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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 »

Cops: Winn-Dixie Worker Stole $23K With Coupons

Employee accused of using bogus codes over 5 months

(Newser) - It's not quite as impressive as stealing nearly 2 million quarters , but another alleged inside job is making headlines off the police blotter. A Winn-Dixie employee in Florida is accused of ringing up $23,000 in phony coupon transactions and keeping the money, reports the Daytona Beach News-Journal . The... More »

Male Strippers in Vegas Bust Backstage Thief

He made mistake of trying to steal from 'Australia's Hottest Hunks'

(Newser) - A suspected burglar in Las Vegas took a beating after picking a very bad target—the backstage locker room of a group of male strippers billed as "Australia's Hottest Hunks." Police say members of the "Thunder Down Under" group confronted the suspect after spotting him with... More »

Pompeii's Latest Woe: Thieves

Now a fresco has been stolen from the ancient site

(Newser) - The problems in Pompeii keep piling up—and crumbling down. Just weeks after portions of two of its structures collapsed under heavy rainfall, the ancient city has become the victim of theft, Reuters reports. A custodian discovered that thieves had last Wednesday taken an eight-inch fragment from a fresco showing... More »

Police Find Stolen 300-Year-Old Stradivarius

Three arrested in connection with case

(Newser) - Ah, the sweet sound of justice. Police have arrested three people in connection with the armed theft of a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin, and recovered the instrument, which is valued at a hefty $5 million. Police consulted Taser International about the stun gun used in the robbery, and traced it to... More »

Pope John Paul II's Blood Stolen

One of only 3 known vials taken from Italy church

(Newser) - A vial of Pope John Paul II's blood has been stolen ... by Satanists? The first part is fact, the second speculation. NBC News reports that the relic was taken on Saturday from the Church of San Pietro della Ienca, which is located in central Italy's Abruzzo region. Reuters... More »

Remnants of Buddha's Body Stolen

Golden urn was stolen from Cambodian shrine

(Newser) - A golden urn containing what are considered to be remnants of the Buddha's body has been stolen from its shrine near the Cambodian capital, officials today announced. The theft was apparently discovered Tuesday, when a guard found the lock to the shrine's door had been destroyed and the... More »

Elaborate Wine Heist Unravels

Seattle police track down 2.5K bottles of stolen wine

(Newser) - Give thanks, oenophiles: An "elaborate" Thanksgiving Day wine heist has met its end, after Seattle police on Tuesday recovered most if not all of the 2,500 stolen bottles, valued at $648,000. Kindly, the thieves apparently kept the 200 cases safe in a "temperature controlled environment" at... More »

Teens Threw Mansion Party, Stole $250K Leopard: Cops

Police bust 16 kids in 'frenzy of looting'

(Newser) - Sixteen suspects described as "kids of means" have been arrested after a wild party in a wealthy Los Angeles suburb where a $7 million mansion was trashed and partygoers made off with a bizarre assortment of loot—including a mounted snow leopard valued at $250,000. LA County Sheriff... More »

Truck Carrying Radioactive Material Stolen in Mexico

Theft of cobalt-60 prompts fears of a dirty bomb

(Newser) - A truck laden with "dangerous" radioactive material used to fight cancer was stolen on Monday near Mexico City, says the International Atomic Energy Agency, per the BBC . "At the time the truck was stolen, the source was properly shielded. However, the source could be extremely dangerous to a... More »

Bell Ringer Helps Grandma, Thief Steals Donation Kettle

Well bah humbug to you too

(Newser) - Police say someone stole a Salvation Army kettle from a bell ringer who left his post to help a grandmother and her four grandchildren get through the double doors at a shopping mall in North Carolina. Winston-Salem police say bell ringer James Griffin III told them when returned from the... More »

Gunmen Swipe $54M From Libya Central Bank Van

'A catastrophe for the whole of Libya'

(Newser) - Ten gunmen stole $54 million from a bank van as it entered the city of Sirte in Libya after departing the airport, the BBC reports. The cash had come from Libya's central bank in Tripoli. The van had a single security vehicle as protection, and guards "were unable... More »

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