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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.
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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.
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August 20, 1993 | ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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May 12, 2011 | David Zahniser
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley has declined to file criminal charges against a union leader accused by his former bosses of stealing a laptop computer, authorities said Wednesday. Police arrested Josif Kahraman, former executive director of the Engineers and Architects Assn., and his wife, Ani Kahraman, last week on suspicion of felony grand theft. He was arrested the same day he was placed on leave from his job. The union represents about 5,000 Los Angeles city employees.
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April 15, 2010 | By Carla Rivera
The president of Cal State Stanislaus said Wednesday that he believes that documents relating to a fundraising appearance by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin were stolen and given to students to stoke controversy over the upcoming event. University President Hamid Shirvani also said he has asked Palin to release information about her speaking fee. She has yet to respond, he said. The university is investigating how parts of Palin's draft contract got into the hands of students who then turned them over to state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco)
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March 13, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein
A convicted drug dealer who allegedly helped a "bling ring" sell off luxury items stolen from the homes of young celebrities, including Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton, pleaded no contest Friday to several felonies, authorities said. Jonathan Ajar, known as "Johnny Dangerous," was the fence for the items stolen in at least 10 burglaries that also targeted the residences of Rachel Bilson, Orlando Bloom, Brian Austin Green, Megan Fox, Audrina Patridge and Ashley Tisdale, authorities said.
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February 6, 2010 | By Amina Khan and Andrew Blankstein
Troubled actor Charlie Sheen had left his Mercedes-Benz in his open garage with the keys in it when it was stolen and later found crashed in a ravine off Mulholland Drive, police said Friday. The 2009 Mercedes four-door sedan was found badly damaged about 350 feet down from Mulholland Drive about two miles from Sheen's home in a gated community in Sherman Oaks. After an extensive search on foot and by helicopter, rescue crews did not find a driver or passengers in the vicinity of the stolen car. Los Angeles fire and police officials learned the car had been in an accident just after 4 a.m. when the Mercedes' electronic security system automatically notified them.
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January 14, 2010 | By Jason Felch
Was the J. Paul Getty Museum acting in good faith when it purchased one of the finest ancient bronze statues in existence? That will be the central question before an Italian judge after Friday's closing arguments in a long-running legal battle in Pesaro, Italy. At stake is a much-coveted work believed by some to have been created by Alexander the Great's personal sculptor and plundered by Roman soldiers around the time of Christ before being lost at sea. A regional public prosecutor alleges that the Italian fishermen who discovered the Greek statue in 1964 failed to declare it to Italian customs officials and sold it to middlemen, who smuggled it out of the country.
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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.
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December 23, 2009 | By Jeff Gottlieb
The SEA Lab is a small aquarium in Redondo Beach that about 20,000 schoolchildren visit each year to look at the fish. Sometimes they even get the chance to touch them. But over the weekend, someone went a lot further than that by stealing two 30-pound California halibut and more than 20 spiny lobsters from the outdoor tanks. A pool of blood was found next to the 5,000-gallon halibut tank, presumably from injuries the fish suffered. Brent Scheiwe, the SEA Lab's program director, said there was no evidence of a break-in.
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November 5, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton
Police recovered Paris Hilton's designer perfume, a pistol belonging to actor Brian Austin Green and a handwritten inventory listing diamonds and other jewelry at the homes of suspects accused of burglarizing the homes of young Hollywood celebrities, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by The Times. The affidavit by Los Angeles Police Department detectives names five alleged members of the burglary crew -- Jonathan Ajar, Courtney Ames, Roy Lopez Jr., Alexis Neiers and Diana Tamayo -- who were charged last week with residential burglary and other felonies in connection with at least 10 burglaries in the Hollywood Hills from late 2008 to last month.
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