November 3, 2011 |
Law enforcement officials in Montgomery and Lehigh counties on Thursday reported busting up a retail fraud scheme in which thieves resold online merchandise they had bought at knock-down prices from Target. The knock-down, officials said Thursday, was done by the thieves themselves. In 46 cases from February to July of this year, they affixed fake UPC labels they had created to pricey items on Target's shelves. The UPC stickers allowed the thieves to buy items at steeply discounted prices.
October 27, 2011 |
Police are looking for the determined burglars who cut their way through a roof, two walls and a metal cage to steal $150,000 worth of gold and diamond jewelry from a South Philadelphia store. The theft at GBA Jewelry in the Hoa Binh Shopping Plaza on the 1600 block of Washington Avenue was discovered 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, police said. To get to the loot, the thieves cut their way through the roof into a beauty salon and then breached a wall into a neighboring restaurant and a second wall between the eatery and jewelry store, police said.
October 23, 2011 |
BEIJING - On the night of May 8, a pint-size thief broke into an exhibit hall in the Forbidden City and made off with $1.5 million worth of gold-and-jewel-encrusted boxes, eluding a vaunted security system designed to protect the long-ago emperors of China from barbarian invaders. Shi Bokui, 28, a migrant worker with a sixth-grade education, was caught three days later. He had left fingerprints on a glass display case and then went to an Internet cafe and registered under his own name.
October 15, 2011
An old-time newspaper editor who's been in the business for many years said he'd never heard of this one before: Thieves steal bridge. The Associated Press reports out of Western Pennsylvania that two brothers have been arrested in the theft of a bridge in a wooded area of Lawrence County along a railroad line about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh. Authorities said the thieves apparently wanted to sell the corrugated steel for scrap. Arrested were 24-year-old Benjamin Arthur Jones and 25-year-old Alexander William Jones, both of New Castle.
October 15, 2011 |
In another sign of the lure of precious metals in a tight economy, two local hospitals announced Friday that thieves stole scrap X-rays last month, presumably to harvest silver from them. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Lankenau Medical Center said they were concerned about the thefts primarily because of patient privacy issues. Some of the stolen films may have included patients' names and birth dates, although they did not include Social Security numbers, addresses, or financial information.
October 11, 2011 |
While temperatures are finally dropping, an unusual crime wave in the western suburbs is heating up. Thieves are stealing air conditioners - more precisely, the copper tubing that makes up their internal components. Since late August, hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of large commercial and residential units have been taken or damaged as criminals attempt to pilfer the metal and sell it for scrap. With copper prices hovering around $3 a pound, a typical haul might net the thief $400 worth of metal but leave a $4,000 unit worthless, police said.
September 30, 2011
Delaware state police are looking for the thieves who stole copper grounding wires from two power substations, triggering a blackout that affected 30,000 customers. The theft of the 250 feet of wire, valued at $1,000, also caused $100,000 worth of damage to the two Delmarva Power & Light substations across the street from each other south of Bethany Beach, police said. - Inquirer staff
September 29, 2011 |
Delaware State Police are looking for the thieves who stole copper grounding wires from two power substations, triggering a blackout that affected 30,000 customers. The theft of the 250-feet of wire valued at $1,000 also caused $100,000 in damage to the two DP&L substations across the street from each other south of Bethany Beach, police said. Police said the thieves scaled fences around the substations about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday and cut grounding wires attached to several poles and transformers.
September 24, 2011 |
A MAN WHOSE lifeless body was found sprawled across Cottage Avenue near Levick Street in Mayfair yesterday afternoon apparently overdosed on drugs before being dumped from a car that sped away about 4 p.m., police said. The unidentified man was taken to Aria Hospital-Frankford and was pronounced dead at 4:40 p.m. Police found the getaway truck, and were questioning a man about the incident last night. It was one incident in a very busy night for Philadelphia police. About 4 p.m., a robbery suspect fought with a man in front of a McDonald's on Germantown Avenue near Chelten, and used an umbrella to stab the victim in his face before running off. Police said the man, who knew his attacker, was treated at the scene.
September 17, 2011 |
SOME BURGLARS are stealthy. They'll pick a lock, swipe the diamonds you rarely wear, and leave no evidence behind. You might not notice what's missing for weeks or months. And then there's Britney Singleton and Harley Gifford, the 19-year-old lesbian lovers who Upper Darby police say ransacked more than two dozen houses this summer, stealing everything from flat-screen TVs to facial creams - and turning back only when, the women insist, a lion greeted them inside one of the homes.