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Thefts Of Catalytic Converters Spike Amid Pandemic

DENVER (AP) — All Rebecca Hayes wanted were some bagels from Rosenberg’s. But when got into her 2007 Prius on recently, the usual silence of an electric vehicle was replaced by what sounded like a Harley-Davidson. “I came out in …

Oonee Wants to Fix New York Bike Parking with Free, Secure Storage Pods

On a typical weekday before the coronavirus pandemic, tens of thousands of commuters passed through the Journal Square train station in Jersey City on their way to and from New York City. The station is one of the busiest on …

As Criminals Innovate, ATM Thefts Becoming a Growing Source of Insurer Loss

Convicted bank robber Willie Sutton, when asked why he robbed banks, famously said, “because that’s where the money is.” In today’s socially distanced world, criminals increasingly are turning their attention to the money inside automated teller machines — whether outside …

Jewelry Losses From Crime Nearly Doubled in 2019, Defying Long-Term Trend

The value of losses from crimes against jewelers jumped by 89.1% in 2019 even though the number of thefts, burglaries and robberies decreased slightly, according to a new report by the Jewelers’ Security Alliance. The organization said it received reports …

Home Depot Links Thefts to Opioid Crisis

Home Depot Inc. executives said the nation’s opioid crisis could be contributing to an unexpected surge in thefts from its stores and warehouses. The company said distribution centers that house its goods and those of other retailers have been targets …

4 Accused in Mississippi Chevron Refinery Thefts

Three people suspected of stealing equipment and trucks from Chevron’s Pascagoula Refinery, in Mississippi, were in custody, a fourth was still being sought. Sheriff Mike Byrd told the Sun Herald the investigation was launched Jan. 3 after reports of thefts …

Report: 8 Empty Philadelphia Schools Pose Safety Risks

Eight vacant schools pose public safety risks because of on-site drug use, vandalism or structural issues, and at least one should be demolished immediately, city controller Alan Butkovitz said Tuesday. A new report by the controller’s office urged school officials …

Scrap Metal Thefts Increase in Louisiana Parish

Authorities say the high prices being paid for scrap metal and copper are keeping Union Parish sheriff’s investigators busy. The New Star reports that four people were arrested Thursday and Friday and warrants issued for another suspect. Twenty-eight-year-old Titus Douglas, …

Maine Officials Propose Crack Down on Scrap Metal Thefts

Waterville, Maine’s police chief is proposing new legislation intended to crack down on the theft of copper and other metals for sale as scrap. Chief Joseph Massey says his officers are often stymied in their investigations because scrap metal processors …

Police Investigate String of Thefts at Kentucky Churches

Police are investigating after a string of break-ins were reported at churches in Bath County, Kentucky. One church, the Grace Tabernacle, reported more than $1,000 in missing equipment, according to WKYT-TV. The most recent break-in was reported at Slate Valley …