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September 12, 1993 | LESLIE BERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 11 members of the Tri-Valley Allstars rose before dawn Saturday, dressed in their softball uniforms and gathered at Grant High School in Van Nuys by 5:30 a.m., surrounded by sleeping bags and flashlights and eager to leave for a statewide Special Olympics meet in San Diego. But instead of piling into the 15-passenger van their coach had rented and packed with equipment and snacks, the team learned that the vehicle had been stolen during the night and that their trip was canceled.
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February 8, 1995 | STEVE RYFLE
Two employees of an armored car company were arrested in connection with the theft of "a large amount of cash" over the weekend, Burbank police said Tuesday. Hugh Doswell Jr., 28, of Los Angeles and Corlies Jones, 25, of Adelanto were being held Tuesday at the Burbank city jail in lieu of $100,000 bail each. Doswell was arraigned in Burbank Municipal Court on grand theft charges, and Jones was expected to be arraigned today.
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September 25, 1991
A teen-ager was fatally shot while fleeing after an unsuccessful attempt to steal a motorcycle in Chatsworth, Los Angeles police reported Tuesday. Matthew Lee Thomas, 18, of Simi Valley, was pronounced dead at West Valley Hospital and Health Center after the shooting that occurred about 11:50 p.m. Monday, Sgt. Mike Sonntag said. Witnesses told police they saw Thomas trying to steal a motorcycle parked in the 20000 block of Lassen Street and interrupted him.
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January 5, 1995 | JEFF SCHNAUFER and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It was certainly an unusual sight--a man in civilian clothes tooling about town in a military transport vehicle with its lights out at 1 in the morning. * And the driver wore this bright orange- and green-striped cap. "Maybe that was the first clue," police spokesman Rodney Brooks said. Then, when a police officer who stopped him asked where he got the Humvee, an unarmed, Jeep-style vehicle used in the Persian Gulf War, the driver said President Clinton gave it to him. That was the second clue.
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July 31, 1992 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
David McFarland of North Hills met up with an old acquaintance Thursday, but probably did not enjoy the reunion. The encounter took place after two tree trimmers became suspicious when they discovered more motorcycles than branches at a North Hills house Wednesday.
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February 8, 1995 | STEVE RYFLE
Two employees of an armored car company were arrested in connection with the theft of "a large amount of cash" over the weekend, Burbank police said Tuesday. Hugh Doswell Jr., 28, of Los Angeles and Corlies Jones, 25, of Adelanto were being held Tuesday at the Burbank city jail in lieu of $100,000 bail each. Doswell was arraigned in Burbank Municipal Court on grand theft charges, and Jones was expected to be arraigned today.
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April 21, 1994
Two armed bandits hijacked an armored truck near Universal Studios early Wednesday and drove it to a nearby residential area before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash, authorities said. A Wells Fargo guard was stopped by a man armed with a semiautomatic handgun about 6:15 a.m. when the guard returned to the truck after making a delivery to an automated teller machine near the entrance to the Universal Studios Tour, 1000 Universal Plaza, Los Angeles Police Lt. Ken Lady said.
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January 5, 1995 | JEFF SCHNAUFER and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It was certainly an unusual sight--a man in civilian clothes tooling about town in a military transport vehicle with its lights out at 1 in the morning. * And the driver wore this bright orange- and green-striped cap. "Maybe that was the first clue," police spokesman Rodney Brooks said. Then, when a police officer who stopped him asked where he got the Humvee, an unarmed, Jeep-style vehicle used in the Persian Gulf War, the driver said President Clinton gave it to him. That was the second clue.
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January 1, 1995 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two passengers in an allegedly stolen van were killed and the driver critically injured early Saturday when a one-mile police chase ended in a crash, authorities said. The driver of another vehicle, which was hit in the 2:40 a.m. accident, suffered a broken leg, police said. According to police reports, a witness saw two men and a woman steal the van from a North Hollywood business shortly after midnight and drive through a locked gate in the 11800 block of Sherman Way.
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June 12, 1988 | PATRICK McDONNELL, Times Staff Writer
In spring last year, the jacaranda trees were blooming a soft violet, and Ned Lemke had the unsettling experience of seeing a car-- his car, unmistakably his silver-colored 1977 Datsun 280Z, the same one that had been ripped off in front of his house two weeks earlier--parked along 2nd Avenue near downtown San Diego. The vehicle looked all right, if somewhat worn, but there was one very telling difference: It carried powder-blue Baja California license plates.
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January 1, 1995 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two passengers in an allegedly stolen van were killed and the driver critically injured early Saturday when a one-mile police chase ended in a crash, authorities said. The driver of another vehicle, which was hit in the 2:40 a.m. accident, suffered a broken leg, police said. According to police reports, a witness saw two men and a woman steal the van from a North Hollywood business shortly after midnight and drive through a locked gate in the 11800 block of Sherman Way.
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April 21, 1994
Two armed bandits hijacked an armored truck near Universal Studios early Wednesday and drove it to a nearby residential area before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash, authorities said. A Wells Fargo guard was stopped by a man armed with a semiautomatic handgun about 6:15 a.m. when the guard returned to the truck after making a delivery to an automated teller machine near the entrance to the Universal Studios Tour, 1000 Universal Plaza, Los Angeles Police Lt. Ken Lady said.
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September 12, 1993 | LESLIE BERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 11 members of the Tri-Valley Allstars rose before dawn Saturday, dressed in their softball uniforms and gathered at Grant High School in Van Nuys by 5:30 a.m., surrounded by sleeping bags and flashlights and eager to leave for a statewide Special Olympics meet in San Diego. But instead of piling into the 15-passenger van their coach had rented and packed with equipment and snacks, the team learned that the vehicle had been stolen during the night and that their trip was canceled.
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July 31, 1992 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
David McFarland of North Hills met up with an old acquaintance Thursday, but probably did not enjoy the reunion. The encounter took place after two tree trimmers became suspicious when they discovered more motorcycles than branches at a North Hills house Wednesday.
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September 25, 1991
A teen-ager was fatally shot while fleeing after an unsuccessful attempt to steal a motorcycle in Chatsworth, Los Angeles police reported Tuesday. Matthew Lee Thomas, 18, of Simi Valley, was pronounced dead at West Valley Hospital and Health Center after the shooting that occurred about 11:50 p.m. Monday, Sgt. Mike Sonntag said. Witnesses told police they saw Thomas trying to steal a motorcycle parked in the 20000 block of Lassen Street and interrupted him.
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June 19, 1988 | PATRICK McDONNELL, Times Staff Writer
In spring last year, the jacaranda trees were blooming a soft violet, and Ned Lemke had the unsettling experience of seeing a car-- his car, unmistakably his silver-colored 1977 Datsun 280Z, the same one that had been ripped off in front of his house two weeks earlier--parked on 2nd Avenue near downtown San Diego. The vehicle looked all right, if somewhat worn, but there was one very telling difference: It carried powder-blue Baja California license plates.
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