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  • Five King City police officers arrested [UPDATE: see post #18]

    02/25/2014 10:43:43 AM PST · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    The Monterey County Herald ^ | February 25, 2014 | Virginia Hennessey
    Prosecutors confirmed Tuesday that five King City police officers, including the former and acting chiefs of police, were arrested early this morning. Chief Assistant District Attorney Terry Spitz said details of the arrests and charges against the officers would be announced at a press conference at 2 p.m. in Salinas. The officers arrested were longtime Chief Nick Baldiviez, who retired in September, Acting Chief Bruce Miller, Sgt. Bobby Carrillo and officers Mario Mottu Sr. and Jaime Andrade.
  • Top 10 cities for car thefts

    06/28/2013 4:52:45 AM PDT · by detective · 22 replies
    yahoo autos ^ | Jun 26, 2013 | Matt Schmitz
    In 1964, California crooners the Beach Boys sang about having "fun, fun, fun, 'til her daddy takes the T-bird away." Well, nearly 50 years later, Golden State residents still have to worry about someone snatching their ride from them — but it's not their daddy. The Des Plaines, Ill.-based National Insurance Crime Bureau has released its "Hot Spots" vehicle-theft report for 2012, and California once again dominates as a "hotbed for hot cars." Of the top 10 hot spots for per-capita vehicle theft, California lays claim to eight, and the state of Washington to the balance. The NICB's list reviews...
  • Florida Files: Rental Camaro Theft Thwarted by Four Flat Tires

    05/12/2013 12:18:43 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 4 replies
    Chevy Hardcore ^ | 5/9/13 | Rick Seitz
    We’ve all seen Gone in 60 Seconds. The remake film from 2000 features an all-star cast and an elusive Mustang that always gets Nicolas Cage’s character in trouble. It’s a unicorn car – no matter how hard he tries to steal it, something always goes wrong. Joshua Nadelhoffer, 29, is not a professional car thief. If he was, he wouldn’t have been foolish enough to (allegedly) try to steal a 2013 Camaro SS from a Hertz Rent-A-Car parking lot at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Not only that, but he surely would have had the foresight to know that leaving...
  • Hezbollah Raises Latin American Profile

    09/18/2012 9:27:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 43 replies
    Commentary ^ | 09.15.2012 | Michael Rubin
    @mrubin1971Two news stories from recent weeks, if true, should raise a red flag in the United States that Iran is preparing to use Hezbollah to strike at U.S. interests in Latin America, if not in the United States itself.First, this story from the Lebanese news portal Naharnet and sourced in part to Israeli radio. The Naharnet story was taken down shortly after it appeared: Hezbollah is using a training base established by Iran in northern Nicaragua near the border with Honduras, the Israeli radio reported on Thursday [September 6]. “The area is cordoned off and there are around 30 members...
  • Cities with the worst car theft rates

    08/14/2012 4:15:21 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 86 replies
    Insurance.Com ^ | 3 August 2012 | Mark C. Smith
    The odds of having your car stolen are higher in these 10 metropolitan areas. But you can take steps to protect your ride, and they might even earn an insurance discount. The bad news for California drivers? Your state had the greatest number of hot spots in the country for auto thefts in 2011, according to a National Insurance Crime Bureau report released recently.
  • Texas Man Finds Stolen Car 42 Years Later (1967 Austin-Healey on eBay)

    Texas Man Finds Stolen Car 42 Years LaterBy ALON HARISH | Good Morning America – 13 hrs ago Bob Russell could not be blamed for losing hope that he would reunite with his 1967 Austin-Healey. Stolen outside his Philadelphia apartment 42 years ago, the British roadster seemed a lost cause. But thanks to the Internet and some creative police work, Russell has his pride and joy back. When Russell, then a graduate student at Temple University, returned home the morning after a date with his future wife, his car was nowhere to be found. For decades since, he searched for...
  • N. Korea: Military Drivers Involved in Car Theft(heavy maintenance cost for status symbol)

    03/08/2011 7:44:16 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Daily NK ^ | 03/08/11 | Im Jeong Jin
    Military Drivers Involved in Car Theft By Im Jeong Jin [2011-03-08 17:39 ] A spate of car thefts over the last few months in Chongjin, North Hamkyung Province is said to have been done by military drivers trying to cling onto their posts, according to a source. The source said some of the thieves were apprehended in an intensive crackdown on car theft carried out from late January to early February by the People’s Safety Ministry (PSM), and subsequently revealed the details. According to the source, the drivers, in collusion with civilians, stole “servi-cha”, or service cars, and sold the...
  • Best Defense Against Car Theft: Drive a Prius

    08/08/2010 4:26:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Fast Company ^ | Aug 5, 2010 | Ariel Schwartz
    You hardly need a car alarm if you drive a Prius. That's the conclusion of a new vehicle theft study from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI). According to the report, thieves are after "chrome, horsepower, and HEMIs," but not "sedate family cars and fuel-sippers." HLDI's report calculates the vehicles with the highest insurance claims for theft by taking into account the rate at which insurance claims are filed as well as the size of the payments. Unsurprisingly, the rap-song-worthy Escalade is the most stolen car--one out of every 100 are swiped by thieves. Other popular targets include the Hummer,...
  • Dude There's My Car! Owner Spots His Ride, Wrestles Woman Out

    05/04/2010 6:04:21 PM PDT · by fatnotlazy · 39 replies · 1,358+ views
    WTAE-TV Channel 4 ^ | May 4, 2010 | Unknown
    PITTSBURGH -- A man ran up to the scene of a three-car crash, opened one of the vehicles' doors, took the female driver into a headlock and manhandled her to the ground -- but it was the woman who was eventually taken away in handcuffs, not him. (snip) Valentino Amaro told Channel 4 Action News reporter Ari Hait that he met the woman in the same area last night and let her spend the night at his home because she needed a place to stay. But when he woke up to go downtown to his job at the Omni William...
  • 81-Vehicle Theft Looks Like An Inside Job

    03/12/2009 7:06:08 AM PDT · by Netizen · 50 replies · 1,882+ views
    Omaha World Herald ^ | March 12, 2009 | MAUNETTE LOEKS
    SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. — Three Scottsbluff auto dealership executives are expected to be under arrest by this morning after they packed up their belongings, loaded 81 new vehicles onto trucks and left town. Scottsbluff police, with help from federal authorities, tracked the trio across the southwestern United States on Wednesday as many of the vehicles were sold at auctions. Felony theft charges were filed in Scotts Bluff County Court on Wednesday against Legacy Auto Sales owner Allen Patch and two of his senior managers: comptroller Rachel Fait, 37, and general manager Rick Covello, 53. Detectives located Patch, 52, at his attorney's...
  • 7-YEAR OLD Steals Car; Smashes Property (Video)

    12/02/2008 11:40:10 AM PST · by swordfishtrombone · 22 replies · 802+ views
    YouTube ^ | 12.2.08
    "I just wanted to be a hoodrat" --- Reporter: Do you think you should be punished? Boy: [inaudible/unintelligible] man... whole weekend without video games... --- Video was posted back in May... the kid has since gone on to reveal his ambition of being a thug and his love of chicken wings. Seriously.
  • Pitt student critically injured when hit, dragged by [stolen] car [Thief was on probation]

    07/01/2007 8:25:00 AM PDT · by grundle · 24 replies · 937+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | June 30, 2007 | Jim McKinnon and Moustafa Ayad
    The driver of a stolen car was speeding down the buses-only lane in Oakland at 70 mph Thursday night when he lost control, careened onto the sidewalk and struck a University of Pittsburgh graduate student who was dragged 50 feet under the chassis. Jennifer Lynn Burroughs, 25, was in critical condition yesterday at UPMC Presbyterian after suffering a crushed pelvis, injuries to her skull and severe brain hemorrhaging. The driver, Christopher Titus, 19, of Garfield, got out of the car and ran from the scene. He was apprehended by University of Pittsburgh police and was awaiting arraignment last night. Mr....
  • Stick shift gets the best of would-be robbers

    06/20/2007 12:59:29 AM PDT · by Roy Tucker · 71 replies · 1,429+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 19 June, 2007 | Saeed Ahmed
    Who needs the Club when you have a stick shift? Two teenage robbers spent valuable getaway time Monday night trying to drive off in a stolen car — but gave up, police said, when they realized they couldn't navigate a sedan with manual transmission. The teens bolted from the Honda Accord into some woods but were captured within minutes. "You can almost imagine how it would look to an outsider watching a video of two people spending however much time to start up a car and get away," said Cobb police Officer Wayne Delk. "But luckily they didn't decide to...
  • Daniel Baldwin car-theft case dropped

    04/27/2007 7:48:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 571+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/27/07 | AP
    SANTA ANA, Calif. - Car-theft charges against Daniel Baldwin were dropped Friday. Orange County Superior Court Judge Kelly MacEachern dismissed the charges at the prosecution's request during a brief hearing, said Farrah Emami, district attorney spokeswoman. "After following up on statements that were provided to us by witnesses and the victim, we determined that the evidence didn't support us going forward with the case," she said. Authorities had alleged the actor stole a 2003 GMC Yukon from a friend, Ken Smith, but Baldwin said it was a misunderstanding. Smith reported the car missing without knowing his cousin lent Baldwin the...
  • Bush-sticker had consequenses (Norway)

    02/11/2007 4:03:42 PM PST · by Kurt_Hectic · 52 replies · 2,132+ views
    www.dagbladet.no ^ | 11.02.2007, 22:58 updated 23:24 | Tora Morset
    Vandalism, attempted break-in and in the end the theft of the car itself. All this after Lars Olsson put a Bush-sticker on the car. (Dagbladet.no): Wednesday last week Lars Olsson putt his sticker in support of Bush on his Chrysler Voyager: «George W. Bush. Saving your butt whether you like it or not.» Vandalism -Already the same day I started to notice the reactions. There was some honking and stuff, Lars says to Dagbladet.no -Then, Thursday morning I discovered that someone had broken off the window wipers at the rear of the car. I had to fix them, the 33...
  • Rob, roll, repeat: Woman careens down I-35 (Minnesota)

    02/18/2006 7:24:59 AM PST · by Kimmers · 4 replies · 475+ views
    Star Tribune. com ^ | February 18, 2006 | David Chanen
    Maybe she already had a string of bad luck at Grand Casino in Hinckley before she stole an idling car from the parking lot.
  • US car theft rings probed for ties to Iraq bombings

    10/05/2005 5:38:59 PM PDT · by Ray66 · 5 replies · 460+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | October 2, 2005 | Bryan Bender
    "WASHINGTON -- The FBI's counterterrorism unit has launched a broad investigation of US-based theft rings after discovering that some of the vehicles used in deadly car bombings in Iraq, including attacks that killed US troops and Iraqi civilians, were probably stolen in the United States, according to senior government officials. Inspector John E. Lewis, deputy assistant director of the FBI for counterterrorism, told the Globe that the investigation hasn't yielded any evidence that the vehicles were stolen specifically for car bombings. But there is evidence, he said, that the cars were smuggled from the United States as part of a...
  • Coach rips auto thief from getaway car

    09/16/2005 11:25:20 AM PDT · by Cowman · 29 replies · 1,240+ views
    WND ^ | September 16, 2005
    Friday, September 16, 2005 © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com Frustrated by numerous auto thefts in his neighborhood, a football coach took matters into his own hands when thieves tried to steal his truck, violently ripping one of them from a getaway car before calling police. Ken Cavallon of Seattle said he swung into action early Tuesday morning when his wife saw three people trying to break into his truck outside their home. "I realized, enough is enough, so I came flying up the hill," Cavallon told KOMO-TV. The coach grabbed a young man from inside the getaway vehicle as it began to...
  • Police: Teen faked BMW theft to buy Bentley

    04/21/2005 7:48:50 PM PDT · by seacapn · 48 replies · 1,125+ views
    CNN ^ | April 21, 2005 | Reuters Staff
    SEATTLE, Washington (Reuters) -- A 17 year-old high school student faked the theft of his 2002 BMW M3 in order to collect insurance money to upgrade to a Bentley, police said on Thursday. The teen, a student of Skyline High School in Sammamish, a suburb of Seattle, had reported the car stolen earlier this week, said Michael Chiu, a spokesman for the police in Bellevue, another suburb located between Seattle and Sammamish.
  • Immigrant smugglers increasingly using stolen cars

    08/01/2004 8:22:30 PM PDT · by NewRomeTacitus · 19 replies · 775+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 07-31-2004 | Amanda Lee Myers
    PHOENIX -- A dark gray 2003 Dodge Ram truck sits backed up in the shaded space of a motel parking lot, isolated from other vehicles. The four-door, half-ton pickup can barely fit between the white lines, and is jacked up on tires that look as though they were made for a semi. A yellow smiley face stares blankly from a blue sign where the license plate should be. "It's probably stolen," says Detective Scott Reutter. Reutter, a Department of Public Safety officer working with the Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force, said expensive vehicles found parked in isolated spaces outside shabby...
  • Sweet ride turns into booby trap for thieves (Gotcha!)

    01/17/2004 5:44:05 AM PST · by Loyal Buckeye · 38 replies · 241+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | January 17, 2004 | Bruce Cadwallader
    The thief slides behind the wheel of the car left unlocked and unattended with the engine running and congratulates himself on an easy score. "I got me a good one," he’s heard to say on the videotape. He puts the car in gear and drives a short distance before the engine stalls, the doors lock and he’s surrounded by police with guns drawn. Then, the tape player blares a familiar tune: Bad boys, bad boys Whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do When they come for you? The music from the television show Cops has been a woeful tune lately for...
  • Russian tycoon arrested in Britain on fraud charges

    03/25/2003 12:30:30 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies · 343+ views
    UP ^ | 3-25-03
    <p>British police said Tuesday they have arrested Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky at the request of Russian authorities who have charged him with fraud.</p> <p>An extradition request charges that Berezovsky defrauded the administration of Russia's Samara region while director of a company called LogoVaz between Jan. 1, 1994 and Dec. 31, 1995.</p>
  • Suspect in car theft is shot in wild chase

    12/16/2002 11:06:50 AM PST · by tomakaze · 19 replies · 178+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | 16 DEC 02 | Hector Castro
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  • Police car chases rise as criminals seek TV fame (HOLD MUH BEER ALERT)

    10/20/2002 11:49:22 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 9 replies · 341+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | October 21, 2002 | Oliver Poole
    The popularity of television broadcasts of live high-speed car chases has led to a dramatic rise in criminals trying to out-race pursuing officers, according to Los Angeles police. They said they have documented cases of offenders waving to helicopters filming the pursuit and attempting spectacular manoeuvres in the hope of appearing on one of the seven Los Angeles television channels which show such chases live. "They are trying to get their 15 minutes of fame," said David Doan, deputy chief of police in the city, who is heading an investigation into the reasons for a rise in chases. After taking...
  • Bow-and-arrow hunter kills man trying to steal his car

    10/18/2002 10:32:53 PM PDT · by GalvestonBeachcomber · 55 replies · 727+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 10/19/02 | ROMA KHANNA
    Bow-and-arrow hunter kills man trying to steal his car By ROMA KHANNA Copyright 2002 Houston Chronicle A would-be car thief died Friday after he was shot by the car's owner, a camouflage-clad hunter toting a bow and arrow, police said. The thief was moments from a clean getaway when the hunter happened upon his car, police said. The man told the hunter he had a gun and threatened to kill him, said Sgt. T.E. Kiser of the Harris County Sheriff's Department homicide division. The hunter drew his bow and shot at the man, hitting him in the hip and buttocks...