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September 12, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man hired to clean band instruments for rural elementary school districts has been arrested on suspicion of pawning dozens of trombones, trumpets and flutes. Joseph Rogers, 42, is accused of pawning instruments from school districts in Kingsburg in Fresno County. He was also hired by the Traver school district, where officials reported missing instruments to sheriff's officials Sept. 1.
September 9, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A Madrid museum said Friday it would appeal a U.S. court decision to keep open a lawsuit seeking the return of a disputed Impressionist masterpiece allegedly stolen by the Nazis from a Jewish family during World War II. The case involves ownership of "Rue St.-Honore, Apres-Midi, Effet de Pluie," a Parisian street scene painted by Camille Pissarro in 1897, which is estimated to be worth $20 million. On Aug.
September 1, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Two ancient Greek artifacts that officials said had been smuggled out of the country came home Thursday as part of an agreement with the J. Paul Getty Museum. A 2,400-year-old, black limestone stele and a marble votive relief dating from about 490 BC went on display at Athens' National Archaeological Museum only hours after being flown in from L.A.
August 31, 2006 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
When a thief ripped off two surveillance cameras outside a Riverside dentist's office last week, he appeared to make a clean getaway. His pudgy, mustached face also appeared live, on camera, while he was taking them down. Riverside police nabbed Charles Posvar, 35, this week after more than a dozen tipsters identified him from the camera footage, which was recorded inside the dentist's office and later broadcast throughout Southern California on news programs.
August 23, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Dozens of bronze grave vases and markers apparently stolen from cemeteries have been recovered from a recycling center, authorities said. Police spokeswoman Monica Munoz said someone called police after seeing scores of markers bearing the name of a local cemetery at a scrap yard. No arrests have been made. San Diego-area cemeteries have reported hundreds of thefts in recent months as the price of scrap metal has gone up.
August 11, 2006 | From the Associated Press
President Vladimir Putin ordered top officials to conduct a nationwide inventory of 50 million artworks at Russian museums, concerned that other treasures may be missing following the theft of $5-million worth of valuables from the famed Hermitage. Putin on Thursday told Cabinet officials to set up a commission by Sept. 1 to conduct the inventory, the president's office said.
June 29, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The Veterans Affairs worker faulted for losing veterans' personal information had permission to access millions of Social Security numbers on a laptop from home, documents obtained by the Associated Press show. The department's documents raise questions as to whether top officials condoned a practice that led to a theft with the potential to affect 26.5 million veterans and active-duty troops.
June 20, 2006 | Jason Felch, Tracy Wilkinson and Ralph Frammolino, Times Staff Writers
The J. Paul Getty Trust is prepared to return as many as 21 contested antiquities to Italy, its most significant concession to date, to settle a long-standing dispute with Italian authorities over allegedly looted art, according to sources familiar with the strategy. Getty negotiators could formally offer to return the objects, which include at least three masterpieces on display at the Getty Villa, as early as today in talks with Italian cultural officials, the sources said.
June 10, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A $100,000 pair of diamond earrings was stolen from a locked storage case at the Neiman Marcus store at the Stanford Shopping Center, but investigators are not sure how or when the jewelry disappeared, officials said. The disappearance of the dime-sized diamonds was discovered May 27 during a routine inventory, Palo Alto Police Sgt. John Costa said Friday. There was no evidence of a break-in, and investigators have not ruled out shoplifting or theft by an employee, Costa said.
June 3, 2006 | From Bloomberg News, a unit of Internet travel agency Expedia Inc., said addresses and credit card information for about 243,000 of its customers were on a laptop computer stolen from the car of an employee at auditing firm Ernst & Young. The laptop was a random theft, and none of the information seems to have been accessed, spokesman Paul Kranhold said.
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