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6 Blamed in Elaborate Plot to Steal Dead Neighbor's Home

Thief pretended he'd been taking care of woman

(Newser) - Six different people were involved in a complicated plot to take ownership of a dead woman's home and car, police say. It started with one Romanoff Quarles, 43, of Philadelphia; he had his eye on the property of his neighbor Dorothy Kennedy, who had died with no heirs in... More »

LAPD Recovers Swiped Ed Sullivan Statue

20-pound bronze still in good condition, cops say

(Newser) - Ed Sullivan will be back in front of an audience soon, but it won't be a big show. An 18-inch solid bronze statue of the legendary television variety show host was recovered by Los Angeles police yesterday, four days after it was stolen. The LAPD says the 20-pound statue... More »

Town Helps Boys After Lemonade Stand Cash Is Stolen

Even 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' author offered distraught boys money, advice

(Newser) - Spencer Bergman really wanted a dog, and his mom said if he could save up $500, he could get one. His pal Spencer Tarbet needed to save money for Scout camp. So the two boys, ages 13 and 12, set up a lemonade stand over the summer in their Round... More »

NY Parking Cop Swiped $89K —in Coins

Jeffrey Daday could see 15 years in prison

(Newser) - Jeffrey Daday apparently liked to dip his hand into the cash register. Or more specifically, into parking meters. The New York man worked as a parking enforcement officer for five years in the village of Mount Kisco and stole $89,000 in coins over that time, police tell the Journal ... More »

59 Years Later, Hunt Is On for 2 Stolen 'Jennies'

$100K reward offered for missing stamps

(Newser) - In 1955, thieves stole four prized stamps—and more than half a century later, two still haven't been found. A dealer recently promised a $50,000 reward for each of the stamps, known as Inverted Jennies, the New York Times reports. A stamp library is also prepared to pay... More »

9-Year-Old on Go-Kart Foils Thief

Suspect allegedly stole bikes from garage, while owner worked 50 feet away

(Newser) - Nine-year-old Nicolas Ferran may have a future as a superhero. Last week in Utah, Nicolas alerted his father when a man allegedly stole two of his dad's expensive bikes (value: $11,000) from the open garage. "He just said, 'Hey Dad, is someone borrowing your bikes today?'... More »

Theft of Kids' Onions Has Happy Ending

As does the theft of other kids' pumpkins

(Newser) - What started out as a lousy lesson for a fifth-grade class in Maine has turned into a nice one instead. As the Morning Sentinel reports, the lousy part is that somebody stole all 100 onions planted by the class. The kids were going to give them to the school cafeteria... More »

Thief Tries to Steal ATM ... With Stolen Forklift

Jacksonville police say forklift stolen overnight from construction site

(Newser) - Stealing an ATM by scooping it up with a forklift probably seemed like a good idea at the time. But whoever tried to pull the stunt in Florida on Monday failed and is now the subject of a police investigation, First Coast News reports. The creative thief pilfered a 10,... More »

Cops: Suspect Ate Stolen Ring

Utah thief's accomplice nabbed with X-ray

(Newser) - They might have gotten away with it, if it wasn't for those pesky X-rays: Police in Orem, Utah, who pulled over a man suspected of stealing a ring worth thousands of dollars last Friday eventually discovered it in his passenger's belly, reports the Deseret News . Bryan Ford, 30,... More »

TV News Crew Robbed on Story About 'Sketchy' Neighborhoods

Someone broke into their van as they interviewed residents

(Newser) - A TV news crew out of DC that set out to determine whether a local neighborhood was indeed as "sketchy" as a new app suggested ended up becoming crime victims, reports Mediabistro . As the three-person crew from WUSA-TV interviewed residents of the Petworth neighborhood to see how they felt... More »

Cops: Laborers Steal $1.2M in Hidden Gold

They found it buried at construction site in France, police say

(Newser) - A secret stash of gold coins and bars is the stuff of fantasies. And when three construction workers found $1.2 million worth on the job in Normandy, police say stealing it from the landowner proved too tempting to resist. Several days into their work leveling land, the laborers found... More »

Teen Dies Trying to Get iPhone Back From Mugger

Ruby Rubio had promised her mom she'd take care of new phone

(Newser) - Just a week after 15-year-old Ruby Rubio got an iPhone and promised her mother she'd treat the prized possession with care, a mugger snatched it from the girl while she was walking her 7-year-old sister home from school. The teen from Santa Ana, Calif., gave chase and managed to... More »

Reporter on Mugging Story Has Purse Stolen

TV news van was parked in front of Oakland police headquarters

(Newser) - The crime beat is getting a little too real for TV reporters in Oakland. Last night, KTVU reporter Heather Holmes was doing a live report about a mugging that occurred earlier in the day when someone broke into the station's news van and stole her purse, reports KCBS . The... More »

Man Accused of Stealing $350K Worth of Skin

Salesman exploited position at hospital, say cops

(Newser) - Some men steal diamonds. Some men steal art. Gary Dudek is accused of stealing something far stranger: Human skin. The 54-year-old was a salesman for Organogenesis, a Massachusetts company that sells skin grafts, and he managed accounts for Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, NBC News reports. In that role, officials say he... More »

Phone Thieves Send Selfie, Get Busted

They send photo to victim's friends on Snapchat

(Newser) - A pair of thieves managed to steal a teen's phone during a party—and they promptly incriminated themselves by sending a selfie to the kid's friends. One of the thieves has now turned himself in, and he's been charged with petit larceny, police say. Khayyam Alexander, 16,... More »

PE Teacher Stole Cash From Students' Lockers: Cops

Assistant coach got caught powder-handed

(Newser) - Someone was stealing money from lockers in the boys' locker room at New Smyrna Beach High School in Florida ... and it ended up being probably the last person you'd expect. By April 25, $950 had been stolen from nine students, so school officials used an ultraviolet theft-detection kit to... More »

Thieves Steal $34K Pair of Sneakers

Gone are Usain Bolt's cleats he wore setting 100M world record

(Newser) - A pair of Usain Bolt's orange cleats were on display in London—until someone stole the signed shoes, which are reportedly worth $34,000. The Jamaican athlete wore the cleats when he set the world record in the 100-meter race in 2009, the Los Angeles Times reports. Now, he'... More »

Cops: Woman Took Toy From Kid's Grave

She says she was worried a dog would get it

(Newser) - Police in northern Ohio say they've charged a woman who was seen on a surveillance video taking a stuffed animal from a child's grave. Ontario police say 54-year-old Frieda Kay Shade turned herself in Wednesday after the cemetery surveillance video was widely viewed on the Internet and TV... More »

How a NYC Cabbie Evaded $28K in Tolls

Police say he was a skilled tailgater

(Newser) - How would a cabbie manage to cross the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge in New York City more than 3,000 times without paying a dime in tolls? Pretty easily, it turns out. Police say Rodolfo Sanchez figured out that if he tailgated the law-abiding, toll-paying car ahead of him closely... More »

Baggage Handlers Stole Pricey Items: Police

LA cops serve 25 warrants against 'colluding' workers

(Newser) - Police have arrested six baggage handlers and detained eight others to crack an alleged theft operation at LA International Airport—likely the biggest in its history, the LA Times reports. Police say travelers lost "thousands upon thousands of dollars" as handlers stole jewelry, electronics, and other items from luggage... More »

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