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Theft & Property Crimes Archives

Police use tracking device on arson suspect's car

According to investigators with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, a GPS tracking device that was placed on an arson suspect's vehicle resulted in his arrest following a blaze. The man was taken into custody after investigators say that a fire started in an area within a minute of the man's vehicle being there.

Fighting burglary charges

A number of defenses may be available to people in California who are facing burglary charges. The burden on the prosecution is to prove all three elements that must be involved for a charge of burglary to stand. In other words, they must prove that the person intended to commit a crime when they broke into and entered a house or other structure that was occupied.

Men accused of stealing Red Bull worth $4,700

Police in California have reported that four men and a juvenile were taken into custody on June 3 in connection with an alleged theft of a quantity of the popular energy drink Red Bull worth approximately $4,700. The men, who are all said to be Oakland residents, were transported to a Solano County detention facility after being processed. The minor was taken to a juvenile hall. The men are facing a variety of charges including conspiracy, being in possession of stolen property and suspicion of burglary as well as a number of probation and motor vehicle violations.

Teenager charged with stealing model spaceship from museum

Californians who are interested in Roswell, New Mexico, and its alleged UFOs from the 1950s may want to learn about a recent case in which a teenage boy was charged with stealing a model spacecraft from outside of the town's UFO museum. According to law enforcement authorities with the Roswell Police Department, the boy was one of three individuals who reportedly stole the spaceship and then smashed it along the side of a road.

Beehives stolen from almond farms in California

Bee pollination during the month of February is an important component of California's almond harvest. Due to a bee shortage in the state, many almond farmers rent beehives from beekeepers to ensure that their almond orchards get pollinated. Though beekeepers are charging higher rental fees this year, they are also losing money from theft.

Man accepts plea in theft of museum artifacts

Readers from California may be interested to know that a 76-year-old man has agreed to a plea agreement related to the theft of Native American artifacts. The man was an employee of the National Park Service and managed the site where the artifacts were kept from 1971 to 1994.

The risk of motorcycle theft

California led the nation with the most motorcycle thefts in 2014, an issue that may cause concern for those residents who rely on motorcycles or scooters as their primary form of transportation. A report recently released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau indicates that on a national scale, such thefts decreased by 6 percent from 2013 to 2014, while motorcycle and scooter sales rose by 4 percent.

2 California residents accused of mail theft

It was reported on Oct. 13 that two California residents were taken into custody on Oct. 8 after they were accused of being involved in a spree of mailbox thefts. It was believed that the two targeted hundreds of residents in the Rancho Cucamonga area.

Man indicted in Native American artifacts case

A California man who is accused of stealing Native American artifacts is facing charges that carry penalties of up to 98 years in prison, although it is expected that federal prosecutors will seek fewer than 20 years. The 59-year-old man, an anesthesiologist, is allegedly pictured in photos digging an artifact from a High Sierra glacier.

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