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May 24, 2013 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
LAS VEGAS - He was just a kid from the neighborhood who never had much. Mature for his age, the eldest of 11 children, Marcos Arenas always knew his blue-collar father was just scraping by. So the iPad was precious, a gift for his 15th birthday and the Christmas before that and all the other birthdays when he never got anything. For the natural athlete who sang in the school choir and wanted to be a Marine and maybe a pro boxer, it was the first really nice thing he ever owned. His father bought it at a pawn shop.
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March 25, 2014
Re "Where did all the bandits go?," March 22 Funny how things change. In 1963, people robbed banks. In 2014, banks rob people. The times, they are a-changin'. Bella Silverstein Santa Clarita So, there's a dramatically lower incidence of bank robberies in Southern California? Perhaps because traffic in Los Angeles is so congested, the would-be robbers know they can't get away from the crime scene by car. Toby Horn Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: Don't let political donors hide Letters: Keep fossil fuels in the ground Letters: Employers are deportation enablers
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August 30, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A Manhattan Beach woman who walked in on two men burglarizing her home was tied up at gunpoint for several hours while the residence was raided, police said Friday. Manhattan Beach police went to the 1600 block of 5th Street about 12:30 a.m. Friday and said the robbery was in progress when the woman came home. "The victim was tied up at gunpoint for several hours while the house was ransacked," Manhattan Beach Police Department officials said in a statement. "The victim's father arrived home several hours later.
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March 21, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
For decades, Southern California was the undisputed capital of bank robbery. When five Bank of America branches were robbed in under an hour, an FBI agent shrugged and called it "just another day in L.A. " It was fodder for national news and Hollywood scripts, and the FBI field office had "Bank Robbery Capital of the World" emblazoned on its fax cover sheets. In 1992, the worst year, as many as 28 Los Angeles banks were robbed in a single day. Then the number of robberies began falling, part of an overall trend that has seen crime rates plummet across the country.
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March 14, 2014 | By Anh Do
A man known as the "Snowboarder Bandit" was sentenced Friday to two years in state prison for robbing nine Orange County banks -- adding to the time he received last month of seven years and eight months in Riverside County. Michael Brandon Franks of Riverside will serve the terms consecutively. He pleaded guilty last year in Orange County to a court offer to 10 felony counts of second-degree robbery and two felony counts of attempted second-degree robbery. Then in February, Franks, 31, also pleaded guilty in Riverside County to four felony counts of burglary, three felony counts of robbery and two felony counts of attempted robbery.
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October 17, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Huntington Beach police are seeking the public's help in finding a man who robbed and sexually assaulted a woman. Police said the attack occurred Oct. 3 around 1 a.m. as the woman was returning to her home near Bolsa Chica Road and Warner Avenue. The man was armed with a gun and approached the woman from behind. He grabbed her and covered her mouth with his hand, according to the Huntington Beach Police Department. "The suspect was in possession of a handgun and told the victim not to scream," police officials said in a statement.
TRAVEL
February 9, 1986
Reader Leo Wilder's Jan. 19 letter, "Robbery on the Autostrada" between Naples and Salerno, was indeed a bad happening for him and his wife. But why did Wilder single out the Autostrada? We have but to look in our own neighborhoods where such vandalism exists every hour, every day. I would like to let the Leo Wilders of Sherman Oaks know that the Italian authorities are very cognizant of this appalling situation. Let's clean our backyard first. REMO VALENTE Bellflower
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June 14, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
Five adults were bound and blindfolded during a robbery in an Arcadia home Thursday night, officials said. The Arcadia Police Department believes five robbers invaded a residence on the 500 block of east Norman Avenue, taking items that included passports, laptops and jewelry. Only two adults were home when the robbers arrived, and the thieves fastened the adults' hands behind their backs, said Sgt. Kollin Cieadlo. The three other adults arrived while the robbery was still occurring and were also restrained, officials said.
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July 17, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Andrew Blankstein and Marisa Gerber
Los Angeles police announced Wednesday plans to release photos taken along camera-concentrated Hollywood Boulevard in hopes of tracking down additional suspects in a two-hour robbery rampage the night before. At a Wednesday morning news conference on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said investigators hope the public can help identify and locate the fugitive suspects. A dozen people --all juveniles except one 18-year-old--were taken into custody Tuesday out of a group police said could include as many as 50 suspects.
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February 17, 1990 | Clipboard researched by Elena Brunet / Los Angeles Times; Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times
ROBBERY: TOUGHER TO SOLVE Of the four major felonies committed against people (as opposed to property), robbery has, during the last decade, had the lowest clearance rate-the lowest percentage "solved." The clearance rates for homicide and assault commonly run in excess of 60%, between 50% and 60% for rape. But robbery has proved a much tougher crime to solve.
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March 14, 2014 | By Anh Do
A man known as the "Snowboarder Bandit" was sentenced Friday to two years in state prison for robbing nine Orange County banks -- adding to the time he received last month of seven years and eight months in Riverside County. Michael Brandon Franks of Riverside will serve the terms consecutively. He pleaded guilty last year in Orange County to a court offer to 10 felony counts of second-degree robbery and two felony counts of attempted second-degree robbery. Then in February, Franks, 31, also pleaded guilty in Riverside County to four felony counts of burglary, three felony counts of robbery and two felony counts of attempted robbery.
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February 23, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Gary Friedman
A 36-year-old man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of shooting and killing a security guard during a robbery in Rancho Cucamonga. Diego Dominguez, of Rancho Cucamonga, was arrested early Sunday after deputies stopped him leaving his Placer Street home. Investigators also served search warrants on his cars and house. Dominguez was arrested on suspicion of robbery and the murder of 45-year-old Dean Sena, said the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department in a statement. He was booked at the West Valley Detention Center.
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February 14, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A man shot and killed by sheriff's deputies Thursday night after holding up a woman in her home near West Covina and then attempting to flee had a woman and a child in his getaway car, authorities said. The man, who was not immediately identified, tried to rob the woman at gunpoint sometime before 5 p.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said, but deputies were called to the scene by her son, who said a black car was waiting outside. When deputies arrived, the black car was already speeding toward them and a chase ensued, the Sheriff's Department said.
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February 8, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
Two men and a woman have been charged in connection with a string of robberies in the Antelope Valley in 2011 and 2012, authorities said Saturday. The suspects - Marcus Robinson, 24, Mehealani Austin, 25, and Brooke Hollins, 22 - were arrested Wednesday in Palmdale and charged with more than 70 counts of armed robbery, kidnap for robbery and assault with a firearm, among other charges, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. During the incidents, the robbers wore masks and forced business employees into back rooms to open safes, a department press release said.
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February 6, 2014 | By David Ng
A 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was stolen last month from the concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has been recovered by authorities, according to a Thursday report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. [Updated: Milwaukee police confirmed the recovery of the violin on Thursday.] Milwaukee police said Wednesday that three suspects -- two men, ages 42 and 36, and a woman, 32 -- were arrested in connection with the crime and remained in police custody. The violin -- which is valued at $5 million -- was taken from Milwaukee Symphony concertmaster Frank Almond during an armed robbery on Jan. 27. Robbers used a stun gun on the violinist after a concert at Wisconsin Lutheran College in suburban Milwaukee, according to reports.
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February 6, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Over the centuries, Stradivarius has become the standard for the best in stringed instruments. With the recovery of a stolen 300-year-old Strad violin, a Milwaukee musician will once again be able to make sweet music. The instrument, known as the Lipinski Strad after a famed Polish virtuoso who owned it in the 19th century, was stolen Jan. 27 during the armed robbery of Frank Almond, the concertmaster for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Almond had just finished a concert when he was attacked by someone who used a stun gun and who seized the instrument, worth an estimated $5 million.
TRAVEL
August 25, 1985
Thanks to a notice in the Travel Section we were able to save a family from Oregon from being robbed in Paris in June. While waiting in line for the Louvre we struck up a conversation with the family, whose name we did not get. They had been living in Switzerland, and were on holiday. Suddenly three young children (Dickens would have called them urchins) appeared, a boy and two girls. They held out printed flyers to distract us. At first it seemed that they were begging, but then the boy held his paper up to the man's face and the girls at once jumped the man from behind.
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February 3, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Anaheim police searched Monday for three suspects who stole nearly 1,000 Yu - Gi -Oh cards valued at $850 at knife-point. Two men were sitting in their car at Clara Barton Park in the 800 block of South Agate Street about 11:45 p.m. Jan. 25 when a car pulled up behind them, blocking them in, according to the Anaheim Police Department. Two male suspects exited that car while a female driver stayed in it with the engine running. The men brandished a 6-inch knife and searched the two victims after ordering them out of their car, the department said.
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February 6, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Citing skyrocketing thefts of smartphones and tablets, officials proposed Thursday that California become the first state to require the devices to be sold with "kill switches" that render them inoperable when stolen. State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and other lawmakers said they plan to introduce such legislation with the support of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck. L.A. had a 12% increase in mobile-device thefts in 2012, the most recent figures available.
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February 6, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Los Angeles police are asking for the public's help in locating a female bank robber who authorities believe is connected to at least six robberies. Robbery-homicide detectives say that last week, the woman entered a bank in the 100 block of North La Cienega Boulevard, near the border of Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and Beverly Grove. After presenting a teller with a handwritten demand note, the woman brandished a handgun and demanded money, according to the LAPD. The woman took the money and left the bank in an unknown direction.
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