Armed robber targeting walkers, joggers in West LA

An armed suspect has targeted men and women walking or jogging alone at night from the West Adams district to Westchester, authorities said Thursday.

The suspect drove a gray truck and was armed with a gun, which he fired during at least two of the incidents.

The suspect has mostly taken cellphones, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The neighborhoods where the robberies occurred include Mar Vista, West Adams, Picfair Village, Westchester, Mid-Wilshire, Carthay Circle, Beverly Grove, Fairfax, Crestview, Faircrest Heights, and Palms, police said.

Police warned residents in the area to consider the following: • Always be alert to your surroundings and the people around you; • Try to stay in well-lit areas; • Don’t walk alone at night and always avoid areas where there are few people; • Be careful when people stop you for directions, always reply from a distance, and never get too close to the car;   • If you feel you’re being followed, walk to a well-populated area;   • Don’t resist. Give up your property, don’t give up your life;   • Report the crime to the police, try to describe the attacker accurately.

A detailed description of the suspect was not disclosed.

Source: Armed robber targeting walkers, joggers in West LA

Stolen Mao Zedong scroll ‘worth millions’ found cut in half – BBC News

A stolen calligraphy scroll said to be worth millions has been found in Hong Kong, after it was cut in half.

Thieves had stolen the scroll by Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong from an art collector’s home in a burglary last month.

They then sold it at a fraction of its value. It was apparently cut up as the 2.8m-long (9ft) scroll was deemed too long to display, said Hong Kong police.

The original owner says the artwork’s value has been “definitely affected”.

The scroll contains stanzas of poetry handwritten by the founder of the People’s Republic of China. Its owner has claimed it is estimated to be worth around $300m (£230m), though it is not known how the valuation was obtained.

Source: Stolen Mao Zedong scroll ‘worth millions’ found cut in half – BBC News

Pittsburgh Police Investigating Cold Stone Creamery Robbery

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Police are investigating a robbery at the Cold Stone Creamery on Forbes Avenue.

The incident took place around 10:15 on Monday evening.

The suspect allegedly took a bus to Homestead.

Police took one person into custody in Rankin.

Police have not said if they have made any arrests in connection with the robbery.

Source: Pittsburgh Police Investigating Cold Stone Creamery Robbery

IN OTHER NEWS

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and Mt. Oliver Police responded to a ShotSpotter alert on the 700 block of Brownsville Road around 6:30 p.m. May 11, 2020.

Officers found a male with gunshot wounds to his torso and leg outside a parked vehicle. Medics transported the male to a local hospital in critical condition.

Per the initial investigation: The victim was driving his vehicle out of a parking lot on Brownsville Road when another vehicle entered the lot. The drivers had verbal confrontation, and an occupant in the second vehicle fired multiple shots at the victim. The second vehicle then fled the area.

Police are investigating.

UPDATE (8:54 a.m., May 12, 2020) — The shooting victim died overnight in a local hospital. Violent Crime Unit detectives are investigating the death as a homicide. The victim’s identity, as well as cause and manner of death, will be released by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Police seek public’s help to find pair who robbed, assaulted woman on Pittsburgh’s North Shore | TribLIVE.com

Pittsburgh police are asking for the public’s help to find two suspects wanted in connection to the robbery and assault of a 59-year-old woman on Pittsburgh’s North Shore.

The suspects, a male and a female, are accused of assaulting the woman at about 5:45 a.m. Saturday in the 200 block of Isabella Street, Pittsburgh Public Safety spokesman Maurice Matthews said.

Source: Police seek public’s help to find pair who robbed, assaulted woman on Pittsburgh’s North Shore | TribLIVE.com

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police seeks the public’s assistance in identifying two suspects involved in the robbery and assault of a 59-year-old woman in the 200 block of Isabella Street on May 2 at 5:45 a.m.

The male was wearing all black clothing with distinctly copper-colored shoes. The female suspect was wearing a puma sweatshirt during the robbery, but then changed into a Baltimore Ravens sweatshirt.

Anyone with information on the identity of these suspects, is asked to contact Pittsburgh Police Zone 1 Detectives Lang and Pascucci at (412) 323-7201.

 

Police Look For Burglar Who Stole $8,000 Worth Of Merchandise From Westmoreland Co. Tractor Supply – CBS Pittsburgh

MOUNT PLEASANT, Pa. (KDKA) – Police are trying to find the person they say shoplifted $8,000 worth of merchandise from Tractor Supply.

According to state police, a burglar cut the chain to a fenced lot at the Tractor Supply in Mount Pleasant early Tuesday morning.

The suspect allegedly took a $4,000 zero-turn mower, a $2,100 mower and a $2,100 utility trailer.

Police say the suspect then fled the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to call State Police Greensburg.

Source: Police Look For Burglar Who Stole $8,000 Worth Of Merchandise From Westmoreland Co. Tractor Supply – CBS Pittsburgh

Two Pittsburgh convenience stores robbed within about 30 minutes

PITTSBURGH — Two convenience stores were robbed early Tuesday morning in Pittsburgh neighborhoods, police said.

The first robbery happened about 2:30 a.m. at the 7-Eleven on Brookline Boulevard in Brookline.

Investigators said two men walked into the store wearing dark hooded sweatshirts and had their faces covered. A gun was displayed and they got away with cigarettes.

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Shortly after 3 a.m., the second robbery was reported at the Speedway on Browns Hill Road in Greenfield.

Police were told two men in dark hooded sweatshirts went into the store with their faces covered. They took an undetermined amount of cash and fled toward Beechwood Boulevard.

No one was hurt in either robbery.

Police are investigating to determine whether the robberies are related.

Source: Two Pittsburgh convenience stores robbed within about 30 minutes

Two wanted in Mount Oliver armed robbery | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Police in Mount Oliver and Allegheny County are looking for two males they say used an AR-15-style rifle to rob a convenience store and its customers early Wednesday on Brownsville Road.

The men robbed the Sunoco gas station and convenience store around 5:30 a.m. in Mount Oliver, county police said.

The two suspects demanded cash from the clerk and robbed the other customers who were in the store.

No one was injured.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call the Allegheny County Police Tipline at 1-833-ALL-TIPS (1-833-255-8477). Callers can remain anonymous.

Source: Two wanted in Mount Oliver armed robbery | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Rare, 400-Year-Old Bible Stolen From US Library Found and Returned – Sputnik International

A Geneva Bible dating to 1615 that was stolen from a Pennsylvania library has been found in the Netherlands and returned to the US, authorities announced at a Thursday news conference.

The Bible, which has survived more than four centuries, was one of more than 300 items allegedly stolen from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh as part of a 20-year scheme by a former archivist Gregory Priore, 62, and rare books dealer John Schulman, 54, local outlet KDKA reports, both of whom had long worked closely with the library. They have been charged with theft, conspiracy and forgery, among other counts.

Investigators traced the tome to the American Pilgrim Museum in Leiden, which had paid about $1,200 for it. Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala explained that the director of the Leiden museum realized the Bible it had purchased belonged to the Carnegie Library and reached out to the institution. He’s “an honest man,” Zappala said, according to KDKA.

Source: Rare, 400-Year-Old Bible Stolen From US Library Found and Returned (PHOTOS) – Sputnik International