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July 22, 1990 | JOHN JOHNSON and RONALD L. SOBLE, John Johnson and Ronald L. Soble, Times staff writers, are working on a book about the Menendez case for New American Library.
ON A MILD SUNDAY last summer, a string of "popping sounds" drifted through the lazy night air of Beverly Hills around 10 o'clock. "I didn't think anything of it," said Tom Zlotow, a neighbor who soon learned that the noises he'd heard from the house right behind his were echoes of the most sensational crime in the history of Beverly Hills. "I didn't even think it could be gunfire, especially around here."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 29, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Thieves stole laptop computers containing the names and Social Security numbers of every registered voter in Nashville from the election commission offices over the Christmas holiday, authorities said. The computers also contain voters' addresses and phone numbers, Election Commissioner Ray Barrett said.
December 28, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Egypt has formed a committee to recover stolen antiques from its 5,000-year-old civilization that are sold at auctions and found in museums around the world. The committee will coordinate with museums and auction houses and empower the country's diplomats to retrieve objects identified as stolen, the Cairo-based Supreme Council of Antiquities said.
November 24, 2007 | Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writer
The puppies in the window looked secure enough. The pricey pooches were protected by metal bars, two locked doors, alarm sensors and video surveillance cameras. But for the second time in about two weeks, a pet dealer reported that a thief had squeezed into his Puppy Love pet store in La Mirada early Friday morning and snatched nearly a dozen Yorkshire terriers, Schnauzers and other dogs worth an estimated $15,000. "I'm really mad this time," said Paul Ro, who owns the shop with his wife, Tina.
August 9, 2007 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
Hollywood security guard Lillian Price marched determinedly along the Walk of Fame, anxious to investigate this missing person case personally. She walked past William Bendix's brass star, past William Powell's, past George Sanders'. She stopped short in front of Ann Sothern's polished terrazzo sidewalk square and stared through the barricade on the Vine Street sidewalk. "They're gone!" Price exclaimed. "The stars are gone -- they're missing in action!"
August 2, 2007 | Christopher Knight, Times Staff Writer
The most dramatic outcome of Wednesday's eagerly anticipated news of a deal between Italy and the Getty Museum over looted antiquities concerned the fate of Aphrodite. The monumental 5th century BC goddess, believed by many to be from the ancient Greek city of Morgantina on the island of Sicily, is easily among the greatest ancient sculptures in an American museum collection. Now it is among 40 works the Getty has agreed to return to Italy.
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