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Only in Hawaii: Stores Forced to Increase Spam Security

Thieves are making off with cases of the canned meat

(Newser) - It's no secret that Hawaii can't get enough Spam—the Washington Post reports Hawaii residents eat five million tons of the canned meat every year—but this is ridiculous. After a series of brazen Spam heists, the Honolulu Civil Beat found Spam at a Walmart in Kalihi under... More »

Amazon Plots 2 Ways to Foil 'Porch Pirates'

Deliveries may go in your car trunk, or even right in your house

(Newser) - "Porch pirates" may discover that pickings are a bit slim in the not-too-distant future. CNBC reports that Amazon is said to be working on two specific ways to cut down on the problem of thieves stealing boxes off customers' porches:
  • Your car trunk: Amazon is working with a company
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Bank Teller Admits Stealing $185K From Homeless Man

Customer came in with trash bag filled with cash

(Newser) - Wells Fargo is in the news again, though this time it's a rogue entity, not upper management, that's catching all the heat. Ex-bank teller Phelon Davis has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $185,000 from a bank customer over a two-year period, starting in October 2014,... More »

Cops: Teacher Blew Student Activity Cash on Penny Slots

Michigan's Lydia Johnson accused of lifting $31K from dance, trip funds

(Newser) - Last year, Lydia Johnson is said to have blown $90,000 at the MGM Grand Detroit casino, which would be a lot of your own money to lose, let alone someone else's. And a chunk of it was allegedly someone else's. Macomb County authorities say the 29-year-old Dakota... More »

Thieves Steal 22 Tons of Nutella

Cops warn against buying chocolate through 'unconventional channels'

(Newser) - Look, we crave chocolate as much as the next news site, but this is ridiculous. The Telegraph reports thieves in Germany made off with more than 22 tons of Nutella over the weekend. The Nutella—along with Kinder Surprise eggs and other sweet treats—was in a refrigerated trailer that... More »

$590K in iPhones Stolen —From Moving Truck

5 Romanian men face charges in the Netherlands

(Newser) - They might've been game to join Dom Toretto's crew. Instead, five men accused of daring thefts from moving vehicles across Europe are behind bars in the Netherlands. Dutch police say five Romanian suspects, aged 33 to 43, were arrested over the weekend after a July 24 theft that... More »

In 'Devastating Betrayal,' 100 Star Wars Items Stolen

Suspect is a close friend of the owner

(Newser) - Some $200,000 in Star Wars collectibles have vanished just like the Millennium Falcon jumping to light speed. The owner of the world's largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia and the envy of every fan in the galaxy announced Monday that 100 items, including "rare and important pieces,... More »

Thief Steals What's Left of Saint's Brain

Case containing the relic of John Bosco was stolen Friday in Italy

(Newser) - It would take someone with "profound moral misery" to do what was done on Friday, says the archbishop of Turin: A person posing as a pilgrim entered a basilica east of that city and stole a glass case that contained fragments of St. John Bosco's brain. He's... More »

He Died a Hero in Portland, Then Someone Stole His Ring

Police release video, pics of man they think stole Rick Best's ring, backpack

(Newser) - Rick Best was a dad, Army vet, and employee of the city of Portland, Ore., who had his life snatched away last Friday on a MAX train there after he stepped in to defend two Muslim teens. But that wasn't all that was taken from the 53-year-old, police say:... More »

Thief Steals $2M, Gives a Third Away

'I don't regret having done this'

(Newser) - A Chinese man stole almost $2 million, then spent more than a quarter of that amount on tips for female hosts of livestreaming websites. The 21-year-old online software vendor from Guizhou province—identified only by his last name, Hu—stole $1.9 million from video website Youku Tudou after he... More »

Thieves Are Getting Nuts in California

Nut thefts are apparently a big deal in California

(Newser) - Since 2013, more than 35 truckloads of almonds, walnuts, and pistachios, worth a combined $10 million, have disappeared in California. In an extensive look at efforts to crack the case, Peter Vigneron at Outside reveals a story that is, well, nuts. It turns out stealing nuts, which are worth a... More »

Police: FedEx Worker Burgled Homes While on the Clock

Kevin Baker, 57, charged with first-degree burglary

(Newser) - A FedEx employee in the Bay Area is accused of burglarizing homes while he was supposed to be working, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Police say 57-year-old Kevin Baker ripped off three homes near Palo Alto between May 3 and May 17. Baker is a convicted felon with a bunch... More »

Katt Williams Hears Punishment for 2014 Camera Theft

Comedian gets probation, must take anger management classes

(Newser) - Katt Williams won't be going to prison for his role in a 2014 camera theft that landed Suge Knight back behind bars. The comedian, who'd been facing up to seven years in prison for taking a paparazzo's camera near a Beverly Hills studio, will serve three years'... More »

Fake 'Animal Control' Officers Are Stealing People's Dogs

Stolen purebreds have likely been sold: police

(Newser) - Men posing as animal control officers are stealing dogs in southern Illinois, authorities say, leading officials to warn dog owners not to leave their pets unattended. Perry County Sheriff Steve Bareis says two men seen driving a white pick-up truck with "Animal Control" written on the side are suspected... More »

3 Guys Busted in Theft of 200K Diapers

They were worth about $90K

(Newser) - Perhaps they wanted to start a daycare? Authorities in Rhode Island have made a third arrest in the case of 200,000 stolen diapers, reports ABC6 . According to police, a truck driver was to deliver 2,000 boxes of diapers, worth $90,000, to an Amazon distribution facility on Feb.... More »

Alanis Victim of 2nd Multimillion-Dollar Theft

Thieves made off with $2M from LA home

(Newser) - More bad luck for Alanis Morissette: Police say burglars broke into the Canadian singer's Los Angeles home and stole a safe containing $2 million in jewelry, the Los Angeles Times reports. Morissette, her husband, and their two children weren't home at the time of the Feb. 9 break-in... More »

Gang Steals $3M in Books in Hollywood-Esque Heist

They cut through skylights, rappelled down

(Newser) - It was a heist worthy of Hollywood: Thieves targeted a London warehouse temporarily holding some of the world's rarest books, cut through its skylights, rappelled down, and made off with more than $3 million in bounty, reports the Telegraph . In total, the trio nabbed more than 160 books, and... More »

Conn. Pastor Accused of Not-So-Holy Crime

William Marshall allegedly stole electricity

(Newser) - The man upstairs was apparently unwilling to send down a lightning bolt to help a pastor in Connecticut, who's accused of stealing more than $8,000 in electricity. William Marshall of Life Worship and Deliverance Center in Bridgeport also runs a tattoo parlor/barbershop that had its power cut in... More »

Guy Named 'Cheese' Allegedly Steals Pizza

Sheldon Cheese, 17, is charged with robbery

(Newser) - Police have arrested a man in connection with a pizza theft in Pennsylvania and his name is … Cheese. According to police documents, Sheldon Cheese, 17, and another man (whose name is not Pepperoni) held a pizza delivery man at gunpoint in Penn Township on Jan. 24 before making off... More »

Furs Worth Millions Stolen From Posh NYC Shop

Owner Dennis Basso says it could be 'the largest fur heist' ever in the Big Apple

(Newser) - If you're going to pull off a Madison Avenue robbery on Christmas Eve, you might as well go as big as possible. That appeared to be the goal of what the New York Times calls "three discriminating speed shoppers" who broke into a Dennis Basso store in New... More »

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