Security officer shot to death http://www.privateofficer.com
UPDATED: Security officer has been identified as NOE CAMOS GONZALEZ 25, an unarmed officer from LOS ANGELES CA.
A security officer at a Mid-Wilshire area medical marijuana clinic was shot and killed during an apparent robbery attempt Wednesday afternoon, police said.
Officers responding to the incident combed the area and made several arrests, Lee said. Officers kept several blocks cordoned off until about 9 p.m, when they concluded their search.
Jess McKay, 25, said he was driving south on La Brea, heading to Torrance, when he “heard a pop, a really loud noise, and then another one.”McKay said he saw three men at the door of the clinic and heard six shots. He drove away when the men looked in his direction but then returned to the scene about 8 p.m. to tell police what he had witnessed.
Shoplifting duo charged with robbery http://www.privateofficer.com
According to the Mobile police, several people have been charged with robbery after stealing items from a department store and fighting with security officers who tried to detain them.
Octavius Pickett, 23, and Tempest Ross, 18, were arrested shortly after the couple took merchandise from the Wal-Mart Supercenter in the 2500 block of Dawes Road near Cottage Hill Road in west Mobile.
The incident occurred about 8 p.m. Monday, the spokeswoman said. The pair took merchandise and feled without paying. When store security personnel stopped them both assaulted the security agent. Although no gun was drawn during the robbery, there was force used said officer Bridgeforth, a police spokesperson.
Pickett and Ross each was charged with first-degree robbery. They were being held without bail this morning at Metro Jail.
Game day burglars hitting southeast frat houses http://www.privateofficer.com
Ahh, it’s cool in the morning, leaves are changing colors and it’s football season again. And as any die hard college sports fan will tell you, they’ll follow their team anywhere from state to state. And that’s exactly what police said a couple of guys did but they didn’t go to watch the games. While Georgia Bulldog fans enjoyed the opening season game at Sanford Stadium, these guys slipped into eight University of Georgia fraternity houses and two off-campus student homes and made off with thousands of dollars worth of electronics, Athens-Clarke police said.
And police say that they have also traveled to other university cities in Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida and while everyone was out enjoying the football games, they were hard at work burglarizing frat houses. And they had plenty of time while the Crimson Tide, Rebels, and Gators played home games, according to police.
The burglars mostly grabbed computers, TVs and other electronics, police said.
One of the alleged thieves, Floyd Russell Hill, was nabbed down in Mobile Alabama on September 9th when a state trooper stopped his car for a seat-belt violation, police said.
The 40-year-old Gainesville, Fla., man had drugs in his car, police said, along with Bulldogs football tickets that were stolen from a UGA frat house. He is still in the Mobile metro jail pending further charges.
Athens-Clarke Georgia police detectives used a LoJack system to track a computer stolen from a UGA frat house to Gainesville, bolstering their case against Hill, said Capt. Clarence Holeman, assistant commander of the Criminal Investigations Division.
“That’s how we made the connection of him being in Gainesville with the computer,” Holeman said.
People who install LoJack and GPS systems in their computers stand the best chance of getting them back if they’re stolen, according to police.
Athens-Clarke police have not taken out warrants on Hill and his alleged accomplice because the investigation continues and may be turned over to the FBI, as the men crossed state lines during their crime spree, police said.
Hill and his accomplice drove to university towns in rental cars before football home games in order to socialize with students while looking for homes to burglarize, according to police.
“Their MO is to blend in,” Holeman said. “They are also casing the places, and they hang around long enough to get an idea of what’s going on.”
Holeman called Hill a “career criminal” who used several aliases.
Campus police at the University of Florida in Gainesville has also been in touch with Athens-Clarke investigators and said that University of Alabama police had identified Hill as a suspect in game day burglaries and issued a look-out to other schools in the SEC.
Investigators from at least five states are now looking into whether Hill and at least one other person are responsible for their game day burglaries.
Hill been in and out of the Florida prison system since 1986, convicted on charges ranging from burglary and grand theft to carrying a concealed firearm, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.
Police say that there investigation is continuing and hope to make further arrests soon.
Sam’s Club employee charged with theft http://www.privateofficer.com
Loss prevention agents and local police arrested aYuba City woman Tuesday at Sam’s Club, 900 N. Walton Ave., after they say the woman allegedly stole $1,000 from cash registers while working in a snack bar.
Noureen Akhtar, 24, was arrested on suspicion of burglary, grand theft and embezzlement and booked into Sutter County Jail.
According to the police report, she had been under surveillance.
She was released after posting $25,000 bail.
Securitas guard arrested for stealing money at Wal-Mart http://www.privateofficer.com
Authorities say that a contracted security guard at a local WalMart has been arrested for stealing money from the store.
He was being held pending a bail hearing.
Police officer arrested for arson http://www.privateofficer.com
Saukville firefighters responded and extinguished the flames. The complaint says the fire caused $5,000 in damages.
Police Chief Bill Meloy says Kronebusch was placed on paid administrative leave June 26. Investigators did not release the motive for the arson nor did they comment on the officer’s personnel file with the department.
VA Hospital Employees Charged With Theft, Fraud http://www.privateofficer.com
Two former Bedford VA hospital workers are facing charges that they preyed on disabled combat vets, stealing their identities, writing checks in their names and fraudulently securing credit cards.
U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan announced yesterday that the two former VA workers and one of the workers’ mothers had been indicted on charges of conspiracy, identity fraud, and access device fraud.
Wilfredo Hernandez, 41, Gladys Hernandez, 60, and Jessica Rivera, 27, all of Lowell, were charged yesterday in an indictment with one count of conspiracy to commit identity fraud, access device fraud and wire fraud, one count of identity fraud and two counts of access device fraud
Prosecutors allege that Wilfredo Hernandez and Rivera, former employees of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Bedford, stole checks, credit card numbers and bank account numbers from several disabled, combat veterans who lived at the hospital.
Wilfredo Hernandez and Rivera shared the information with Wilfredo Hernandez’ mother, Gladys Hernandez, and together the trio blew through more than $1,000 by using the accounts and identities of at least four vets, prosecutors allege.
If convicted, the suspects each face up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Deb Outing, a spokeswoman for the Bedford VA, said the hospital police department cooperated with the investigation.
“Our patients that have been affected by this are going to be given the highest quality of attention and security available,” Outing said.
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Inmates donate money, paint mural to honor dead correction officer http://www.privateofficer.com
Suffolk County NY Oct 2 2008
Eight, maybe 10, minutes went by as Stacey Reister stood silently, staring into her husband’s soft, laughing eyes. She could not look away from his smile, the arch of his eyebrows or the rosy plumpness of his cheeks.Andrew was there, right there. Big, and wide and colorful.
Just as he’d been in life.”Wow,” Reister would say, over and over again as she gazed at a mural done by inmates at the Suffolk County jail in Riverhead to honor her late husband, Andrew Reister.
“I worked real hard on his smile,” said Roosa, who has served more than one jail stint for convictions that include criminal possession of stolen property. “He was always smiling.”Green didn’t talk much. He let his work speak for him. It was his idea to add an angel to the mural. And the gates of heaven.”He was a good person and we all know that’s where he is,” said Green, whose pencil portrait of Reister hangs from a bulletin board not far from the mural.Nearby, Orlin Flores, 31, was trying to avoid the cameras at the unveiling.
Former Vegas Cop Commits Suicide http://www.privateofficer.com
A former police officer named as a potential target in an ongoing Homeowners Association corruption probe died Tuesday in an apparent suicide.
Retired Metro Police Lieutenant Chris Van Cleef died of what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday morning. The circumstances surrounding his death are under investigation but it certainly looks like a suicide according to law enforcement sources.
Van Cleef spent years with Metro and retired as a Lieutenant in 2005 after getting nabbed in Utah for a DUI. His name and that of two other former Metro Officers, surfaced last week in the massive FBI-Metro investigation into alleged corruption within local homeowner association boards.
Agents served search warrants at several locations, seeking evidence to link local attorneys and contractors to HOA’s all over the valley.
One warrant was served at Platinum Communities, which is owned by the ex-wife of a current Metro Officer.
Lawmen think the outside interests conspired to take over the homeowner boards so that expensive repairs and lucrative construction defect lawsuits could be channeled to particular co-conspirators.
Van Cleef was elected to the board of the Pebble Creek Homeowner Association. Pebble Creek is one of the developments which is at the heart of the investigation.
No charges have been filed, but pressure is growing and sources close to the probe say the potential targets appear to be turning on each other.
There’s also an interesting twist elsewhere in the unfolding story — as federal agents and local police pursue leads against Las Vegas law firms and contractors, some of those very same potential targets are teaching courses for the state.
Attorney Nancy Quon, who specializes in construction defects lawsuits and whose name has been linked to several of the HOA’s now under suspicion, is signed up to teach classes to future homeowner association managers in a program authorized and promoted by the State of Nevada Real Estate Division.
The schedule shows Quan and her partners teaching courses in community management principles and in construction defects lawsuits. Also listed on the schedule is at least one contractor named in the search warrants served last week.
Whether those classes will continue as scheduled now that Quon and others have been served with warrants will be a decision for real estate officials to make.
Getaway car is too small http://www.privateofficer.com
Two armed robbers hijacked a security van with $1.3 million inside but were forced to abandon more than half the cash because their small getaway car could not carry it all, Malaysian police said Tuesday.
The robbers and their compact getaway car were still at large with $524,000 following Monday’s heist near Kuala Lumpur, district police chief Shakaruddin Che Mood said.
The robbers stole a small car then held up guards in the security van at a shopping mall. One robber drove the van away and the other followed in the car, Shakaruddin said.
The van was recovered nearby with nine bags containing $786,000 inside — evidently because the bags did not fit in the compact car, the police chief said.
“The bags are quite big. I consider them quite stupid. Their planning was very shortsighted,” Shakaruddin said.
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Florida City Uses Private Security To Patrol http://www.privateofficer.com
The town said that taxpayers have been footing Belle Isle’s bill for years. And with crime being low and serious incidents almost never occurring, many wondered why they should continue spending so much to get so little.
When Melissa Pinion says she takes daily walks with her children in Belle Isle, she is able to do it because she feels safe seeing Orange County deputies patrolling the area
“I see them constantly roaming up and down the streets no matter what time it was,” Pinion said.
But that has now changed. Sheriff Kevin Beary has removed all off-duty officers. Belle Isle says it currently gives the county $800,000 to pay for two off-duty deputies 24-7.
But the county says the city has been getting a deal for years and it’s time to pay a Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MTSU) tax like everyone else. It wants an extra $1 million. Belle Isle has refused, so now deputies will only respond to the area for 911 calls.
“I think they either need to pay to support their own police department or they need to pay their fare to the county,” Pinion said.
Instead, Belle Isle voted Wednesday to hire armed private security officers from a private company. The city will also be hiring a consultant to figure out what they should do next.
Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty lives in Belle Isle and is concerned about his safety.
“Is this licensed law enforcement security that can makes arrests and provide full service or are these security guards at Wal-Mart?” Crotty questioned.
But one resident says why take a chance; you get what you pay for.
“They done a good job so far. Why not continue with them?” resident Michael Bigg questioned.
The county also feels the city is using the deputies to make money. Last year the city earned $156,000 from traffic tickets.
Liability seems to be an issue that the town is willing to chance in the name of saving a few bucks one resident said.
Dunbar guard arrested for $300,000 heist http://www.privateofficer.com
Police say that he has been charged with the robbery after calling in sick the day of the heist and stealing more than $300,000 and that it was all an inside job.
Thirty four year-old Robert Blackmon of Hillside, N.J., was arrested by NYPD detectives on Wednesday and has been turned over to the FBI to face federal charges.
Blackmon was charged with robbing the cash from an armored truck outside the M&T Bank on First Avenue Tuesday morning
According to police, he was identified by workers at Dunbar armored cars, who picked him out of surveillance video from the bank.
Investigators are now looking into the involvement of Janell Nelson, the security guard who was “robbed” during the holdup. They are also looking at the involvement of the armored car’s 41-year-old driver. Neither was immediately charged.
Nelson took a polygraph test, but police say the results were inconclusive.
The money, estimated at more than $300,000, has not been recovered and NYPD detectives and FBI agents are hoping that Blackmon will cooperate and turn the cash over to them..
Curently Blackmon is being held on an unknown amount of bond.
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