yorba Linda. In the last month, dozens of the small palms have been stolen, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1994 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A crime wave involving thieves who masquerade as buyers of pricey home computers prompted police and the Recycler newspaper on Monday to warn sellers against allowing strangers responding to classified ads into their homes. It's the latest high-tech twist to the age-old home-invasion robbery, police say.
NEWS
December 24, 1989 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tsk, tsk. A scowl would surely cross Santa's whiskered face if he got wind of this news. It seems that poachers--perhaps looking for adventure, perhaps looking to save a few bucks--are stealing Christmas trees from the San Bernardino National Forest this holiday season. And, at the risk of sounding like scrooges, the folks in the familiar olive green uniforms say they are are none too pleased. "You might look out there and think, 'Gee, there are lots of trees.
NEWS
April 30, 1990 | PATRICK McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His friends say Miguel Angel Cancino Rios, known as Tobi, was a kind of border good Samaritan, intervening on behalf of prospective victims targeted by the thieves who prowl the no-man's land that is the U.S.-Mexico border strip in San Diego. "He liked to help people," recalled Alex Campos, a close friend who says Cancino, a Tijuana resident, roomed with him in his home in the San Diego border neighborhood of San Ysidro.
NEWS
January 9, 1990 | ROBERT E. DALLOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jesse James and John Dillinger would fit right in. But today, instead of waving guns at stage coaches and bank tellers, they might well be getting the drop on travel agents--and stealing airline tickets. The taking of blank ticket stock in armed holdups has become a major menace to the nation's travel agents and a big worry to the airlines, which are losing millions of dollars as a result.
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