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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
Actress Shelley Morrison, who plays a housekeeper on NBC's comedy "Will & Grace," was charged with misdemeanor grand theft Tuesday for allegedly trying to shoplift jewelry from a West Los Angeles department store. Morrison was arrested April 23 after surveillance cameras filmed her allegedly trying to steal jewelry worth about $450 from the Robinsons-May store in the West Coast Pavilion, said Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the city attorney's office. That office will prosecute the case.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Police have a lesson for shoplifters: Don't try it. Or, at the very least, if you're given the chance to put something back, do it. Officers said David Ramirez, 18, of Yorba Linda learned that lesson the hard way Friday night when he allegedly tried to swipe a $9.99 bottle of Hiram Walker Peppermint Schnapps. An employee at Albertsons supermarket on West Balboa Avenue saw a man was trying to conceal the bottle in his clothing. "The employee tells him, 'Put it back and leave.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
Newport Beach police have a lesson for shoplifters: Don't try it. Or, at the very least, if you're given the chance to put something back, do it. Officers say David Ramirez, 18, of Yorba Linda learned that lesson the hard way Friday night when he allegedly tried to swipe a $9.99 bottle of Hiram Walker Peppermint Schnapps. An employee at Albertsons supermarket at 3100 W. Balboa Ave. discovered a man trying to conceal a bottle in his clothing. "The employee tells him, 'Put it back and leave.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
Actress Shelley Morrison, who plays the maid Rosario Salazar on the television situation comedy "Will & Grace," has been arrested on suspicion of felony shoplifting, Los Angeles police said Friday. Morrison, 66, was booked under the name Rachel Dominguez and released after she posted $20,000 bail, Officer Don Cox said. The theft allegedly occurred Wednesday at Robinsons-May in the Westside Pavilion on Pico Boulevard at Overland Avenue, Cox said.
OPINION
March 10, 2003 | Erwin Chemerinsky, Erwin Chemerinsky is a professor of law and political science at USC.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decisions upholding life imprisonment for shoplifters make reform of California's three-strikes law through the Legislature or the initiative process imperative. Today, 344 people are serving life sentences in California's prisons for shoplifting a small amount of merchandise. More than 650 individuals are serving life sentences for possessing small quantities of drugs. Such sentences make no rational sense and are inhumane.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2003 | Sally Ann Connell, Special to The Times
Police in the northern San Luis Obispo County town of Atascadero are investigating the death of a 40-year-old physician after he was detained by Kmart store security officials for allegedly shoplifting. Dr. Samuel R. Kaidi, who worked as an emergency room doctor at General Hospital in San Luis Obispo, died after surgery following the incident Sunday afternoon at the Kmart in Atascadero. Kaidi was a resident of Orange, police said.
NATIONAL
February 19, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Police allege that a woman who caused a fender-bender fled into a Kmart bathroom in Stuart, Fla., and tried to conceal her appearance with hair dye, makeup and a change of clothes stolen from the store. Officers said they found Melissa Anne Nunziato, 28, in the bathroom, along with empty boxes and price tags for the allegedly stolen items in the trash.
SPORTS
January 3, 2003 | Paul McLeod
Cal State Fullerton center Pape Sow avoided jail time Thursday after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor petty theft charges in an Orange County court. He could be back in uniform for the struggling Titans next week, Fullerton Athletic Director Brian Quinn said. Sow was arrested Dec. 17 as he left the university bookstore with a $17 knit cap he didn't pay for. It was his second arrest in 15 months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2002 | Kristina Sauerwein, Times Staff Writer
Warning "if you steal again, you will go to jail," a Los Angeles County judge on Friday sentenced film star Winona Ryder to three years' probation, mental health counseling and 480 hours of community service for shoplifting designer merchandise from Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. "You have disappointed many people inspired and entertained by your talents," Superior Court Judge Elden S. Fox told the two-time Oscar nominee, who nodded sheepishly as he spoke sternly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2002 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
Her father was gravely ill. Mother's Day was approaching, bringing with it memories of an unhappy childhood. Linda wanted an escape. So she drove to Bloomingdale's, palmed an $80 glass figurine and slipped it into a shopping bag. It took only a split second, but store security saw it all. And soon, Linda was in handcuffs, headed to jail, a harsh contrast from her lifestyle in Newport Beach. More than a year has passed since that episode, giving Linda plenty of time to reflect.
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