August 7, 1987 |
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.
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.
December 1, 1992 |
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.
January 27, 1986 |
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.
July 1, 1993 |
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.
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.
October 4, 1992 |
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)
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.
December 5, 1997 |
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.
August 26, 2000 |
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.