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November 18, 2009 | Richard Winton
Professional burglars working in the Westside and Mid-Wilshire areas have targeted more than 50 BMWs in recent months, making away with expensive auto parts but leaving behind cellphones and laptop computers. Air bags that cost thousands of dollars to replace and high-end headlights are being carefully removed from BMW 3 Series and 5 Series models, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Det. Mike Smith, an expert on auto burglaries, said the LAPD's Wilshire Division has seen "close to 40 of these crimes" since April and the West Los Angeles Division has seen 14. "We believe this thief or thieves are getting into these vehicles in record time."
August 22, 2012 | By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A man who allegedly broke into actor-rapper LL Cool J's home suffered a broken nose and jaw at the action star's hands Wednesday morning after what police sources described as a "knock-down, drag-out" fight. LL Cool J, who rose to fame with the aptly named hit song "Mama Said Knock You Out" and portrays a special agent on the CBS drama "NCIS Los Angeles," proved life imitates art and nabbed the burglar inside his expansive Studio City house. When Los Angeles police arrived at the Blairwood Drive home around 1 a.m. Wednesday, LL Cool J had detained the battered and bruised suspect.
April 10, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
The largest wireless carriers are banding together with regulators and law enforcment officials to launch an effort to make stolen cellphones and other mobile devices as useless as an empty wallet. The goal is to cut down on increasing thefts of smartphones by making them less appealing to criminals. AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile USA and Sprint Nextel Corp. said Tuesday they will create a central database to track stolen devices and prevent them from being reactivated.
February 8, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
These days, crime is a low-down dirty business, especially in  Albuquerque. Cheeky crooks are ripping off public toilets. More specifically, they're making off with the metal pipes that automatically flush the toilets. The thieves have reportedly entered fast-food restaurants and other businesses posing as plumbers, which gives them cover for the huge wrench needed to take apart the flush mechanism. According to authorities, the pipes sell for around $30 on the black market but cost businesses about $400 to replace.
January 22, 2000
I thought "old school" was cool. But I'll definitely take J.A. Adande's reference to Indianapolis [Jan. 15] as a small-time town as a compliment. He should be rooting for a Pacer-Laker final. It will give him a chance to flex his sportswriting muscles and actually write about the game. Remember the game? Shooting, passing, dribbling, etc. And with no "night life" in Indiana, hopefully I won't be reading about drugs, sexual assaults, thefts or any other exciting activities for at least three playoff games.
August 11, 1990
Three men were arrested and 248 allegedly stolen color televisions worth an estimated $155,000 were seized Friday from a Pomona warehouse, authorities said. Along with the Sony color televisions, investigators took two forklifts in a raid on the warehouse in the 100 block of South Reservoir Street, Sheriff's Deputy Hal Grant said. Arrested were Jiles Gray, 32, and Mitchell Preston, 41, both of Walnut; and Gerald Walsh, 31, of Los Angeles.
Los Angeles police aren't making a federal case about this--but they could. Thieves have been snatching dozens of ornate mailboxes--sometimes leaving the mail curbside--throughout the west San Fernando Valley. Over the last six weeks, the Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire Division has logged some 62 theft reports. In the West Valley, about 40 mailboxes were reported stolen. While it is a federal crime to steal property used by the U.S.
April 26, 1989 | JEAN DAVIDSON, Times Staff Writer
UC Irvine police are on the trail of a ring of thieves who have broken into dozens of offices during the last year and made off with $120,000 worth of computer and electronic equipment through underground tunnels that link university buildings. The thieves, who have struck primarily during holiday breaks and over long weekends when there are few people on campus, are believed to include students and university employees, according to UC Irvine Police Lt. William Miller. They have master keys--perhaps obtained in previous breaks--and consistently take only the most valuable computer equipment.
May 26, 1988 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, Times Staff Writer
Officer Michael Stark has an uncanny knack for finding stolen cars. Some of his fellow officers in the Bell-Cudahy Police Department joke that "hot" cars actually talk to him. Others accuse Stark, a 13-year veteran of the force, of being a human bloodhound able to sniff out heisted vehicles. Still others say he is just lucky. Take the other night, for instance. About 1:45 a.m., Stark turned his cruiser onto Atlantic Avenue and slowly headed south toward Cecilia Street in Cudahy.
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