Tag: Robberies and Thefts

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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Caught on Video: Jewelry Store to the Stars Is Robbed by Armed Men in Disguises

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] In an era of rampant cybercrime, the jewelry heist that took place in the diamond district in Manhattan on Sunday was decidedly old-school. At about noon, three armed men apparently wearing disguises walked into a jewelry store, hogtied employees […]

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5 Indicted in Identity Theft Scheme That Bilked Millions From Veterans

First, they secretly photographed the Social Security and bank account numbers of thousands of veterans and senior military members on a computer screen at a United States Army base in South Korea. Then, they used the personal information to withdraw or reroute millions of dollars in disability benefits and other payments made to veterans. The […]

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Capital One Hacking Suspect Had Data From Other Targets, Officials Say

The software engineer accused of stealing the personal information of more than 100 million people from Capital One also obtained data from over 30 companies and other organizations, according to federal prosecutors. In a court filing Tuesday, prosecutors said they found multiple terabytes of stolen data from other companies, educational institutions and other organizations on […]

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Old Town Road Is Real, and People Keep Stealing the Street Signs

Old Town Road is a real place. You could probably take a horse there, if you wanted to — except that these days, it might be a little harder to find. A quiet residential street in Wellesley, Mass., was called Old Town Road long before the country-trap song by Lil Nas X became a sensation. […]

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Italian Authorities Make First Arrests in Deadly Nightclub Stampede

ROME — The Italian authorities have detained seven men in connection with a deadly nightclub stampede last year, prosecutors said Saturday, accusing them of belonging to a gang that frequented music venues and pepper-sprayed clubgoers before robbing them. The arrests were the first in an investigation that began after the Dec. 8 stampede at the […]

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‘Too Bad,’ Trump Says of Attempted Break-In at Cummings’s Home

President Trump continued to cast attention on Representative Elijah E. Cummings, the Maryland Democrat, and his hometown of Baltimore on Friday, after an attempted break in at the congressman’s home. The Baltimore Police are investigating a burglary at Mr. Cummings’s home last weekend, which occurred hours before Mr. Trump began assailing Mr. Cummings’s congressional district […]

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John Dillinger’s Body to Be Exhumed From His Concrete-Fortified Grave

CHICAGO — John H. Dillinger, the notoriously elusive bank robber who was gunned down by federal agents outside a movie theater in Chicago in 1934, is expected to be exhumed from an Indiana cemetery in September. The reason is mysterious, in keeping with Mr. Dillinger’s reputation as a gangster who once slipped out of an […]

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2 U.S. Tourists Admit Killing Police Officer in Rome, Officials Say

ROME — Two 19-year-old American tourists were arrested and charged on Saturday with murder and attempted extortion in the fatal stabbing of a military police officer in Rome, Italian officials said. The tourists, identified as Lee Elder Finnegan and Gabriel Christian Natale Hjorth, both born in San Francisco, were accused of stabbing the officer, Deputy […]

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‘Anna Delvey’ Might Not Profit From Netflix Series on Her Life as a Fake Heiress

Anna Sorokin, the fake heiress who bamboozled New York’s elite and is serving time in state prison, may not see any of the proceeds from a deal she signed with Netflix to transform her life story into a television series. The office of the New York State attorney general filed a request in late May […]

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Safe Deposit Boxes Aren’t Safe

In the early 1980s, when Philip Poniz moved to New Jersey from Colorado, he needed a well-protected place to stash his collection of rare watches. He had been gathering unusual pieces since he was a teenager in 1960s Poland, fascinated by their intricate mechanics. His hobby became his profession, and by the time of his […]

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A Teenager Stole a Lemur From a Zoo, and Almost Got Away With It

It was a case worthy of Ace Ventura, the pet detective. Nearly a year after an endangered ring-tailed lemur named Isaac was abducted from a Southern California zoo and then abandoned in front of a nearby hotel with a note for the police, his captor was brought to justice, the authorities said this week. Aquinas […]

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Ex-Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse Was Killed After Placing Craigslist Ad, Police Say

When John Capparelli, a former priest with a long trail of sexual abuse allegations, was found shot to death at his Nevada home in March, the police said that “suspicious circumstances” surrounded the homicide. Now, a suspect has been named: Derrick M. Decoste, 25. The police in Henderson, Nev., where the killing occurred, said in […]

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