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After Peaceful Protest, 'Criminal' Looting in Philly

Young people unrelated to protests over police shooting moved from store to store, cops say

(Newser) - A peaceful protest followed word Tuesday that former Philadelphia police officer Mark Dial would escape charges after fatally shooting a motorist last month. Then came mass looting. "Large groups of young people broke into numerous stores across Philadelphia Tuesday night, stealing merchandise and vandalizing property," reports the Philadelphia ...

Cops: 10-Year-Old Skipped School to Rob Luxury Store

Boy is youngest member of gang that allegedly raided watch store in Hong Kong

(Newser) - A 10-year-old boy in Hong Kong is one of four people arrested over a robbery at a luxury watch store. Police say 20 watches worth a total of almost $500,000 in US dollars were stolen in the Monday robbery in Kowloon's Tsim Sha Tsui district, RTHK reports. A...

Retailers: Theft Is Killing Our Bottom Lines

Target expects to lose up to $1B this year due to 'shrink,' also taking a toll on Dollar Tree, Kohl's

(Newser) - Dollar Tree is the latest company to partly blame theft for plunging profits. The company's gross profit margin fell to 29.8% last quarter from 32.7% a year earlier, CEO Richard Dreiling and CFO Jeffrey Davis told Wall Street analysts on Thursday, per CNN . They attributed much of...

Dick's Sporting Goods: Shoplifters Are Killing Us

Retailer posts lousy earnings reports, blames rising theft as a big reason

(Newser) - Dick's Sporting Goods posted weak second-quarter numbers on Tuesday—and it placed a large share of the blame on shoplifters. The retailer missed Wall Street forecasts as it reported a 23% plunge in profits for the quarter, reports CNBC , and shares in the company were down nearly 25% at...

Stolen Jewelry Worth Up to $65K Popped Up on eBay for $50

Onyx piece taken from British Museum was listed on auction site in 2016; ex-curator is main suspect

(Newser) - Jewelry stolen over time from the British Museum—allegedly by a former staffer who'd worked there for decades—have been popping on eBay, with the person hawking the pieces trying to dump them for a tiny fraction of their value, reports the Telegraph . The precious items missing from the...

Retired Professor Charged With Stealing Jewels From the Rich

Lawrence Gray is accused of selling at least seven rare and valuable stolen items

(Newser) - A retired political science professor who traveled in Washington's elite social circles pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges that he stole tens of thousands of dollars in jewelry from his wealthy acquaintances. Lawrence Gray sold at least seven rare and valuable stolen items, including diamond earrings, a pink...

Wine Theft Was Like 'Something Out of Ocean's Eleven'

Some $600K of fine wine was stolen from Lincoln Fine Wines in Venice, California

(Newser) - Nazmul Haque Helal had gotten burglary alarm notifications on his phone before, but they had all been false alarms. The alerts that came in on June 30 weren't, and what he found when he arrived at his wine shop in Venice, California, just before 5am chilled him: Some 600...

Cross That Benedict Donated to German Parish Is Stolen

Unknown thieves broke into Bavarian church on Monday, lifted pectoral cross from display case

(Newser) - A cross bequeathed by the late Pope Benedict XVI to a parish in his German home region of Bavaria has been stolen from the church where it was exhibited, police said Tuesday. A display case on the wall of the town church in Traunstein was broken open by unknown perpetrators...

Thieves Make Honeymoon Tragedy Even Worse

Couple's belongings were stolen after husband drowned at Hawaii beach

(Newser) - A California man on his honeymoon died in a snorkeling accident in Hawaii—and while rescuers were fighting to revive him on an Oahu beach, somebody made his wife's day even worse. A witness tells KHON2 that a thief snatched the wife's belongings while rescuers were performing CPR...

After Cops Arrested 6, the Arrests Kept Coming
After Cops Arrested 6,
the Arrests Kept Coming
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After Cops Arrested 6, the Arrests Kept Coming

Auto theft case goes off the rails after guardian for detained juveniles shows up in a stolen car

(Newser) - An auto theft case in Maryland took a wild turn after the guardian of four detained juveniles who came to the police station to pick them up was arrested as well. KOMO reports that on May 16, cops ran a check on two occupied Hyundais parked in a business lot...

Petty Family Notches Small Victory in Auction Kerfuffle

Singer's items temporarily taken out of sale block while auction house investigates theft claims

(Newser) - On Wednesday, Tom Petty's family put an auction house on blast and warned fans not to purchase the late singer's items in an ongoing sale, claiming that property had been stolen out of a secured storage site. By Thursday, RR Auction had pulled the memorabilia temporarily from the...

Santos Admits to Using Stolen Checks
Santos Admits to
Using Stolen Checks

Santos Admits to Using Stolen Checks

Congressman signs confession over 2008 theft in Brazil, will pay fine to avoid prosecution

(Newser) - George Santos has admitted to forging stolen checks in Brazil more than a decade ago and will pay nearly $5,000 to settle the criminal case that has followed him ever since. A day after pleading not guilty to numerous financial crimes in the US, the embattled congressman appeared for...

Feds: Twitter Hacker Left 'Impressive Trail of Destruction'

UK man pleads guilty to scheme that targeted accounts of 130-plus names, including Musk, Biden

(Newser) - A UK man arrested in Spain two summers ago and accused of hacking into the Twitter accounts of some big names—including the current owner of the platform himself—has pleaded guilty to the plot, which also involved the theft of a hefty amount of crypto. On Tuesday, the US...

Boy Banned From Amusement Park, the Hard Way

NC amusement park has to rescue 13-year-old stuck in claw machine

(Newser) - The 13-year-old boy had his eyes on the prize, but the problem that amusement park officials had was that he had his body inside the claw machine in his attempt to swipe it. Officials at Carowinds park in North Carolina found the unnamed teenager trapped in a claw machine, which...

This Heist Netted 2M Dimes
This Thief Can Spare 2M Dimes

This Thief Can Spare 2M Dimes

Thief or thieves swipe a whole lot of change from tractor-trailer in Pennsylvania parking lot

(Newser) - Philadelphia police are looking for one or more thieves who made off with 2 million dimes weighing an estimated 5 tons. A tractor-trailer had picked up $750,000 in dimes from the Philadelphia Mint, which were to be taken to Florida. The driver had parked the truck in a Walmart...

He Once Wooed on the Soaps. Now, a 'Bizarre' Crime

Forbes March, who played Scott Chandler on 'All My Children,' is accused of stealing cooking oil

(Newser) - It's still early, but is already calling this "the most bizarre crime you're likely to read about this week." It involves Forbes March, a 49-year-old former soap opera veteran who's starred in such programs as All My Children, As the World Turns, and...

Zoo Volunteer Allegedly Stole Baby Gator—20 Years Ago

Tewa is back home after theft was uncovered in Central Texas, authorities say

(Newser) - An alligator, stolen as an egg or hatchling from a Texas zoo two decades ago, is back in the first home she knew. The 8-foot alligator named Tewa was returned to Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo in New Braunfels on Friday, months after she was located on rural property...

Arrests Made in Wine Heist Planned in 'Millimetric Detail'
Couple Sentenced
in $1.7M Wine Heist

Couple Sentenced in $1.7M Wine Heist

They made off with 45 bottles from luxury hotel in Spain

(Newser) - A former Mexican beauty queen and her Romanian-Dutch partner have been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing wine worth $1.7 million from a luxury hotel in Spain—but the fate of the wine is still a mystery. Prosecutors said Priscila Guevara and Constantín Dumitru made off...

School Worker Allegedly Stole $1M Worth of Chicken Wings

Vera Liddell, 66, accused of making unauthorized food purchases

(Newser) - Chicken wings aren't served to school kids because of the hazards posed by their bones. And yet a Chicago-area school district ordered 11,000 cases of them, in what prosecutors allege was a scheme carried out by the food service director during the pandemic. WGN reports that Vera Liddell...

Flash Actor Ezra Miller Pleads Not Guilty to Theft
Ezra Miller
to Plead Guilty,
Avoid Jail: Report


Ezra Miller to Plead Guilty, Avoid Jail: Report

30-year-old 'Flash' star is accused of stealing liquor bottles from neighbor

(Newser) - Ezra Miller will avoid jail time in pleading guilty to trespassing, while burglary and larceny charges against them will be dropped, NBC News reports. The star of the upcoming DC Comics feature The Flash, who's reportedly receiving mental health treatment following numerous arrests , is accused of stealing liquor from...

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