Latest Theft News

Former city treasurer sentenced to federal prison

May. 29, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A suburban St. Louis woman admitted in federal court to stealing about $400,000 while serving as a town treasurer and another $156,000 from a charity where she worked was sentenced Friday to more than three years in federal prison. Venita Sedodo, 32, of St. Charles, pleaded guilty in...

Running car with baby in child seat is driven off, recovered

May. 28, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — While a mother briefly turned her back to the 1-year-old son she had just put in a child seat, someone hopped into the running car and took off with it Thursday, police in Philadelphia said. The car with the unharmed child was found a few blocks away about 40 minutes later. Police are...

In this Jan. 29, 2009, photo, Sean Murphy, alleged mastermind behind a $2 million jewelry heist from the E.A. Dion jewelry manufacturing company in 2008, in Attleboro, Mass., listens to a list of charges brought against him during arraignment in Attleboro District Court. At right is court officer Howie Werman. In a February 2020 letter to The Associated Press, the career criminal said he is hoping to catch a break on his prison sentence from burglarizing a Brink’s warehouse in Columbus, Ohio, during which he accidentally set millions of dollars on fire. (Mark Stockwell/The Sun Chronicle via AP)

'Master Thief' burglar hopes to catch break on sentence

May. 28, 2020 7:05 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A self-described “master thief” career criminal is hoping to catch a break on his prison sentence from burglarizing a Brink’s warehouse during which he accidentally set millions of dollars on fire. Sean Murphy and two other men were convicted of breaking into the...

This undated photo provided by the Connecticut State Police shows Peter Manfredonia. A woman who said she was abducted by Manfredonia, a college student suspected of killing two people in Connecticut, has been found safe in New Jersey, police said Monday, May 25, 2020. Manfredonia was last seen Sunday walking along railroad tracks in East Stroudsburg, Pa. (Connecticut State Police via AP)

College student wanted in 2 Connecticut slayings is captured

May. 27, 2020 11:28 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A college student sought by police as a suspect in a crime spree including two slayings in Connecticut has been captured in Maryland, police said Wednesday night. Peter Manfredonia, 23, had been the subject of a six-day search involving several police agencies and the FBI. He was...

Witness: Fatal stabbing may have involved shoplifter

May. 27, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A person was stabbed to death outside a store on the eastern side of Kansas City, and a witness told investigators the stabbing may have stemmed from a shoplifting incident, police said. Officers were called Tuesday night to 18th Street and Prospect Avenue for a stabbing and found a...

This undated photo provided by the Connecticut State Police shows Peter Manfredonia. A woman who said she was abducted by Manfredonia, a college student suspected of killing two people in Connecticut, has been found safe in New Jersey, police said Monday, May 25, 2020. Manfredonia was last seen Sunday walking along railroad tracks in East Stroudsburg, Pa. (Connecticut State Police via AP)

Victim's wife says fugitive student sought their neighbor

May. 26, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

WILLINGTON, Conn. (AP) — A college student police say is an armed fugitive after killing two people was looking for a young woman he knew when he began his rampage, the wife of his first victim said Tuesday. University of Connecticut senior Peter Manfredonia, 23, is a fugitive in the machete killing of...

Kansas City police paid $425K to unarmed man shot by officer

May. 26, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Police Department two years ago quietly paid $425,000 to an unarmed man who was shot in the face by an officer who initially faced criminal charges in the shooting. The Kansas City Star reported the payment Tuesday. The newspaper said it only recently learned of the...

German man indicted over leak of lawmakers' private data

May. 26, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors have indicted a 22-year-old man on suspicion of stealing the personal information of dozens of lawmakers and journalists, trying to blackmail some of them and leaking the data online. Frankfurt prosecutors said Tuesday that the suspect, who wasn't named for privacy reasons,...

This Thursday, May 21, 2020, photo shows a parked car with a broken driver's side window after a smash-and-grab break-in in Los Angeles. The coronavirus hasn't been kind to car owners. With more people than ever staying home to lessen the spread of COVID-19, their sedans, pickup trucks and SUVs are parked unattended on the streets, making them easy targets for opportunistic thieves.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Lock your cars! Vehicle theft spikes in COVID-19 pandemic

May. 25, 2020 11:28 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The coronavirus hasn’t been kind to car owners. With more people than ever staying home to lessen the spread of COVID-19, their sedans, pickup trucks and SUVs are parked unattended on the streets, making them easy targets for opportunistic thieves. Despite silent streets and...

In this May 17, 2020, photo, Wanda Cooper-Jones stands near the spot where her 25-year-old son Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed while jogging through a Brunswick, Ga., neighborhood. She says her son ran every day to clear his mind. (AP Photo/Sarah Blake Morgan)

In his final days, Ahmaud Arbery's life was at a crossroads

May. 25, 2020 10:40 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — He was at a crossroads, his life stretching out before him, his troubles largely behind him. He had enrolled at South Georgia Technical College, preparing to become an electrician, just like his uncles. But first, he decided, he would take a break. College could wait until the fall....