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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1991
Many youths get into law enforcement through the police Explorer Scouts, but a 16-year-old Palmdale Scout got involved the wrong way, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Thursday. After two years of volunteer service, he was arrested on suspicion of stealing guns from deputies at the department's Antelope Valley Station, Sgt. Bobby Denham said. Handguns, ammunition and other equipment had been disappearing from the sheriff's station over the past three months, he said.
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NEWS
January 1, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The commander in chief of Soviet troops in what was East Germany was fired after two senior officers deserted and stole missiles and other armaments, the government newspaper Izvestia reported. Gen. Boris Snetkov lost his command after the desertions of Lt. Col. M. Kolesnikov, a regimental commander, and Capt. G. Moiseyenko, leader of a supply unit, Izvestia said. Col. Anatoly Korotkov of the military procurator's office said two missiles, three tank shells and other armaments are missing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1989 | DAVID FREED, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles City Council members have directed Police Chief Daryl F. Gates to meet with them to discuss allegations that officers pilfered and sold parts from hundreds of confiscated guns destined for destruction. Gates is to appear July 3 before the council's Police, Fire and Public Safety Committee. The committee's chairman, Councilman Richard Alatorre, introduced a motion Wednesday requesting the meeting after The Times reported that the former commander of the Police Department's firearms and explosives section had accused officers in the unit of stripping and selling parts from confiscated guns for personal profit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1989 | DAVID FREED, Times Staff Writer
An internal investigation into allegations that Los Angeles police officers pilfered and sold parts from hundreds of confiscated guns has implicated the department's lead firearms examiner, who recently gained public attention for apparently botching a major murder investigation. Sources said that Detective Jimmy L. Trahin, 42, a nationally known firearms expert, is one of two officers alleged to have been the most-active participants in the scheme to make outside money through the sale of confiscated weapons parts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1989
Two rare Japanese swords, part of a $1-million collection stolen in a 1981 Hollywood Hills burglary, have been recovered and a Hawthorne man arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen property, police said Friday. Los Angeles and Hawthorne police said they arrested Richard Gonsalves, 55, Thursday night after searching his home and finding the two swords, one of which dates from the 15th Century and is reportedly worth $30,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1989
A Lancaster collector has returned two 304-pound Civil War cannons valued at more than $15,000 each that were stolen from a Michigan cemetery in August. Police in Gladwin, Mich., said Doug Howser did not know the Dahlgren Boat howitzers had been stolen when he bought them from a Michigan man for $2,900. The 36-inch bronze cannons were manufactured in 1854 and used on Union ships during the Civil War.
NEWS
July 28, 1988
The United States has suspended military and economic talks with Qatar to protest the Persian Gulf sheikdom's unauthorized acquisition of Stinger missiles. Assistant Secretary of State Richard W. Murphy told the House subcommittee on Europe and the Middle East that the suspension will remain in place until Qatar returns the missiles to the United States. U.S.
NEWS
April 11, 1988
Indian security forces fear that Sikh extremists have acquired at least four U.S. Stinger missiles, giving them the capability of shooting down aircraft. An intelligence source in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar said he believes the surface-to-air missiles have been acquired in the last 30 days by extremists fighting for a Sikh homeland in the north Indian state of Punjab.
NEWS
November 12, 1987 | Associated Press
A self-propelled, 30-ton Army artillery piece was stolen from Ft. Carson early Wednesday and driven about 70 miles along Interstate 25 before it ran out of fuel in Denver. Two men inside, a young soldier and a civilian, were arrested, authorities said. The 155-millimeter howitzer, "a big cannon on tracks," was not carrying ammunition, said Sgt. John Millar, an Army public information officer at Ft. Carson, near Colorado Springs. Post Notified The incident began shortly after 1 a.m.
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