December 26, 2013 |
If you're one of the many lucky Americans to receive a new smartphone this holiday season, congratulations! But watch out for thieves -- and policymakers with bad ideas on how to stop them. In particular, two elected officials in the Bay Area are proposing to make mobile devices less attractive to thieves by making them more attractive to malicious hackers. OK, that's not their intent (I hope). It's just one potential result if a proposal by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and San Francisco Dist.
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December 23, 2013 |
Four burglars who broke into a Pasadena home Friday made off with Christmas presents, piggy banks and the ashes of the homeowner's parents. Pasadena Police Lt. Jason Clawson told KTLA-TV that the burglary occurred around 1 p.m. Friday in the 900 block of North Madison Avenue. The homeowner, who only identified himself by his first name, Griffin, told KTLA that the burglars were captured on surveillance video. Griffin said all the family's Christmas presents were stolen, as were televisions and his children's piggy banks.
December 15, 2013 |
Armed assailants posing as police officers forced their way into home in Diamond Bar on Sunday night, tied up the residents and fled, authorities said. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies responded about 8:45 to a report of a home invasion in the 400 block of Charmingdale Road, Lt. Edward Wells said. Wells said multiple suspects wearing police windbreakers entered the home, but he had no information about the victims or the whereabouts of the suspects. ALSO: At Paul Walker funeral, family and celebrities bid him farewell Crash on 60 Freeway leaves woman dead; DUI suspect arrested 14-year-old girl slain in Compton in possible gang-related shooting Julie.email@example.com Twitter: @julie_cart
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December 6, 2013 |
It was a case of Beverly Hills copper. Except instead of starring Eddie Murphy, police said the caper starred five teenagers accused of knocking out power to street lights in the wealthy city in a doomed effort to steal copper wire, which can be sold for scrap. An officer on patrol about 1:50 a.m. Friday in the residential area of Rexford Drive and Lomitas Avenue in north Beverly Hills noticed lights were out and began scouring for suspicious activity, said Sgt. Max Subin. The officer stopped a vehicle and found the occupants had a trove of tools investigators believe were used to steal copper, Subin said.
December 5, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY -- Authorities sought at least two thieves on Thursday who had seized a truck with radioactive material in central Mexico, while a family who found and took home the exposed stolen container was under medical observation, officials said. The truck was hijacked Monday by gunmen who intercepted it north of Mexico City. It was transporting a large amount of highly active cobalt-60, a radioactive substance used in the treatment of cancer, from a hospital in Tijuana to a nuclear waste storage dump near the capital.
December 4, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - After a frantic search across a wide section of central Mexico, authorities said Wednesday that they had found a stolen truck that was transporting a large amount of dangerous radioactive material, a substance that can be used in making dirty bombs. The truck and its contents were found in the state of Mexico, about 20 miles north of the capital, not far from where they were stolen Monday. But the metal container with the radioactive material had been opened by the thieves, who then chucked it about half a mile from where they abandoned the truck, an official with the Mexican nuclear safety commission told The Times.