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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."
October 25, 1986
A two-year undercover sting investigation of supply thefts from Camp Pendleton has resulted in the prosecution of 134 people and the recovery of nearly $1.5 million in stolen gas masks, flak jackets, fatigues and other items, Sen. Pete Wilson (R-Calif.) said Friday. Wilson updated results of the joint FBI-Naval Investigative Service inquiry, code-named "Operation Rip-stop," while announcing plans to conduct hearings as chairman of the Senate's special task force on military inventory management.
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.
October 29, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
In the end, Christopher Knight couldn't escape civilization. After vanishing into the woods near Rome, Maine, in 1986 -- and living without human contact for 27 years -- Knight was sentenced Monday to seven months in prison and an intensive reintegration program after pleading guilty to burglary and theft. To survive, officials say, he committed hundreds of thefts and burglaries from local residents. Knight, 47, was unmasked as the North Pond hermit in April after a game warden caught him burgling a kitchen at a camp for children with disabilities.
November 19, 1987 | Associated Press
Two men pleaded not guilty Wednesday to dozens of charges filed against them for their alleged roles in the nighttime sniping attacks in the Blackstone Valley last winter. Superior Court Judge Corinne P. Grande ordered Russell J. Ducharme II of Smithfield and Peter T. Trepanier of Burrillville held without bail. Grande scheduled a pretrial conference for Jan. 19. A grand jury indicted the two men on Nov. 4.
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.
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