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February 24, 1989 | GEORGE BUNDY SMITH, Times Staff Writer
Florida police have captured a man who allegedly robbed a Chicago jewelry store earlier this month with Michael Douglas Taylor, the mastermind of one of Orange County's largest jailbreaks. Taylor, 35, led five Orange County Jail inmates on an escape Nov. 20 by rappelling from the top of the four-story building in downtown Santa Ana. Four of the inmates were captured or turned themselves in; Taylor is still a fugitive.
June 6, 2013 | By Tony Perry
Seven active-duty Marines, one sailor and seven former Marines are among 64 people arrested after an eight-month sting operation focusing on stolen cars and other property in northern San Diego County, authorities announced Thursday. Some 92 stolen vehicles, worth $692,603, were seized by a multi-agency task force working on Operation Perfect Storm, county Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis said. Dozens of serial car thieves "have been shut down," she said. The military gear seized includes helmets, night-vision goggles, gas masks, bullet-resistant vests and 10,000 rounds of ammunition.
Police arrested three men Thursday morning as they walked along a street carrying guns and a coin collection that had been stolen from a nearby house. The three suspects allegedly broke into the home of a couple vacationing in Puerto Rico, police said. Neighbors called officers after they heard glass breaking at the house in the 4600 block of Cathy Avenue and then saw three people running away about 4:15 a.m.
August 31, 2012 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles County jail inmate who allegedly stole a pair of jail pants during his release found himself back behind bars a day later when two off-duty law enforcement officers spotted him wearing them, authorities said. Marcus Garcia, 22, of Saugus was running through a Wal-Mart parking lot in the 25400 block of The Old Road in Stevenson Ranch on Tuesday when an off-duty L.A. County sheriff's deputy and an off-duty L.A. County custody assistant, who were not named, noticed him and called 911, according to the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's station.
March 16, 1992
More than $800,000 worth of property stolen by a theft ring operating in Burbank and Los Angeles has been recovered with the arrests of three people, authorities said Sunday. The property included guns, china, gold coins and antique dolls. Some of it was taken from two self-storage locations in Burbank and one in Los Feliz, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Larry Mead said.
September 12, 1993
Torrance police this week will allow residents to peruse the loot from two suspected burglars in an attempt to identify the owners of the property. The property, which is worth $100,000 to $150,000, includes televisions, stereos, cameras, jewelry, Oriental rugs, tools, and other items taken from an unknown number of residences and businesses primarily in the Torrance area over the last 18 months. The items were recovered Aug.
May 20, 1989
Unclaimed stolen property will be auctioned by police at 10 a.m. on June 10 at City Hall. Bicycles, radios and stereo speakers are among the items up for bids. Only cash will be accepted as payment. More information can be obtained by calling the Police Department at (714) 536-5944 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.
November 6, 1998 | CHRIS CEBALLOS
Sheriff's officials have recovered stolen property and seized a large amount of cash and drugs from a San Clemente home. The discovery stems from the investigation into several vehicle and residential burglaries that resulted in the arrest last month of James Elwyn Fraser, 36, of San Clemente.
April 19, 1991 | KATIA HETTER
Members of a newly created police unit announced Wednesday that they had seized about $100,000 worth of stolen property from a house believed to be part of a fencing network with links to Mexico. On Tuesday, the 4-month-old street crime apprehension team arrested and booked Jaime Mejia Tenovio, 60, and Enrique Juarez, 34, on charges of receiving stolen property and possession of merchandise that has had the serial numbers removed.
January 9, 1988 | MARIANN HANSEN, Times Staff Writer
One of five El Toro teen-agers allegedly involved in a south county burglary ring pleaded guilty Friday to felony charges of receiving stolen property. Michael Shawn Ellis, 18, was sentenced to one year in County Jail by Superior Court Judge James R. Franks II at the South Orange County Courthouse. Ellis and four other teen-agers were arrested in November as suspects in a wave of burglaries in Mission Viejo and El Toro.
December 31, 2009 | By Ruben Vives
Anthony Martinez Garduno, a 51-year-old church leader who was shot three months ago during a burglary attempt at his church in Home Gardens, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of selling drugs from his church, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said. Authorities say that on Dec. 21, deputies from the Jurupa Valley Station responded to a call of an alleged sexual assault at Our Lady of Tepeyac church in the 13400 block of Magnolia Avenue in Home Gardens, an unincorporated area of Riverside County.
September 5, 2009 | Bloomberg News
The Netherlands will return 13 paintings in national museums to the heirs of Jewish collectors persecuted by the Nazis, the Culture Ministry said. Culture Minister Ronald Plasterk said he would follow a recommendation by the Restitutions Committee to hand back 12 paintings, including Jan van Goyen's "Village in Winter Time," to the heirs of Hans Ludwig Larsen. The government also will return Thomas de Keyser's "Portrait of a Man," currently housed in a museum in Gouda, to the heirs of a Jewish collector named Richard Semmel, Plasterk said.
July 24, 2009 | JAMES RAINEY
Even a new-age reading of the 10 Commandments would seem to make it quite clear: Thou shall not steal. Thou shall not covet thy neighbor's computer files and text messages. But one news story in recent days suggests it's not quite that simple. New technology has supercharged the debate over what should be in the public domain but done nothing to clarify the answers.
March 20, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A famous paleontologist who discovered the world's best preserved dinosaur will plead guilty to stealing dinosaur bones from federal land. Nathan Murphy's change-of-plea motion follows state and federal investigations into his alleged attempts to cash in on the lucrative fossil market. Murphy, 51, is a self-taught dinosaur expert who spent much of the last two decades searching for bones in central Montana's Hell Creek formation. In 2000, he discovered a mummified, 77-million-year-old duckbilled hadrosaur known as Leonardo, considered the best preserved in the world.
November 20, 2008 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
A painting forcibly auctioned by Germany's Nazi government should remain with the estate of a late Jewish art dealer who lost it when his gallery was liquidated, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The ruling by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston blocks an attempt by German baroness Maria-Luise Bissonnette to recoup the painting "Girl From the Sabine Mountains," appraised between $67,000 and $94,000. The painting is believed to be a work of Franz Xaver Winterhalter, a 19th century artist famous for painting Queen Victoria, the czar of Russia and other European nobles.
October 31, 2008 | associated press
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has sent a painting by cubist Fernand Leger back to the heirs of a Jewish art collector in France, after concluding it had been stolen by the Nazis during World War II. The museum had owned the 1911 Leger painting "Smoke Over Rooftops" since 1961. But after a decade of detective work, the institute decided to return it to the heirs of noted Parisian collector Alphonse Kann, who died in 1948. "Having researched this to the end of the road, we decided we had to return the painting; it was the right thing to do," Kaywin Feldman, director of the institute, told the Star Tribune for a story published Thursday.
February 15, 2008 | From the Associated Press
An $8-million painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat has been located in a Manhattan warehouse after apparently being smuggled out of Brazil, federal prosecutors said. Prosecutors filed papers Wednesday seeking to seize the 1982 painting, called "Hannibal," in an effort to help Brazilian authorities claim it. U.S. authorities said they found the painting in an Upper East Side warehouse in November. It wasn't clear who brought it into the U.S., but prosecutors said it arrived via John F. Kennedy International Airport.
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