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Thieves Are Feasting on Cargo Trains in Los Angeles
Train Derails Near Site
of LA Cargo Thefts

Train Derails Near Site of LA Cargo Thefts

Union Pacific says 17 cars came off tracks

(Newser) - Update: Crews made railroad repairs in Los Angeles on Monday after a train derailed near the location where thieves have been raiding cargo containers, leaving the tracks littered with emptied boxes of packaged goods sent by retailers. It wasn't immediately clear if the derailment that happened Saturday was caused...

Cops Find Thousands of Undelivered Amazon Packages in Home

2 delivery drivers have been arrested

(Newser) - Police in Oklahoma say they have recovered thousands of stolen Amazon packages—and the suspects are delivery drivers, not Blackbeard-level porch pirates. In a Facebook post Wednesday, police in Luther, around 30 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, said three suspects were arrested after a home was searched and thousands of...

State Laws, Police Fight Car Part Thefts
Thefts Surge

Catalytic Converter Thefts Surge

States have passed legislation to toughen penalties

(Newser) - In Lawrenceville, Virginia, a van owned by Poplar Mount Baptist Church was knocked out of commission for weeks after thieves cut the catalytic converter out of its exhaust system. Several months later, across town, a catalytic converter was ripped from a van owned by First Baptist Church. Similar crimes followed,...

Prosecutors: Amtrak Engineer Ran 7-Year Chain Saw Scheme

Agents say Jose Rodriguez obtained the equipment for work purposes, sold it

(Newser) - A New Jersey man who worked for Amtrak for nearly 15 years now faces up to 20 years in prison for what he admitted doing on the job. Federal officials say Jose Rodriguez of Brick, NJ, obtained equipment under the guise of needing it for projects he was doing as...

He Admits to a Dozen Museum Heists, Gets Day in Jail

Pennsylvania's Thomas Gavin helped trace stolen firearms after confession

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man will spend exactly one day in jail after admitting to stealing historic artifacts from more than a dozen museums in at least four states. Montgomery County's Thomas Gavin busted into museums along the US East Coast in the 1960s and '70s, taking mostly antique firearms,...

Cops: Wife Told Husband He Had Alzheimer's, Stole $600K
Cops: Wife Duped Husband for
Years, to the Tune of $600K
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Cops: Wife Duped Husband for Years, to the Tune of $600K

Donna Marino's spouse didn't have Alzheimer's but she made him think he did to control his money

(Newser) - For two decades, a Connecticut man says he let his wife handle virtually all of his finances for him, a move he apparently felt even more necessary once he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. At least, he thought he'd been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. East Haven police say that'...

Man Steals Reporter's Phone, Has Face Seen by Millions

Egyptian man was arrested hours later

(Newser) - A Cairo-area reporter had his phone grabbed from his hands by a thief on a motorbike, but it wasn't exactly the perfect crime—the reporter had been livestreaming a broadcast at the time, and the thief's face was seen by millions. The Youm7 news site says its reporter,...

Guy Who Led Cops on Low-Speed Chase Tells a Familiar Tale

Man suspected of stealing tow truck said bomb would blow up if he stopped, a la 'Speed'

(Newser) - A man in a tow truck led police on an extremely slow chase through the streets of San Diego on Monday, never hitting speeds over 10mph. The pursuit began around 7:45pm as police went after an allegedly stolen tow truck. Over the course of an hour, officers followed the...

Feds: Radio Host Caught With Capitol Cop's Stolen Hat

Darrell Neely is facing numerous charges related to Jan. 6

(Newser) - Federal authorities say a right-wing radio host stole a baseball cap worn by a US Capitol Police officer during the Jan. 6 riot, then wore it during a live airing of his show. Three witnesses at the Global Enlightenment Radio Network , run by Darrell Neely, told the FBI that Neely...

Accused Streamer Faces 514 Years in Prison

Bill Carrasquillo allegedly stole copyrighted content from cable firms, sold it to his own subscribers

(Newser) - For most people, getting arrested is, at the very least, an inconvenience. For Bill Omar Carrasquillo, his Tuesday detention was "100% a relief." That's what the 35-year-old YouTuber known as "Omi in a Hellcat" told FOX 29 Philadelphia on Wednesday outside his Swedesboro, NJ, home after...

Things Are So Bad CVS Bought Its Own Surveillance Van

Retail theft has reached a whole other level

(Newser) - A 17-person crime team equipped with a surveillance van outfitted with 360-degree cameras and a high-tech telescope—not exactly what you might expect from CVS. But as Rebecca Ballhaus and Shalini Ramachandran write for the Wall Street Journal , that's exactly what the retailer has in place to try to...

Body on Gurney Rolls Out of Stolen Mortuary Van

Suspect Kijon Griffin escaped police but turned himself in 2 days later

(Newser) - "It's ridiculous that the dead can't even rest," says mortuary owner Stan Henderson. Police say a suspect in several felonies who was fleeing officers stole a mortuary van with a body inside from the parking lot of Henderson's Conyers, Georgia, business Tuesday afternoon, Fox 5...

Hacker Behind $610M Crypto Theft: I Had Good Intentions

Almost all of the stolen funds have been returned by 'Mr. White Hat'

(Newser) - It seems pleading worked. Poly Network, which urged hackers to return more than $610 million in cryptocurrency stolen from its decentralized finance platform this week in one of the largest ever cryptocurrency thefts, says almost all of the assets have been returned. In a Thursday tweet, the platform said the...

Pride Flag Replaced With Confederate Flag on Campus

Police investigating what Virginia Tech's Wesley religious center calls a 'hate crime'

(Newser) - A gay pride flag has been stolen from a religious center at Virginia Tech for the third time in two weeks, and this time a Confederate flag was erected in its place. Police in Blacksburg, Va., are investigating the vandalism at the Wesley center, which campus minister Bret Gresham spotted...

Cryptocurrency Platform to Hackers: Please Return $600M

Crypto heist at decentralized finance platform Poly Network may be largest ever

(Newser) - Hackers have stolen more than $600 million worth of cryptocurrency in what is "likely to be one of the biggest cryptocurrency thefts ever," reports CNBC . In a message to the hackers, Poly Network, a platform allowing users to transfer tokens between different blockchains, said "the amount of...

With Quick Swap, She Allegedly Made Off With $6M in Diamonds

Lulu Lakatos on trial in London for 2016 theft

(Newser) - A woman stole nearly $6 million worth of diamonds from a jeweller by swapping them out with tiny, worthless stones, according to UK prosecutors. Lulu Lakatos of France was posing as a gem expert, who was to inspect the diamonds on behalf of a presumed client, when she visited a...

50 Years Later, Man Confesses He Stole Rifle Made in 1775

Thomas Gavin, 78, pleaded guilty Tuesday

(Newser) - The Johann Christian Oerter rifle, made in 1775, was stolen from Pennsylvania's Valley Forge visitor center in 1971. It took five decades, but now the man who took it has pleaded guilty in the case, the New York Times reports. Thomas Gavin, 78, will be sentenced Nov. 15; he...

He Could've Called the Cops After She Stole His Dog. Instead, Rehab

Canadian man arranged for drug addict to be placed in rehab after she swiped Chinese shar-pei

(Newser) - Last month, Brayden Morton put up a frantic message on Facebook. "Please share and help me," he pleaded in a June 18 post . "A blue older model Ford truck just pulled up behind my house and took Darla." Darla is Morton's 3-year-old Chinese shar-pei, and...

Cops Solve Mystery of 21 Tons of Missing Nuts

Trucker allegedly pilfered 42K pounds of pistachios in California

(Newser) - The Touchstone Pistachio company of California reached out to police with an unusual plea: Somebody stole our nuts. Like, a lot of nuts. An audit turned up 42,000 pounds of missing pistachios, reports the Sacramento Bee . Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff's Office have since arrested a California...

As Gold Bars Arrived at LAX, Workers Allegedly Got Greedy

2 cargo handlers charged with stealing gold worth $224K

(Newser) - The theft of four gold bars from a shipment sent to Los Angeles International Airport could send two cargo handlers to prison for up to 15 years. South Los Angeles residents Marlon Moody, 38, and Brian Benson, 35, were arrested Tuesday by the FBI on charges of conspiracy and theft...

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