Tag: Robberies and Thefts

Man Is Charged With Stealing Truck of New Hampshire Couple Killed in Texas

The authorities in Texas said Wednesday that a 33-year-old Utah man was arrested in Mexico on a charge that he stole the truck and R.V. belonging to a couple whose bodies were found last month on a Texas beach. The man, Adam Curtis Williams, faces a charge of felony theft, according to the Kleberg County […]

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Tippecanoe and a Sword Caper, Too

President William Henry Harrison died in 1841 after just 31 days in the White House. But the sword he carried at the Battle of Tippecanoe is caught up in one last war. The sword and its scabbard were seized by the police in Connecticut last month just minutes before they were to go up for […]

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244-Year-Old Rifle Stolen Decades Ago Is Returned to Museum

A rare Revolutionary War-era rifle stolen from a display case at Valley Forge State Park nearly 50 years ago has been returned to its rightful owners. The five-foot-long rifle was made in 1775 by Johann Christian Oerter, a master gunsmith at the Moravian settlement of Christian’s Spring, near Nazareth, Pa. Only a few signed and […]

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Memphis Clerk Sentenced to 22 Years for Killing Teenager Who Stole Beer

A Memphis store clerk was sentenced Thursday to 22 years in prison for fatally shooting a 17-year-old who had shoplifted a beer, the authorities said. The clerk, Anwar Ghazali, 30, was convicted of second-degree murder in August after a four-day trial. Prosecutors said the teenager, Dorian Harris, grabbed the beer from a cooler around 10 […]

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A Robbery Ring Targeted Indian-Americans. Its Leader Got 37 Years in Prison.

There was a method to the robberies: One crew member, usually a woman, would knock on the door. Then others, donning bandannas and brandishing firearms, would storm the home when someone answered and corral its occupants. While one robber restrained the victims with duct tape and threats of violence, prosecutors said, another would ransack the […]

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The Chocolate Cake That Saved My Vacation

I don’t see how it’s possible to rack up frequent-flier points without racking up mishaps too. There will inevitably be delayed flights, bad meals, drivers who take the long way around town, lost scarves or hours spent wandering in a jet-lagged daze because your room’s not ready. Despite these annoyances — all of which I […]

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Woman Playing Pokémon Go Is Killed After Witnessing Robbery, Police Say

Cayla Campos had a routine: Every night, her father said, the 21-year-old resident of Albuquerque loved to play Pokémon Go with her boyfriend as they drove through Bianchetti Park near her apartment. “It boggles my mind,” the father, Carl Campos, said in an interview on Tuesday night. “Most 21-year-olds are out at clubs. My daughter […]

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How a Band of Surfer Dudes Pulled Off the Biggest Jewel Heist in N.Y. History

For its 150th anniversary, the Museum of Natural History is celebrating its many historic moments, from its 1869 founding, to the 1902 discovery of the first T-Rex skeleton, to the creation of the Teddy Roosevelt statue erected out front in 1940. One milestone not on that list: the biggest jewel heist in New York history, […]

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A Fake Psychologist Treated Troubled Children, Prosecutors Say

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The parents all needed a therapist who could help their children with behavioral and mental health issues. Glenn Payne, 60, appeared to fit the bill. He said he was a neuropsychologist with advanced degrees from the University of California, […]

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Russian Man Pleads Guilty in ‘Massive’ Hacking Scheme

A Russian man pleaded guilty on Monday to taking part in a global, multiyear hacking operation that involved cyberattacks on a dozen American companies and an elaborate scheme to use stolen information to manipulate stocks and run illegal online-gambling businesses. The man, Andrei Tyurin, 35, of Moscow, is the first person to be convicted in […]

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Trump Tower Theft: $353,000 in Jewelry Reported Stolen

Two residents of Trump Tower in Manhattan reported the thefts of jewelry encrusted with diamonds, emeralds and sapphires from their apartments in the building where President Trump also lives when in New York, the police said. Investigators believe the jewelry, worth a total of about $353,000, was stolen from inside two apartments in the building […]

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Golden, Going Gone. 18-Karat Gold Toilet Is Stolen.

The golden go is gone. A solid 18-karat gold toilet, titled “America” by its creator Maurizio Cattelan, was stolen early Saturday from an exhibit at Blenheim Palace, the Oxfordshire birthplace and family home of Winston Churchill. The toilet was part of a larger exhibit featuring Mr. Cattelan’s work that began on Thursday. The police said […]

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The Distinctly American Ethos of the Grifter

EVERY AGE HAS its defining minor characters, those who briefly light up the public’s imagination not for their achievements but for how they personify our anxieties and most fervent human desires. Consider the half-Chinese, half-Malay Princess Caraboo, who in 1817 was kidnapped by pirates from her native island of Javasu in the Indian Ocean and […]

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Worker Stole $90,000 in ‘Lady M’ Cakes and Resold Them, Lawsuit Says

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] As a delivery driver for an upscale bakery favored by celebrity lifestyle gurus, David Lliviganay had access to a warehouse full of some of the most coveted — and costly — cakes in New York City. The bakery, Lady […]

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They Posed as Soldiers in Love. Over 30 People Lost $2.1 Million.

It often started with a hope for love, then quickly turned into a promise of gold. In one tragic case, it ended in death. A woman had struck up a romance on a dating website with a man who said he was a United States soldier stationed overseas. He claimed to have more than $12 […]

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82-Year-Old Slipped by Doormen to Steal $400,000 in Jewelry, Police Say

The old man still had it in him. Samuel Sabatino, 82, might have been expected to spend his days relaxing like a typical retiree in Florida, where he lived. But, the police said, he decided to drive all the way up from Miami to the Upper East Side over the Labor Day weekend for a […]

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