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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2010 |
For a city as conscious of its criminal past as Los Angeles, our collective memory of local heists and homicides rarely extends back further than the 1950s. Yet long before Southern California's Geezer Bandit captured the public's imagination, or the North Hollywood Bank of America shootout horrified the nation, Angelenos were transfixed by a debonair Baptist minister-turned-safecracker who was run to ground in a well-to-do neighborhood near Exposition Park. By his own account, Herbert Emerson Wilson got well over $15 million during his Prohibition Era criminal career.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1997
Two men forced their way into a house, tied up a 15-year-old girl who lives there and left with more than $500,000 worth of jewelry and ivory early Thursday. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said the two robbers, who were wearing dark clothes and knit caps, went to a house on Sand Canyon Road late Wednesday and asked the girl, whose parents were away, "Does Bill live here?" The girl told them that no one with that name lived at the house.
December 3, 1985
An armed gang of about 10 men kidnaped two Brinks company employees from their homes, forced them to open the firm's headquarters in Colombes, a Paris suburb, and looted an estimated $9.4 million from safes and strongboxes, police said. One gunman remained with the employees' families during the robbery, and police said the robbers communicated with each other by radio and also monitored police calls. Afterward, the employees and their families were released.