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August 7, 1987 | By RACHEL CLARKE, Special to the Daily News
Two travelers were taking a cross-country trip through the Mid-West. After eating lunch at a restaurant, they returned to their car to find that thieves had stolen not only their suitcases, but also the car's bucket seats. The couple continued their drive sitting on lawn chairs. Sounds like a bad joke? Don't get caught laughing. Thousands of thefts occur every year to unsuspecting and/or uninformed tourists. The American Express Travelers Cheques Company has come out with a list of practical tips for safe travel.
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February 14, 2012
ERIE - State Police are looking for whoever stole $40,000 worth of sports collectible cards from a van parked at Presque Isle Downs & Casino. State gaming-enforcement officers told the Erie Times-News that the thieves smashed the window of a van owned by Joseph Hocevar, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. The cards were reported stolen Sunday night. Police did not immediately say why the man had the cards with him at the time. But authorities believe that someone followed him by car to the casino and stole the cards while he was inside.
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December 1, 1992 | By Lea Sitton, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Police last night encircled Center City's Wanamaker building, which was all decked out for the holidays and tempting to would-be thieves. Two men apparently couldn't resist the temptation. Shortly after the last shoppers filed out at 9 p.m., security workers told police they thought they spotted a pair strolling across the store monitors, shopping the aisles of retail-theft heaven. But security couldn't catch anyone. Sixth District police arrived and surrounded the block-square building.
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January 27, 1986 | By Bill Price, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the number of auto thefts on the increase in the area, the Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania has some tips for car owners to avoid becoming victims. While it is impossible to end auto theft, the idea is to make it more difficult for the thieves, said Lee Feldinger, director of information for the Philadelphia-based insurance trade association. A brochure, "Forty-nine Tips to Trip up a Car Thief," is available by calling the association's hotline, 1-800-222-1750. Feldinger's suggestions: Always lock your car and keep the keys with you. Do not leave a spare set inside or outside the car. Thieves know all the hiding places.
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July 1, 1993 | By Stanley M. Brown and Josh Zimmer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENTS
Two men broke through the side wall of Browne's Jewelry Store at Walnut Street and Burlington Avenue in Delanco early yesterday morning and made off with 21 watches valued at $3,300, police said. Police arrested one suspect, who was found in a shed about a block from the store, and are seeking a second man. The thieves punched two holes in a side wall of the store to get inside. John Browne, the store's owner, said the holes were about four feet apart. The second hole, about 3 feet by 18 inches, was made because the burglars could not get through the first hole, police said.
NEWS
June 25, 2010
Two years after Philadelphia officials took initial steps to thwart thieves who steal properties using fraudulent deeds, hundreds of homeowners are still being victimized. So it's good to hear that City Council members Bill Greenlee and Maria Quiñones-Sánchez are taking steps to provide better safeguards. The scam artists who forge paperwork to acquire Philadelphia deeds - effectively stealing homes out from under their unsuspecting owners - are exacting a steep price from law-abiding citizens for living in the city.
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October 4, 1992 | By Sandy Bauers, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Their annual confab was dubbed the "Predators' Ball. " They made big money - but they did it by breaking just about every law in Wall Street's book. They knew they were wrong, and they didn't care. As one trader said to a cohort he had just compromised, "Welcome to the world of being a sleaze. " Welcome, now, to James B. Stewart's Den of Thieves, a fascinating tell-all about one of Wall Street's worst moments. Books on Tape has just released it as a full-length audio (19 1/2 hours; $19.50 rental, $104 purchase)
NEWS
August 20, 2002
RE ELMER Smith's Aug. 7 column: Thank you for have the courage to speak the truth and name all the corporate thieves. Especially the ones in D.C.: Rumsfeld, Cheney and Bush, who also pulled off the biggest coup in American history - 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The GOP continues to rely on people not criticizing the government when we are at war. Well, last time I checked, there had never been any declaration of war, formal or otherwise. President Bush now wants the U.S. to start a confrontation or war with Iraq.
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December 5, 1997 | by Mark McDonald, Daily News Staff Writer
Maybe the theft was a political statement against boring, self-serving rhetoric. But if it was such a statement, thieves who took two wall mounted video cameras in City Council chambers forgot the other two cameras on rear walls. Yesterday's Council session was televised. More likely, somebody saw a way to boost $30,000 in equipment out from under the noses of the city's top politicians. Hearings were held Tuesday but if the cameras were gone, nobody - including the media - noticed.
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August 26, 2000 | by Nicole Weisensee Egan, Daily News Staff Writer
Maybe they did it for money. Or maybe they just needed an easy way to get around town. Whatever the reason, cops are on the lookout for the thieves who took 13 all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles from the Philadelphia Police Department's impound lot early yesterday. "If anyone knows anything about these thefts, please contact us at 215-686-3183," said Capt. Steve Glenn, commander of the Southwest Detective Division, which is handling the case. The thefts occurred sometime between 4:30 and 6:30 a.m. at the lot, he said.
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January 14, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Beware: Don't use the same user name and password on multiple accounts across the Internet, whether it is for Apple iTunes, Twitter, Facebook, a credit card, or a bank. You could fall prey to crooks who last month latched on to user names and passwords from some unknown website and tried them out on American Airlines and United Airlines customers' frequent-flier mileage accounts - to cash in on free travel. Thieves obtained user names and passwords and used them to log into American's AAdvantage and United's MileagePlus, guessing that the log-in information might be the same.
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August 6, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
A FORMER longtime employee at the U.S. Department of Labor's Philadelphia office and a relative were held for trial yesterday on charges that they used credit cards to steal more than $4,100 in gasoline last year. Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan ordered Rhonda Winston, 54, and Maleek Adams, 24, to stand trial on charges of forgery, conspiracy, theft by deception and related counts after a preliminary hearing. The judge dropped a charge of possession of an instrument of crime that both defendants had faced.
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June 13, 2014 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
MARISSA JADE is impossible to ignore. The sizzling model/actress attracts eyeballs - and keeps them glued to her - wherever she goes and whatever she does. Now, the nearly flawless Asian beauty is coming to Wizard Con Philly as a featured guest, and says that though she attends various shows throughout the year, Wizard Con Philly is one of the ones she is looking forward to the most. "I love Philly's atmosphere, the people and the food," Jade said. "I [will] attend . . . as a Cosplay girl.
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February 12, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
West Philadelphia charter school executive Masai Skief pleaded for forgiveness from teachers and students Monday as he was sentenced to three years in prison for embezzling thousands of dollars from the school his father founded. More than 50 supporters packed the courtroom and said in unison that they were ready to give him another chance, but U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond proved less willing to excuse the 32-year-old for his crimes. Skief admitted last month that even after pleading guilty to two counts of wire fraud, he continued to steal from Harambee Institute of Science Technology Charter School, its related nonprofit, and a scholarship fund for low-income students.
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January 1, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
EXTON A band of thieves distracted employees at a jewelry store at Exton Square Mall on Friday and made off with two diamond rings worth about $15,000 in total West Whiteland Township police said. Three of the four thieves entered the Zales store together around 4:15 p.m., then separated and looked at jewelry with different employees, police said. "Two of the subjects were there dealing with one of the employees," detective Scott Pezick said. "They were asking them different questions.
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August 14, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cutting power lines and employing blowtorches, thieves have targeted bank ATMs and pharmacies over the last few months, stealing more than $100,000 in cash and narcotics, Philadelphia police said Monday. An arrest warrant has been issued for Dennis Woods, 37, also known as Dennis Boyce, with addresses in Deptford and on the 2400 block of American Street in South Philadelphia, Lt. John Walker said at a news conference at the Southwest Detective Division. A task force of Philadelphia police and FBI agents is working on the case.
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August 5, 2013 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ben Perlman knew how to lock up a bike. Every night, the University of Pennsylvania junior said, he latched a U-lock onto the frame of his $400 Cannondale, laced a cable through the wheels, and secured it all to a fat wooden post on the porch of his off-campus house in West Philadelphia. But the city's bike thieves are a determined lot. One morning 18 months ago, Perlman woke up to find it all gone. Including the wooden post. "Which, to me, was impressive," Perlman said.
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July 25, 2013 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Suppose a couple of big-dreaming thieves boosted a flaming yellow Lamborghini and a spit-polished black Bentley from an underground garage at an apartment complex on the edge of Mount Airy. What to do next? Apparently, not very much. The market for stolen ultra-luxe wheels is extremely limited. And even with some long-shot resale plan in mind, there was almost no chance of getting away unnoticed. In this modest, tree-lined neighborhood, the streets are fairly deserted at night.
NEWS
July 16, 2013
CAMDEN - Thieves broke into PNC bank machines in the 100 block of North Broadway Saturday night and stole an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. Authorities responding to a report of smoke coming from the building around 11 p.m. discovered that the ATMs had been tampered with. Police said witnesses reported seeing two black males loading the machines' contents into a black Honda Accord and speeding away. "This was not an act of smash and grab, rather a sophisticated burglary that seemed well-planned utilizing unconventional tools to gain entry into the building and the ATM machines," said Camden County Chief Scott Thomson.
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July 4, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
The copper-wire thieves ended up causing $175,000 worth of losses at Peco substations across Bucks County. They eventually were arrested, and a Peco spokeswoman says they should be glad they got away with their lives. On Tuesday, four of the alleged burglars in the eight-member "loosely associated" group waived their rights to preliminary hearings. Hearings for the four remaining members are scheduled for next week. Police said that during the fall, they pilfered what is known as "grounding wire," which is used to help control voltage, and then sold it for about $3 a pound to a scrap yard in Philadelphia.
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