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March 3, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The FBI has recovered a painting that appears to be a Norman Rockwell work stolen from suburban St. Louis more than three decades ago. Law enforcement officials believe the painting could be the original of Rockwell's "Russian Schoolroom," snatched during a late-night burglary at a gallery in Clayton, Mo., on June 25, 1973. "We think we have located it. It has not been authenticated," said FBI spokesman Pete Krusing.
February 21, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Three Seal Beach Jail workers will be arraigned today on charges they stole a Sony PlayStation from an inmate and then manipulated documents to cover up the crime, authorities said Tuesday. Victor Calzada, 29, Fred Madrigal, 21, and Michael Navarro, 22, all non-city employees, are accused of taking the video console in September 2006 from an inmate who was transferred from Seal Beach to the Orange County Jail for failing to comply with a work release program.
February 17, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Riverside County Sheriff's Department deputy was arrested Thursday evening on suspicion of grand theft and possession of stolen property. Sheriff's officials said Juan Cisneros, 36, of Hesperia stole a duffel bag filled with laptops and electronics. The department's professional standards division launched an investigation after the Perris station, where Cisneros worked, received a complaint from a citizen about the theft.
February 10, 2007 | J. Michael Kennedy, Times Staff Writer
It's been more than a month since the burglar broke into Mark Kashper's home and stole his violins, the ones worth a small fortune. Each day, Kashper hopes the phone will ring and it will be police with the good news that the instruments been recovered. But nothing yet. No word from the pawn shops. No tips from informants. Nothing. And the prevailing theory is that the crook who took them doesn't know that the violins are worth about $300,000.
January 27, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A computer holding personal and financial information on 5,100 Vanguard University students and some of their parents was stolen last week, police said Friday. The theft from the school's financial aid office happened over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. The computer contained federal student-aid applications for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 academic years. The university sent letters to affected and prospective students, advising them how to avoid potential identity theft.
January 26, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A special German panel ruled Thursday against returning a valuable collection of rare posters stolen by the Nazis to the son of the artwork's Jewish owner. Peter Sachs was only a year old in 1938 when his father's collection of 12,500 posters was seized and his family fled Germany for the United States. Sachs, 69, of Sarasota, Fla.
December 21, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A painting turned over to Communist Party officials in Moscow on Wednesday is believed to be a 19th century French work stolen from Russia's State Hermitage Museum five years ago, officials said. Communist Party leader Gennady A. Zyuganov said a man whom he did not identify brought a package into the party's parliamentary offices. Inside was a painting that had been cut into four pieces.
December 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A Boeing Co. laptop computer containing the names and Social Security numbers of 382,000 employees and retirees has been stolen, putting them at risk for identity theft and credit card fraud. The theft, which was confirmed Tuesday, was the third such incident at Boeing in a little more than a year. Files on the computer also contained home addresses, phone numbers and birth dates. Some of the files listed salary information.
December 11, 2006 | Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino, Times Staff Writers
The J. Paul Getty Museum plans to announce today the return of two prized ancient masterpieces to Greece, which has maintained for a decade that they were illegally removed from the country, according to two sources familiar with recent negotiations. The objects are a rare funerary wreath and a marble statue of a woman, both dating to about 400 BC. The Getty bought both objects in 1993 for a total of $4.45 million.
November 24, 2006 | Maria De Cristofaro, Times Staff Writer
Saying it was blindsided by the decision of the J. Paul Getty Museum to end talks over disputed antiquities, Italy on Thursday lashed out at the Los Angeles institution and reiterated demands for the return of precious artworks. Culture Minister Francesco Rutelli stopped short, however, of imposing unilateral sanctions against the Getty, such as a previously threatened embargo that would in effect end all cultural cooperation.
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