February 16, 2012 |
Metal scavengers are hampering SEPTA rail and subway service by stealing the wires that power trains and operate signals. Attracted by rising copper prices, thieves are risking their lives to cut wires from overhead poles and between tracks, said Jeffrey Knueppel, SEPTA assistant general manager and chief engineer. In addition to stranding trains, the thefts can imperil passengers. Cut wires can send rogue electric currents running through station hand rails, water pipes, or even the ground.
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.
January 9, 2012 |
Police are looking for a pair of thieves who stole 17 cases of frozen meatballs from a tractor-trailer parked in Old City early today. But why anyone would steal 510 pounds of beef meatballs, they don't know. Police said the driver was sleeping inside the rig on the 500 block of North Columbus Boulevard when the thieves broke the trailer's seal and started unloading the frozen meat around 12:40 a.m. The driver of another truck discovered the heist while it was under way and two meatball thieves sped off in what appeared to be a brown Ford Windstar van.
December 13, 2011 |
Dear Santa Claus, We know what some guys in Northeast Philadelphia deserve this Christmas: A set of handcuffs and slammer time. Three Salvation Army kettles were stolen in recent weeks at two Acmes on Roosevelt Boulevard in the Northeast, according to Randall Thomas, a spokesman for the charity. Each probably contained about $250. A bicycle-riding thief in his late 20s or early 30s even snatched a red kettle - along with the tripod to which it was chained - while racing by the Acme near Solly Avenue, also the site of a second theft.
November 4, 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 knockdown prices from Target. The knockdown, officials said Thursday, was done by the thieves themselves. In 46 cases from February to July, 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.
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.