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Paula Swanson (center) with her family

For weeks at Lindy’s General Store in Pembroke, Massachusetts, customers had been putting money into a can on the counter top to support Paula’s People. Paula’s People is a family team representing Paula Swanson, a victim of breast cancer. The team was planning to enter a road race that raises money in the fight against breast cancer.

Paula herself had been a regular customer at Lindy’s for many years. 10 days before Paula passed away, a delivery man was caught on tape stealing the donation’s can from the store’s counter. “It’s a disgusting act,” said Josh Worrall, the owner of the store.

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braisdenTom Basiden, 28, TV chef featured on world renowned Jamie Oliver’s show Fifteen, was recently charged with stealing millions of British pounds worth of Cartiery jewelry. Baisden was the “inside man” in a staged warehouse robbery in Southend, Essex, England in May 2001.

Fifteen is an apprentice program where young disadvantaged chefs aged 18 to 24 are given the opportunity to work in high end kitchens under the likes of celebrity chefs such as Jamie Oliver. All of the chefs come from difficult backgrounds and this “second chance” or sorts turns many lives around.

Baisden story starts at age 16, when he began working for the freight-handling firm called Serco at the Southend airport in 1998. Realizing how poor the airport security was, Baisden called the police warning them of the possible security threat. When police did nothing, Baisden decided to try his hand at robbing the warehouse, organizing an elaborate hoax to make the robbery look real on his watch. Accomplices gagged and bound Baisden and stole £3 million worth of jewelry. Baisden himself was rewarded £100,000 for his part in the raid.

After graduating from Oliver’s Fifteen experiment, and reassessing his life’s path, Braisden called the police and described the crime he committed. Described by police as “an extraordinary act of frankness and candor,” Baisden is awaiting sentencing for the charge of theft and conspiracy to steal.

(Via The Telegraph)

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carwindow.jpgAccording to the Denver Post, because of GPS tracking devices and other anti-theft deterrent technologies, there has been a major decrease in the number of stolen vehicles reported nationally. People are becoming smarter when it comes to protecting their cars and police are using the new technologies available to them to help catch criminals in the act. From car owners using glass-etching paste to burn their VIN permanently onto every window, to cops driving cars with computerized license-plate readers that can sweep an entire grocery-store parking lot for stolen vehicles in a matter of seconds, new technology is helping bring auto theft rates drastically down.

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naked-man-011A 61-year-old woman was shocked, and perhaps a little traumatized, after discovering that a naked man had ransacked her apartment while she was out of town. The man was caught on outdoor security cameras calmly walking around naked in her house and on her patio.

According the footage from the security cameras, the man went into the back yard and used a garden hose to take a shower. After that he knocked on the front door but got no response. He then attempted to dress himself in a black garbage bag before breaking in through the back windows of the house. Once inside he decided to cook himself a meal and then had a couple of drinks. Finally the man grabbed a white sheet, wrapped himself up in the sheet, and then walked out the front door of the house. Police have made no arrest and say that they have little more than the video footage to help them.

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screenshot_05In Oregon City, Oregon, a man was caught on a store camera celebrating a winning lottery ticket that he had just purchased. This same man had just come from robbing some firefighters.

The man walked past a park where some firefighters were training and stole a wallet and three cases of special equipment from them, before walking into a grocery store and buying $75 worth of lottery tickets. The suspect then won $45 off the lottery ticket and is seen on the store’s surveillance footage dancing in celebration. He then left and used one of the firefighters credit cards to purchase two skateboards and a hat. Between the stolen merchandise and the emergency equipment, the thief made off with about $1000 worth of items.

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onlinedatingA 34-year-old woman’s date with an online suitor turned tragically sour when a local officer decided to run her date’s license plates during a routine traffic stop. Apparently, her date not only took the women out in a stolen car, but he was also wanted in conjunction with a string of robberies across the U.S. Talk about a great first impression.

The thieving Don Juan meets women through the online dating site BlackPlanet.com, takes them out, then robs them blind.

“He has ties to Florida, Kansas and Oklahoma,” Sargent Martinez of the Orem, Utah Police said. “We don’t know how long he’s been up to this stuff or how many potential victims we have.”

The contraband and the car were seized and traced to a woman in Idaho. As if dating wasn’t hard enough, online daters now need to look out for someone like this guy. The 33-year-old thief will probably be extradited to Idaho where he will face robbery charges.

(Via Deseret News)

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robbersIn a scene straight out of an action movie, a helicopter filled with thieves touched down on top of a building for a robbery while cops were left helpless.

Landing on top of a warehouse that stored cash awaiting distribution to ATMs across Sweden, thieves lowered down on ropes onto the roof of the building. Using explosives, they blasted their way into the building where they grabbed the cash. Police, waiting for the SWAT team to arrive, stood helplessly at the lower level of the building. As the thieves were packing up their loot, police discovered a package labeled “bomb” lying next to the helicopter. Deciding that the risk was too great, police stood by while the robbers retreated to the sky.

The helicopter was later found with no sign of the robbers or the cash. The Swedish police are offering seven million Kronor – about 1 million dollars for information regarding these airborn crooks.

(Via CBS News)

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grandpa_tacklesIn Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, a bank robber was put in his place after getting tackled by a 54-year-old man. The robber was pacing back and forth between to clerks and did not notice Matt Knetzger slowly coming up behind him before he pounced on the crook from behind.

The bank robber was revealed to be Senister Smith a frequent customer of the bank who reportedly robbed the bank because he had fallen on hard times. He walked into the bank covered in all black clothing and a ski mask. He then handed two notes to the tellers commanding them to put the money in the bag. Knetzger, a 54 year old grandfather, was in the back of the room eating a snack while the robbery was taking place. After finishing his snack Knetzger decided to do something about it and tackled the man.

When asked why he was so quick to make a move, Knetzger said he was simply worried for his wife’s safety. After tackling the young robber he also held him to the ground until police arrived. The best part is that it was all caught on the banks security cameras, effectively ensuring that they would always remember the hero of the day.

(Via The Post Chronicle)


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0224_audrina_videoWhen Lindsay Lohan and Audrina Patridge’s homes were robbed, both police and the actresses themselves turned to high tech video surveillance for clues. Posting the surveillance videos onto YouTube and their personal blogs, cops hoped to bring in a suspect.

Thanks YouTube, it worked! According to the LAPD, eighteen-year-old Nicholas Prugo was arrested for the alleged burglary of BOTH Lindsay Lohan and “Hills” star Audrina Patridge. The case is currently being investigated by the LAPD, where the suspect is being held on $20,000 bail.




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(Via Access Hollywood)

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David Krop, Laptop Theft Victim

David Krop, one of the very few laptop theft victims that end up with a smile on their face

David Krop, the vice president of marketing at Nationwide Diabetic, was rushing to a meeting one morning when he left his two laptops inside of his car. He later returned to discover that the car’s door window had been smashed in and that both of his laptops were stolen. He reported the theft to the local police but they were not too enthusiastic about getting his laptop back.

When Krop got home, he remembered that he had installed a remote access application called LogMeIn on one of his laptops.  Using the service he was able to log into his laptop from his home PC and view what was happening on his lost laptop. Shortly after entering his information he was able to see that the person who had his laptop was using it to watch porn, download videos, talk with friends and occasionally change his Facebook status. Krop took notes and still frames of his laptops activities before deciding to go to video. He got especially lucky when the new user entered into a video chat with a friend and he was able to see the suspects face.

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