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  • Burglars Just Want Tacos!

    12/24/2015 9:49:05 AM PST · by Baynative · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dec 17,2015 | Unknown
    Las Vegas taco shop video records burglars in the act. So, the clever business owners made a video to advertise their shop and make the burglars famous at the same time.
  • Congressman Behind Birthright Citizenship Bill Gives Thumb’s Up to Trump Plan

    08/17/2015 11:30:48 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 19 replies ^ | Bridget Johnson
    A congressman who introduced legislation earlier this year to nix birthright citizenship praised Donald Trump’s immigration strategy as a “very, very positive document.” “It’s bold, it’s strong, it’s broad. It covers most of the things you want to cover,” Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) told CNN today. King said his birthright citizenship legislation, should it pass, “will be litigated, there isn’t any doubt about it.” The bill has 27 co-sponsors and is sitting in committee. “I think it is constitutionally sound to pass legislation and end birthright citizenship. There aren’t many countries in the world that have that policy,” he added....
  • Two Florida Burglars Broke Into The Wrong Woman’s Home

    04/02/2015 7:07:36 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 26 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | Apr 1, 2015 | B. Christopher Agee
    Two Florida Burglars Broke Into The Wrong Woman’s Home Her previous job taught her how to deal with such threats. B. Christopher Agee — April 1, 2015 Volusia County Sheriff's Office According to authorities in Volusia County, Fla., two suspects were promptly arrested from the scene of a reported burglary after the homeowner gave one of them a beating he likely won’t soon forget. WKMG reported that Margaret Gulla was at home when a man and woman approached her house. The two suspects, 35-year-old Tobias Cobb and 38-year-old Kimberly Jarrell, apparently had an organized approach to residential burglary. Police indicate...
  • All Home Intruders are White Men, Alarm Companies Say

    05/17/2014 9:03:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 71 replies ^ | 5/10/2014 | Olga Photoshopova
    Just when we thought the rash of Scandinavian youths knocking out poor minorities couldn't get any worse, it turns out that white men are now knocking off innocent homeowners. How do we know this? Commercials. Commercials tend to reflect the state of affairs in customers' lives. That's why it's noteworthy that alarm companies are using the marketing angle of "White man breaks in home to scare family."
  • Fearing burglars, Montana man fatally shoots teen exchange student in garage

    04/30/2014 5:23:18 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 72 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-29-14 | Matt Volz and Amy Beth Hanson
    HELENA, Mont. -- A western Montana man charged in the shooting death of a 17-year-old exchange student in his garage is receiving death threats and is afraid to leave his home, the man's attorney said Tuesday. Markus Kaarma, 29, was released from jail Monday after posting a $30,000 bond on a charge of deliberate homicide in the death of Diren Dede of Hamburg, Germany. Since then, Kaarma, his partner Janelle Pflager and their 10-month-old baby won't leave their Missoula home after receiving the threats, attorney Paul Ryan said. "They're really on edge about what's going to happen to them and...
  • They Saw Three Teens Trying to Break Into Their Neighbor’s House — Then They Armed Themselves

    02/04/2014 3:46:26 PM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1 February, 2014 | Dave Urbanski
    When residents of an Alabama town spotted three teens trying to break into a neighbors house in the middle of the day, they of course contacted police…but they didn’t just kick back and watch the action play out, either. They armed themselves and confronted them. With that, all three teens ran from the house on Mountain Laurel Drive in Pinson, but the neighbors chased them into nearby woods, according to They managed to hold one, a 17-year-old, at gunpoint. Two others fled on foot but were captured more than a mile away on Highway 75.
  • AL:Burglar shot, killed in Selmont

    10/31/2013 5:59:56 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 29 October, 2013 | NA
    SELMONT — Two burglars greeted a Selmont couple returning home from work early Saturday morning. In the exchange that ensued, one of the burglars was shot and killed, while the other one escaped and is considered armed and dangerous. Sgt. Mike Grantham, with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, said the couple returned to their Lowery Drive home around 2:30 a.m. Due to the fact they have been the victims of burglaries before, the husband entered the home first. Grantham said when the wife came into the house, she noticed glass from a glass door on the ground. It was then,...
  • TX:Man Fires Gun During Home Invasion

    10/16/2013 6:05:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 13 October, 2013 | NA
    The Sheriff did not return phone calls, so details are scarce. At this point, we know two burglars tried to break into a home Saturday just outside Rockport City limits. Sources say the homeowner shot at the burglars, but its not clear if they were hit.
  • State Police Search for Logan County Church Burglars

    09/19/2013 5:21:43 AM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    WSAZ ^ | Jennifer Rizzi
    WHITMAN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- State Police in Logan County are searching for the suspects responsible for burglarizing a church. Troopers say more than $7,000 worth of goods was stolen from 20 Whitman Community Church on Whitman Creek Road. They say a television, a debit card, microphones and sound equipment were among the items missing. "They went through everything in the church," choir member Earl Bush said. "They opened up every door, every drawer. I lost a $1,500 guitar." Troopers say the suspects barged in through the backdoor and left evidence of the break-in. The burglary has left churchgoers like Ocil...
  • Cameras Catch break in at Whistleblower's law firm

    07/07/2013 5:02:23 PM PDT · by penelopesire · 112 replies
    Foreign Policy Magazine ^ | July 7,2013 | John Hudson
    The offices of a Dallas law firm representing a high-profile State Department whistleblower were broken into last weekend. Burglars stole three computers and broke into the firm's file cabinets. But silver bars, video equipment and other valuables were left untouched, according to local Fox affiliate KDFW, which aired security camera footage of the suspected burglars entering and leaving the offices around the time of the incident. The firm Schulman & Mathias represents Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator at the State Department's Office of the Inspector General. In recent weeks, she raised a slew of explosive allegations against the department and...
  • Maybe Jim DeMint’s resignation wasn’t such a big loss after all

    05/13/2013 6:26:13 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 60 replies
    Coach Is Right ^ | 5/13/2013 | Kevin Collins
    When South Carolina’s Republican Senator Jim DeMint resigned to head the Heritage Foundation most “outside the Beltway” conservatives were at first apprehensive about the net effect it would cause. The thinking on DeMint’s move slowly evolved to “Jim can do things outside of the system he can’t do/say while in the Senate.” It sounded reasonable – after all this was Jim DeMint. Since he took over Heritage DeMint has been an irritant to the Gang of Eight as they fight to destroy America by erasing our borders, but time has shown that alas he is not the “all in” warrior...
  • Dystopia - Oakland Residents Upset Over Lockpicking Workshop Promoted in Oakland Mayor's Newsletter

    03/04/2013 7:23:24 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    ABC 30 ^ | Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | KFSN-TV Fresno, CA
    Oakland Residents Upset Over Lockpicking Workshop OAKLAND, Calif. -- City leaders in Oakland have been getting some angry e-mails lately from some of the people they serve. Mayor Jean Quan is the major target after her newsletter appears to promote a class designed to teach people how to pick a lock. In a city with a crime problem, it's easy to see why they're not happy. The name of the class appears among 40 others in the catalog for the upcoming "Workshop Weekend" in Oakland, right alongside things like "robot building." It's a 3-hour class called "Introduction to Lockpicking" and...
  • Burglary Suspect Attacked By Dogs After Hiding In Dog House

    12/14/2012 10:44:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Friday, Dec 14, 2012 | Keaton Fox
    Woman recovering after breaking into home, bitten by dogs, police sayA woman is recovering in a Fort Worth hospital after police say she broke into a home, ran into a man's backyard, hid in a dog house and was attacked by the dogs. Police said a man called police in the 3600-block of James Avenue when his neighbor, Amanda Moore, told him a woman just broke into her house then ran into his backyard. "I heard a noise in my middle bedroom, and all of a sudden, my bedroom door opened, and there was a lady in my hallway," Moore...
  • Conservative MPs demand greater rights for householders against burglars

    09/08/2012 4:07:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 08 Sep 2012 | Patrick Hennessy
    Tory MPs make fresh demands today for the law to be changed to give clear rights to householders who protect themselves against burglars. They call on Chris Grayling, the new Justice Secretary, to “raise the bar” against criminals and alter the law on self defence to make it harder for householders to end up in the dock for defending their homes. The debate was reopened after Andy and Tracey Ferrie spent almost three days last week being questioned on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm after shooting at, and wounding, two men who broke into their remote farmhouse in Leicestershire....
  • What constitutes suspicious activity?

    07/09/2012 8:53:16 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 126 replies
    7/9/12 | self
    Hi... Sorry to post this here but something strange just happened and I need some Freeper advice. I was sitting at the computer about 7:15AM this morning reading FreeRepublic when the doorbell rang. Really? At 7:15AM? Most likely, it could only be one of two things. My friends and relatives wouldn't show up unannounced at that hour. It had to be those skinny religious dudes in white shirts and black ties, or... Our house was being cased! From our master bedroom, I hear my wife asking, "Who is it?" Don't know, I tell her, pausing, straining to hear. Then the...
  • Burglars who broke into poison-filled Lauderdale home 'stupid,' victim says

    05/09/2012 5:38:00 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 31 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | May 9, 2012 | Juan Ortega
    FORT LAUDERDALE— A resident on Wednesday called some thieves "stupid" for breaking into his home while it was tented for fumigation. "They're obviously not very smart to go inside a house full of poison," said T.V. Sagnella, who lives in the burglarized two-story home in the 400 block of Southwest 18th Avenue. "I wouldn't kill myself for an Xbox."

    12/26/2011 9:53:03 AM PST · by Sasparilla · 7 replies ^ | 12/26/2011 | Sasparilla
    IN CLEVELAND Christmas wasn’t merry for two teenage thugs in the early afternoon, December 25th, in Cleveland. The two burglars were trying to steal property from a house when the owner heard his burglar alarm going off. He investigated while armed and shot the two teens in the legs. Two other teenagers were acting as lookouts, but they escaped. IN KENTUCKY Jeff Hooker was watching his brother’s place in Laurel, Kentucky, when he saw a man open the screen door of the house. It looked like the man was going to kick the entry door open. Mr. Hooker confronted the...
  • Homeowners 5- Burglars 0

    12/21/2011 9:25:34 AM PST · by Sasparilla · 10 replies ^ | 12/21/2011 | Sasparilla
    In Texas: A burglar in Weatherford, Texas picked the wrong house to burglarize this week. It was the home of a retired Texas state trooper. The intended victim woke up Tuesday as Kristoffer Lynn Knight was inside the home. The homeowner tried to hold the home invader at gunpoint, and there was a struggle after he told the crook to get on the ground. Knight was shot in the left side. He’s now in County jail and is facing felony burglary charges. In Jacksonville, Florida: 67 year old Betty Magnusson heard a loud noise in her living room Sunday evening....
  • Police Say Car Burglars Targeting Busy N. Texas Mothers

    12/17/2011 11:37:43 AM PST · by Right Wing Assault · 13 replies
    CBSDFW ^ | December 16, 2011 2:04 PM | Staff
    MCKINNEY (CBSDFW.COM) – Police think a sophisticated gang of car burglars has set up shop in McKinney and is scoping out busy mothers. The burglars sit near daycare centers and outside parks. The thieves watch for busy mothers who may be shuttling kids inside or onto the playground — but leaving their purse in the vehicle. McKinney police Deputy Chief Scott Brewer said the scene has played out over and over again. “For our city alone the punitive loss exceeds that of $100,000, so let’s just don’t focus on the amount of offenses but the reality is this is hitting...
  • Shed owners warned wire on windows could hurt burglars : could be sued if a burglar is injured

    02/14/2011 7:47:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 02/14/2011
    A spate of thefts in several towns and villages in Kent and Surrey over the past few months led to many householders taking action to protect their property. Some have been warned by police that using wire mesh to reinforce shed windows was ''dangerous’’ and could lead to criminals claiming compensation if they ''hurt themselves’’. Thieves target sheds to steal lawnmowers, power drills, bicycles and a variety of DIY tools. Thomas Cooper, of Tatsfield, Surrey, used wire mesh to protect three of his garden sheds after two break-ins over the past four years. He decided to take action after reports...
  • Pistol-packing pastor stops church burglars (Video)

    02/12/2011 7:33:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies ^ | 11 February, 2011 | NA
    The video shows a pastor who protected his church with his pistol. He confronted two young burglars and held them for the police. What is chilling is that the young criminals then threatened him. He did not shoot them. The link is arranged so that you must watch a commercial to see the video.
  • Deputies: Burglars tasted, snorted human and canine ashes

    01/19/2011 7:44:53 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 3 replies
    Ocala Star-Banner (Florida) ^ | January 18, 2011 | Austin L. Miller
    Three young men have been arrested in connection with a Silver Springs Shores burglary last month in which the remains of a woman's father and the ashes of her two pet great Danes were stolen.
  • Armed 11 year old Girl Defends Home from 3 armed Burglars: Armed Citizen

    12/17/2010 8:25:06 AM PST · by Islander7 · 66 replies · 3+ views
    You Tube ^ | Dec 16, 2010 | Fox News
    Quick thinking and a cool head! Alyssa Gutierrez bravely defended her home and her life with her Mom's rifle. She was not going to end up, if she could help it, another victim of criminal violence. She first tried to hide from the criminal intruders, but when they discovered her, she ran quickly to a bedroom and retrieved her Mom's little pink single shot bolt action 22 caliber rifle to defend her home and life.
  • 80 Year Old Burglar Convicted of Another Burglary

    03/01/2010 8:19:27 AM PST · by Sasparilla · 2 replies · 225+ views ^ | 03/01/10 | Sasparilla
    Talk about a career criminal. 80 year old Doris Thompson has been sentenced to three years in prison in California after being found guilty in another burglary. She has a criminal record that goes back to the days when people were dancing to the new music of Bill Haley and the Comets and the Coasters. Over the years, she has used 27 aliases. Her arrests were mostly for burglary and small thefts. She has been in jail several times. She could be paroled from her new California home in a year and a half. In Britain, the most famous "reformed"...
  • Florida Teenagers Burglarizing Cars Accidentally Call 911

    02/27/2010 11:09:00 AM PST · by Sasparilla · 14 replies · 770+ views ^ | 02/27/10 | Sasparilla
    Two teenage car burglars accidentally called 911 on their cell phone as they were breaking into cars in Daytona Beach, Florida. They were discussing what was worth stealing and what should be left behind. 911 tapes show that 19 year old Stephanie Vargas and a 13 year old were busy stealing from cars and didn’t know that the police were listening as they were at work. Dispatchers heard almost every word said after the 911 call as they stole from cars. The 911 tapes recorded the following call. The Daytona dispatcher answered a call and said, "Hello? Hello? What is...
  • University Researchers Discover That The Majority Of English Burglars Wear Reebok Classic Trainers

    02/16/2010 6:26:37 AM PST · by Sasparilla · 17 replies · 267+ views ^ | 02/16/10 | Sasparilla
    There seems to be a crime fighting study for everything. Now, Graduate student researchers at the University of Leicester in Great Britain have studied the footprints found at 100 burglaries in neighboring Northamptonshire. 52 of 100 burglars made footprints created by Reebok Classic Brand Sports Trainers. The researchers found that unemployed burglars spent $104.00 on their Reeboks. Employed burglars spent $75.00 on theirs. They determined that burglars from poorer areas spent more on their Reeboks. It is unknown how they came up with those figures. Researchers don’t actually know how many of the shoes had been stolen. Researchers are hoping...
  • Tokyo fights burglars with flower power

    06/12/2009 3:44:44 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 6 replies · 318+ views ^ | Jun 11,
    TOKYO (Reuters) – A Tokyo district plagued with burglaries has turned to planting flowers to beautify its streets and help stamp out crime. "'Operation Flower' began about three years ago. By planting flowers facing the street, more people will be keeping an eye out while taking care of the flowers or watering them," said Kiyotaka Ohyagi, a Suginami City official. "The best way to prevent crime is to have more people on the lookout." Suginami, with a population of 528,800, saw a record 1,710 break-ins in 2002. When a neighbourhood watch group found that there were fewer burglaries in buildings...
  • Police: Armed burglars demand man's eggbeater

    12/16/2008 3:27:42 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 54 replies · 959+ views ^ | Tue Dec 16, 3:23 pm ET
    TAMPA, Fla. – It really must have been a special item. According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, two men entered a man's home early Sunday and demanded his eggbeater. One suspect was holding a pistol while the other brandished a knife to the resident's neck. Police caught the men outside the home and they are being held in Orient Road Jail. One suspect also faces a charge of aggravated assault. Police found the eggbeater in the man's left pocket.
  • Fort Worth Burglars Get More Than They Bargain For

    11/07/2008 6:15:24 PM PST · by QenBirQeni · 33 replies · 2,121+ views
    CBS 11 TV - Dallas Texas ^ | 2008-10-07 | Carol Cavazos
    Fort Worth Burglars Get More Than They Bargain ForFORT WORTH (CBS 11 News) ― Surveillance video shows at least two young men getting what appears to be a big surprise when they tried to break into one North Texas house. What happened is all captured on tape. CBS 11 News talked exclusively to the Fort Worth homeowner about the experience he calls 'frightening'. "I think I shocked them a lot more than they shocked me," homeowner Jim Cox explained. Burglars may have taken one look at Cox's North Fort Worth house and thought, "lights on – but nobody home." But...
  • Woman fends off burglars with musical instrument

    09/12/2008 11:02:37 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 33 replies · 177+ views
    SEYMOUR, Tenn. — A woman who lives near the Smoky Mountains used a musical instrument to scare away two men who broke into her home. The Knoxville News Sentinel quoted a Sevier County Sheriff's Office report that stated the victim awoke to find two men in her home in Seymour on Saturday morning. Her child was asleep in the home. Deputies said the woman used part of a brass musical instrument to hit one of the men and both intruders fled. It couldn't immediately be determined what kind of instrument she used. She got a license number, though, and police...
  • Oakland Youths behind multiple Alameda burglaries, police say (Illegal Criminal Anchor Baby Alert)

    07/10/2008 9:09:20 PM PDT · by wac3rd · 14 replies · 153+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 6/10/08 | Peter Hegarty
    A 10-year-old boy was among four Oakland youths who carried out a string of residential burglaries during the past month, stealing laptops, iPods and other electronic equipment, investigators say. The youths would travel into Alameda on bicycles during daylight hours and target properties where no one was home, making off with items that were easily carried in backpacks, according to police. The group includes two brothers, who are ages 10 and 15, and their 12-year-old sister. The third boy is 15 years old and their friend. Investigators did not disclose the names of the suspects because they are minors. When...

    07/08/2008 10:02:47 PM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies · 161+ views
    Daily Express ^ | July 9,2008 | Tom Whitehead
    BRITAIN’S soft justice system hit a new low yesterday with plans to scrap prison sentences for burglars. Hundreds of thousands of crooks could escape jail every year under the proposals by advisers to the Lord Chief Justice. Those sentenced to short, sharp shock jail terms of less than 12 months for “less serious offences” – including burglary – should be handed community penalties instead, Even those who are likely to reoffend could walk free from court if it is believed they will go on to commit “non-serious offences”. And in a further blow, while courts must not be swayed by...
  • UK: Police didn't have the money to catch burglars who beat me with a crowbar

    05/18/2008 9:23:51 PM PDT · by Stoat · 26 replies · 130+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | May 17, 2008 | MILES GOSLETT
    Police didn't have the money to catch burglars who beat me with a crowbarBy MILES GOSLETT - More by this author » Last updated at 23:45pm on 17th May 2008 A businessman who was almost beaten to death by three crowbar-wielding burglars claims police haven't carried out DNA tests to identify his attackers – because they can't afford to pay for them. IT consultant Simon Pither, 36, was savagely beaten over the head when he interrupted the gang at his £300,000 home. The married father of two sustained such serious skull injuries during the assault that doctors told him...
  • UK: Father confronted by axe-wielding burglars - but police are too busy to turn up for THREE hours

    04/29/2008 2:16:19 AM PDT · by Stoat · 39 replies · 149+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | April 29, 2008 | DAVID WILKES
    Father confronted by axe-wielding burglars - but police are too busy to turn up for THREE hoursBy DAVID WILKES - More by this author » Last updated at 00:49am on 29th April 2008  Cowering upstairs with his partner and their two children as a gang of burglars wielding an axe emptied his living room, Mathew Sims wasted no time in calling 999.  But instead of the immediate response he expected, the police told him: "We're too busy to help." Within minutes, the burglars drove off with a haul of stolen property. Scroll down for more... Terrified: Matthew Sims, Sarah Barham...
  • 'Ninja' teens arrested after pranks go bad(Teenage Mutant Ninja Burglars)

    08/28/2007 3:07:45 PM PDT · by Califreak · 7 replies · 675+ views
    'Ninja' teens arrested after pranks go bad Car break-ins, burglaries were the work of Rogue River trio, aithorities say By Sanne Specht also by Anita Burke Mail Tribune August 23, 2007 ROGUE RIVER — Three teen members of a self-proclaimed "ninja" group face felony charges after their months-long spree of nighttime pranks morphed into serious criminal activity, police say. Three boys who graduated to burglary after skulking across rooftops and ghosting through people's yards at night were taken into custody Tuesday night. Two 15-year-old boys and one 16-year-old boy, all of Rogue River, were lodged in the Jackson County Juvenile...
  • Bump Keys (Protect Yourself)

    02/13/2007 10:15:50 AM PST · by Ben Mugged · 36 replies · 4,164+ views
    Snopes ^ | January 2007 | Unattributed
    Dutch television program demonstrating the technique ~snip~ were posted on various web sites. The issue has naturally concerned a good many people who have learned about it, since it seemingly shows that many of the kinds of locks typically used on residences are seemingly vulnerable to being bypassed through a fairly simple, effective technique.A "999" or bump key can be any key that fits a particular pin tumbler lock and that has been modified so that all of its cuts (or grooves) are made to the deepest allowable position as defined by each manufacturer. The term "fit" means that the...
  • One man's deadly choice (Home intruder killed upon entering house)

    09/29/2005 5:58:36 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 64 replies · 3,236+ views
    The Virginian Pilot ^ | 9/29/05 | LINDA MCNATT
    It was late when they got home, so late that the cluster of town houses at the top of the hill was dark. Earlier this month, Fred Taylor, a Suffolk native and first-year law student at Mercer University, was returning from a fancy birthday dinner with his girlfriend to his home in Macon, Ga. When the couple went inside, Taylor switched on the lights in the living room, the dining room and kitchen. Ceiling fans whirred. Taylor’s girlfriend, Adrienne Warren, 22, went upstairs, changed clothes and settled downstairs on the couch in front of the TV. Taylor, also 22, was...
  • MPs To Get Fresh Vote On Right To Fight Off Burglars

    06/11/2005 5:54:52 PM PDT · by blam · 29 replies · 816+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-12-2005 | Melissa Kite
    MPs to get fresh vote on right to fight off burglars By Melissa Kite, Deputy Political Editor (Filed: 12/06/2005) A revived attempt to win for householders the right to use greater force against intruders is to be launched in Parliament within weeks. Anne McIntosh, a Conservative shadow foreign office minister, unveiled plans to introduce a Householder Protection Bill after she came near to the top of the ballot for private members' legislation. Anne McIntosh The Bill will re-balance the law in favour of homeowners, enabling them to take stronger measures to defend themselves without fear of prosecution. It will carry...
  • 105-year-old woman terrorised by burglars

    04/04/2005 1:35:36 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 36 replies · 1,233+ views
    The first pictures have been released of the 105-year-old woman who died after being targeted repeatedly by burglars. Amelia Whale, shown here celebrating her 100th birthday, refused to move from the home she shared with her younger brother Leonard in Islington, despite four break-ins in 18 months. Police installed security bars and CCTV last year after the third burglary. But that did not stop Bernard Gallagher, 23, and Mark O'Brien 26, raiding her home last September and stealing £2,000. The men were captured on CCTV. The pair, both travellers, were caught on camera and traced to a campsite. They now...
  • Would-Be Burglars Met With Home-Owners Gun (Twice In Four Days)

    04/03/2005 6:57:58 AM PDT · by Pendragon_6 · 17 replies · 1,067+ views
    WOAI-TV ^ | 3-30-2005 | Angela Becerra
    An east side homeowner confronts burglars with gun in hand, for the second time in four days! George Shandy grew up in the home on Dawson, and still takes care of it. That's what he was doing on Saturday, when he shot a burglar in the arm. That suspect was arrested. When Shandy went to the home Tuesday, he noticed the front door was open, and someone had stolen a China hutch. The burglars had left a washer and dryer, as well as a refrigerator, in the center of the living room. Shandy had a hunch the crooks would be...
  • Man returns home, finds stranger dead in bathroom

    03/08/2005 8:10:05 AM PST · by Willie Green · 22 replies · 1,145+ views
    The Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | Tuesday, March 08, 2005
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. In what police characterized as a one-of-a-kind case, a Las Vegas resident arrived home Monday morning to find a stranger dead in his house. The 31-year-old victim was discovered in the bathroom with a gunshot wound to his head, said Las Vegas police Sgt. Rocky Alby. "It's rare for someone to come home and find an unknown dead person in their home," Alby said. "This is a very unusual call. We just have to see if we can piece it together." The homeowner, whom police did not identify, left his house...
  • Reassurance over attacking burglars (UK)

    02/01/2005 6:41:00 AM PST · by MadIvan · 18 replies · 508+ views
    Ananova ^ | February 1, 2005 | Staff
    Householders will not face prosecution for attacking or even killing a burglar providing they use only "reasonable force", new guidelines said.Police and prosecutors published a new leaflet advising the public how far they can go to defend their property. Even using items as weapons would not lead to prosecution if householders were doing what they "honestly and instinctively" believed was necessary "in the heat of the moment", it said. The leaflet from the Crown Prosecution Service and the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) attempted to clear up confusion over the point at which defending one's family and property becomes...
  • Burglars have rights too, says Attorney General (British madness)

    12/11/2004 6:06:26 PM PST · by Mr. Mulliner · 32 replies · 930+ views
    Telegraph ^ | December 12, 2004 | Melissa Kite and Andrew Alderson
    A fresh row broke out last night about the rights of householders to fight back against intruders after the Government's most senior lawyer defended the rights of burglars. Lord Goldsmith, the attorney-general, flew in the face of the Prime Minister's pledge to look again at the law with a view to giving homeowners more rights when he said that existing legislation was adequate.   Sir John Stevens: confident of support He said that criminals must also have the right to protection from violence, prompting David Davis, the shadow home secretary, to accuse the government of being dangerously split on...
  • Home Invaders Attack Woman

    12/10/2004 8:00:26 AM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 11 replies · 932+ views
    Racine Journal-Times ^ | 12/10/2004 | Jeff Wilford
    Home invaders attack woman By Jeff Wilford RACINE - Two masked intruders beat and sexually assaulted a 19-woman while she lay in bed at her home Monday morning. The woman, whom Racine police did not identify, suffered "significant injuries," according to Crime Stoppers of Racine County Inc., which is offering a $1,000 reward for information about the home invasion. The attack, at a home in the 2800 block of Hayes Avenue, happened sometime between 6 a.m. and 6:52 a.m., when the woman called police, Macemon said. Her father had left for work shortly before 6 a.m., Macemon said. Not long...
  • Chief backs right to defend home

    12/04/2004 10:53:36 AM PST · by scouse · 205+ views
    BBC ^ | 12/04/04 | Unknown
    Chief backs right to defend home People should be entitled to use any force necessary to defend themselves against burglars, England's most senior police officer has said. Met commissioner Sir John Stevens said householders should be presumed to have acted legally, even if a burglar dies, unless there is contrary evidence. People should be prosecuted only when there was evidence of gratuitous violence, he told the Daily Telegraph. I'm not talking about guns but people being allowed to defend themselves Under the current law, people are entitled to use "reasonable force" to defend themselves and their homes. It is up...
  • Portland, OR: Police catch pre-teen burglars

    05/23/2004 1:33:25 PM PDT · by Stoat · 12 replies · 234+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | May 23, 2004 | MAXINE BERNSTEIN
    Police catch pre-teen burglars The three 12-year-old boys are accused in three crimes and are suspected of breaking into other homes in North Portland Sunday, May 23, 2004 MAXINE BERNSTEIN Three 12-year-old boys are accused of skipping school and burglarizing at least three homes in North Portland this month, stealing games and clothing and snacking on whatever they could find in the kitchens as they ransacked the properties. At least two of the homes they targeted were those of children the boys did not like or had recent disputes with, police said. "I was surprised at the depth of their...
  • BBC Listeners Want Right To Kill Burglars

    01/01/2004 4:31:32 PM PST · by blam · 42 replies · 224+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-2-2004 | Sally Pook
    BBC listeners want right to kill burglars By Sally Pook (Filed: 02/01/2004) If listeners of the Today programme could introduce a new law to Britain, it would be one allowing them to kill an intruder in their home should the need arise.That was the surprise - and, in the programme's own word, controversial - choice of listeners who voted for the piece of legislation they would most like to see in the statute book. The audience for the Radio 4 programme were asked to put forward ideas that had a real chance of becoming law. Five were shortlisted and more...
  • Burglars go back to ask for receipts

    11/24/2003 2:16:59 PM PST · by yonif · 2 replies · 113+ views
    Ananova ^ | Monday 24th November 2003
    Three burglars were arrested in Brazil after they returned to a house and asked for the receipts for the goods they had stolen. The young thieves told the owners of the house in Belo Horizonte that they were struggling to sell the stereo, TV and mobile phones because they didn't have the original receipts. A police spokesman told Estado de Sao Paulo: "We have never seen anything so stupid. "It was obvious that when they rang the bell the owner of the house would call us straight away and they were all arrested. "They are all underage and I think...
  • 10 Most Wanted Burglars in County 90% Listed as White Males, but 90% are Hispanic.

    07/19/2003 5:51:40 AM PDT · by AAABEST · 56 replies · 836+ views
    Southwest Florida Sound Off ^ | 07-19-03 | John g.
    Take a look at the above pictures. If you didn't look at the photos (or read the names) you would think that 90% of the top ten most wanted burglars in Collier County are white males. First off, having the classification "Hispanic" as a race is fraudulent, as the only thing that Cubans, Mexicans, Dominicans and Spainish people have in common is a language, and that's all. Some are black, some are white some are indigenous. Point being, Hispanic is not a race. Second, do "Hispanics" just get to pick whatever race suits them on any given day? If...
  • Overwhelming police response to Burglaries

    05/16/2003 7:41:39 AM PDT · by dark_lord · 1 replies · 217+ views
    The Daily Herald ^ | 05/16/03 | Daily Herald reports
    2 related articles follow:Neighborhood in chaos as police snare gun thievesBy Eric Peterson Daily Herald Staff Writer Posted May 16, 2003 A battalion of heavily armed police invaded a quiet, upscale Hoffman Estates neighborhood early Thursday morning to search for a possible fourth burglary suspect who never existed. Hoffman Estates police who responded to the 5:22 a.m. call to the 1600 block of West Charlemagne Drive quickly arrested two 18-year-old men and a 15-year-old boy. But confusion about a fourth suspect kept police from all over the Northwest suburbs staked out for hours in the tony subdivision, while residents watched...