August 5, 2013 |
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.
July 25, 2013 |
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.
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.
July 4, 2013 |
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.
May 30, 2013 |
AN ATM repairman learned the hard way the importance of locking his car doors when two men stole a bag from his unlocked car in North Philly's Hartranft section Tuesday afternoon. The heist was a jackpot for the thieves, because the bag contained $76,000 in cash, police said. Police now are asking for the public's help to identify the thieves, who were caught on surveillance video. The incident occurred when the repairman entered the Rose Garden restaurant to service the cash machine, leaving his Mazda 5 unlocked at 10th Street and Susquehanna Avenue about 4:30 p.m., police said.
May 11, 2013 |
NEW YORK - A gang of cyber-criminals stole $45 million in a matter of hours by hacking their way into a database of prepaid debit cards and then fanning out around the globe to drain cash machines, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch called it "a massive 21st-century bank heist" and compared its size to the Lufthansa heist in the late 1970s immortalized in the film Goodfellas . Lynch said the fraudsters had moved with astounding speed to loot financial institutions around the world.
March 20, 2013 |
The perfect crime has long been a concept best left to Hollywood writers, not East Coast goodfellas. But this one was close. As St. Patrick's Day came to an end 23 years ago, two men dressed as police got into Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, cuffed the guards to a basement pipe, and made off with 13 works of art, including ones by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Degas. The loot, valued at $500 million, made the heist the largest in U.S. history. On Monday, the FBI shone a new spotlight on the old crime, one with a local twist.
March 10, 2013 |
BEIJING - Beijing has hotly denied accusations of official involvement in massive cyberattacks against foreign targets, insinuating such activity is the work of rogues. But at least one element cited by Internet experts points to professional cyberspies: China's hackers take the weekend off. Accusations of state-sanctioned hacking took center stage last month after a detailed report by a U.S.-based Internet security firm Mandiant. It added to growing suspicions that the Chinese military was not only stealing national defense secrets and harassing dissidents but also pilfering information from foreign companies that could be worth millions or even billions of dollars.
February 21, 2013 |
BRUSSELS, Belgium - When the armored car set off for the Brussels airport carrying $50 million worth of precious stones from Antwerp's diamond district, eight gunmen knew all about it. One of the biggest diamond heists in recent memory was about to go down. The thieves surely knew it would be too risky to make their move in Antwerp, which is the world capital of diamond-cutting, 27 miles from the airport. The city's diamond industry has 2,000 surveillance cameras, police monitoring, and countless identity controls to protect its $200 million in daily trade of rough and polished gems.
February 8, 2013 |
JOHN MOGCK lost his wife twice. The first time was in November, when Rita Mogck died of ovarian cancer. She passed away in their Bustleton home. They were married 48 years. The second time was on Jan. 24. That morning, burglars invaded Mogck's home and carted off a bedroom safe. It contained Mogck's collection of rare gold and silver coins, $4,000 in cash and all his important documents. It also held Rita's ashes. Mogck, 71, planned to fly with them to Hanau, Germany - Rita's birthplace - for burial.