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This Jewelry Store Heist Did Not Go According to Plan

The suspect is still on the loose nearly two months later

(Newser) - Who knows what he's been doing since June 1, but he certainly hasn't hawked any goods from Kay Jewelers in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Now, police are asking for the public's help in finding him. Per WISN News, surveillance video shows a man dressed in a red T-shirt,...

Smashed Storefronts, Car Windows Still Plague San Fran

The district attorney faces recall as business owners, residents continue to sweep up glass

(Newser) - Who can forget the mass smash-and-grab at a San Francisco Louis Vuitton in November? As CNN and others reported, it was just one example of a property crime rampage in several major cities. Nationally, the reported property crime rate has actually dropped steadily since the 1990s, per Statista , and SFist...

Smash-and-Grab Thieves' New Target: Guns

Police in Garden Grove, near Los Angeles, investigating break-in at gun shop

(Newser) - Smash-and-grab thieves in the Los Angeles area appear to be branching out. Instead of high-end luxury items, the latest incident involves the theft of about 40 guns, reports the Los Angeles Times . Police in the city of Garden Grove say thieves broke through the glass front door of a...

14 Arrested in Rash of Smash-and-Grab Robberies

LA police say at least one suspect is under 18

(Newser) - Update: In the week or so before Thanksgiving, police say there were about 11 smash-and-grab store robberies, some done by flash-mob style groups of people, in the Los Angeles area. In a press conference Thursday, LA police chief Michael Moore and Mayor Eric Garcetti say police have arrested 14 people...

Smash and Grab Turns Deadly for Former Officer

Ex-cop Kevin Nishita was protecting a TV news crew covering the break-in

(Newser) - A security guard has died after he was shot while he protected a San Francisco Bay Area television news crew covering a smash-and-grab theft, part of a rash of organized retail crime in the region, per the AP . Kevin Nishita, a former police officer in several Bay Area communities including...

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