Latest Theft News

Contractor admits cheating owners of Sandy-damaged homes

Sep. 19, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A contractor has admitted stealing more than $450,000 from 19 homeowners in New Jersey after failing to honor agreements to repair their properties following Superstorm Sandy. George LaRosa pleaded guilty Monday to theft by deception. The Barnegat man faces up to three years in...

Police: Man awaiting auto theft trial found in stolen truck

Sep. 19, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a New Mexico man with three pending auto theft cases was recently arrested — again — for driving a stolen vehicle. The Gallup Independent reports Justin Villa was arrested Sunday after a witness reported seeing the 37-year-old driving a stolen Chevrolet...

Prosecutor drops murder charges against alleged car thieves

Sep. 19, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Prosecutors in Lake County are dropping murder charges against five teenagers whose friend was fatally shot by a homeowner as they allegedly tried to steal his car. In a news release, Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerheim says that after analyzing evidence collected after the...

Trial starts for man accused in deadly S Carolina robbery

Sep. 19, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — A trial is underway for a man accused in a South Carolina bank robbery in which two women were killed. The Sun News reports Brandon Council's trial opened Tuesday with Council's attorney Duane Bryant acknowledging that his client killed Donna Major and Katie Skeen. He blamed the trial...

Indonesia sports minister resigns over corruption allegation

Sep. 19, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's sports minister resigned Thursday after being accused of stealing 26.5 billion rupiah ($1.8 million) in public money. Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi said at a news conference in the capital, Jakarta, that President Joko Widodo had accepted his resignation so he...

Former Nebraska employee accused of stealing from state

Sep. 19, 2019 7:16 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A former employee has been accused of stealing from the Nebraska Education Department. Lancaster County Court records say 46-year-old Nicole Coffey is charged with felony theft. The records don't list the name of an attorney who could comment for her. Her next court hearing is...

Police shoot, kill suspect who held woman at knifepoint

Sep. 19, 2019 7:10 AM EDT

WILKINSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man wanted for a bank robbery was shot and killed by authorities as he held a woman at knifepoint and threatened her in an apartment building. The shooting occurred around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, when members of a joint task of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County police and the FBI...

Thieves take 2 million euros in jewels from French chateau

Sep. 19, 2019 5:11 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French authorities say six unidentified thieves have broken into one of France's most opulent chateaus, tied up its owners and escaped with at least 2 million euros' ($2.2 million) worth of jewels and cash. Prosecutor Béatrice Angelelli-Lamotte told The Associated Press that police are...

Reward offered for info about Kentucky explosives theft

Sep. 19, 2019 4:40 AM EDT

WEST LIBERTY, Ky. (AP) — Federal and state officials are investigating the theft of explosives from a construction site in Kentucky and have offered a reward. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Louisville said the theft occurred between Friday afternoon and Monday morning near...

Tekashi 6ix9ine recounts abduction for jury at NYC trial

Sep. 18, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine described for a Manhattan jury Wednesday details from his life of crime with a violent street gang, including getting abducted at gunpoint amid a dispute between warring factions of the crew. Testifying as a prosecution witness at the federal trial of two alleged...