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December 4, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
A 21-year-old San Francisco man has been charged with murder after prosecutors say he botched an attempt to rob a man selling a Playstation 4 video game console. Ronnie Collins fatally shot Ikenna Uwakah, 22, of Daly City four times in broad daylight on Dec. 1, according to a statement from the San Francisco district attorney's office. Uwakah and his girlfriend posted an advertisement listing the Playstation 4 for sale on Instagram and Craigslist and the couple were meeting with Collins to complete the transaction, district attorney spokesman Alex Bastian told The Times on Wednesday.
November 29, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Two men were arrested in connection with the identity theft of U.S. Army Reserve officers who were on active duty in Afghanistan, authorities said. Mauro Cortez, 25, and Rigoberto Cortez, 29, were arrested Wednesday after the Los Angeles County Identity Theft Task Force served a search warrant at a home in Pomona, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The men were allegedly provided the identity information of more than five U.S. Army Reserve officers who were serving overseas in Afghanistan and then used it to establish lines of credit and buy cars. Deputies found evidence at the home allegedly linking the Cortez men to the identity theft.  The loss is estimated to be more than $100,000.
November 28, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Authorities say they have broken up a burglary ring that targeted medical conferences at high-end Southern California hotels. Mayra Alejandra Gutierrez-Leon, 27 , and Eddwin Ricardo Bejaranobarrios , 26, both of Los Angeles, were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing electronics from conference attendees at hotels in Orange and Los Angeles counties, the Newport Beach Police Department said. When people at the conference were on a break, Gutierrez-Leon and Bejaranobarrios used a “distraction technique” to take bags that contained laptops, iPads and iPhones, said Jennifer Manzella of the Newport Beach Police Department in a prepared statement.
November 26, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
A deeper data dive on our recent post on motorcycle thefts in 2012 has produced some better information on specific makes and models. And Honda wins again. The original story , based on a new study from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, pointed out that Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki led the league, and by brand were the most-stolen motorcycle makes. It also assured California residents, and those living in L.A. County, that we are, indeed, No. 1. Our state and county led the nation for all motorcycle thefts for the year.
November 25, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
Nothing says "love" quite like theft. And motorcycle thieves just love their Hondas, Yamahas and Suzukis. They particularly love stealing them in California -- especially Los Angeles. The state and county led the nation in bike thefts for 2012. The three Japanese marques were the most-stolen brands in the top locations last year, according to a new study from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, which reported that overall thefts of two-wheelers dropped slightly from 2011. Honda led the league, representing 20% of all motorcycles stolen, with Yamaha (16%)
November 23, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Dusk had settled on virtual Los Angeles, and I'd just hit a few pedestrians and smashed my stolen roadster near City Hall. The sound of police sirens was getting closer, and the nearest vehicle was an idling delivery truck. I pulled the driver out, kicked him a few times and jumped in the front seat. As I sped off, the car radio started playing. Bingo! Charlie Feathers' grim country weeper " I Can't Hardly Stand It" poured forth. All was well in the realm of Los Santos, the fake L.A. setting of "Grand Theft Auto V. " A city that players cruise while embarking on missions, stealing cars and causing general mayhem, Los Santos is a vividly - and darkly - crafted place.
November 17, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 L.A. Roosevelt players didn't just lose a City Section playoff game to Dorsey on Friday. Six of the players reported having cellphones stolen from the locker room at Jackie Robinson Stadium and three had wallets stolen, Coach Javier Cid said. "I don't know how they got in," Cid said. Cid said several players went to report the theft Saturday morning to authorities. Among the phones stolen were iPhones. The team decided not to bring out its gear during the game. The players learned of the theft after the game that Dorsey won, 22-7.
November 17, 2013 | By Anh Do
Hemet police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 77-year-old man in what may have been a theft-related crime, authorities said.  Officers arriving at the scene in the 2800 block of Fruitvale Avenue on Saturday evening found the victim sprawled on the ground inside a garage, suffering from a single gunshot wound, said Hemet police Lt. Duane Wisehart. Authorities rushed to the neighborhood after the Riverside County coroner's office learned of the shooting about 8:15 p.m. Paramedics transported the victim to Hemet Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead an hour later.
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.
October 23, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Alhambra police arrested a transient Wednesday who detectives suspect  stole two laptops containing 729,000 patient files from a hospital group's administration building. Christopher Lee Brown, 36, also known as Allen Marcous, was taken into custody at 8:52 a.m. in connection with the Oct. 12 thefts of two laptops, said Sgt. Jerry Johnson of the Alhambra Police Department. The laptops have not yet been recovered, he said. Brown was allegedly seen on a security video breaking into a sixth-floor office on a medical campus in Alhambra.
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