HOME & GARDEN
December 16, 2004 |
Butch and Sundance blew them up. Al Capone was fond of them, although the one Geraldo found was empty. And Charlize Theron looked great cracking them in "The Italian Job." Heck, you probably even had one when you were a kid. But let's face it, safes aren't sexy. Unless, of course, a wildfire has just reduced your house to a pile of ashes, and you're looking for a copy of that homeowners policy explaining your coverage. Gee, it's probably in the safe, right, honey?
November 9, 1998 |
The safe burglar is quick, quiet and thoroughly professional. No neighbors spot his car as he pulls behind the Chinese restaurant after closing. No one notices him climb atop the roof, chop a hole and slip to a hallway. No alarms are tripped as he kicks open the office door, breaks into the safe and grabs $2,500. On a recent afternoon, after the restaurant owners discover the break-in, LAPD Det. Jim Becker arrives and studies the crime scene.
July 15, 2002 |
The Hollywood version of an ace safecracker is usually a lithe and dapper fellow, a man whose exquisite ear and delicate fingertips can coax the combination from any vault, who, armed with only a hairpin or a stripped twist tie, can defuse an alarm system and pick a lock in seconds. He works silently in the dark, invisible except when his smile gleams irresistibly. A young Alec Guinness, say, or Cary Grant. Maybe George Clooney.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2007 |
Like a number of skid row's poor and "unbanked," Robert Baker trusted his cash and future dreams to a half-ton safe in downtown's bustling Union Rescue Mission. Baker, 36, had landed at the Christian mission at 5th and San Pedro streets ready to work, save money and move to Arizona to join his four children. As per mission requirements, the West Covina native squirreled away 70% of his earnings in a second-floor safe along with those of some 200 other residents.
September 22, 2011 |
The unmarked envelope floated into the living room of the home in northeastern Japan, riding the wave of tsunami floodwaters. Inside, the astounded resident found $40,000 in yen notes. More money has been found in wallets, paper bags, and other containers swept away from their owners and scattered across a landscape ripped apart by the March 11 earthquake. One woman found $26,000 in a purse she had spotted atop a pile of debris. One police locksmith opened the heavy door of a recovered safe to find $1.3 million in yen notes.
May 23, 1986 |
Two jewelers held captive for 15 hours by kidnapers in the heart of Manhattan's diamond district paid their own ransom by turning over $1- million worth of gold and gems from their company safes, police said Thursday. Police sought four men who held brothers Naftali and Izzy Bochner before releasing them Wednesday at separate locations.