Articles about Robbery

Grand Theft Auto IV

Teen jailed for ARMED ROBBERY says he and pals had been inspired by Grand Theft Auto

An Australian gamer will be jailed for two years for armed robbery after using the novel defence that he and his friends had been trying to re-enact the game Grand Theft Auto while drunk. He pleaded guilty to an aggravated assault charge. Kristian Allan Coulter Scott was one of three men who held up a service station last year …
Simon Sharwood, 01 May 2014
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Facial recognition tech convicts man in Chicago robbery case

A Chicago man has received a 22-year prison sentence after becoming the first person to be convicted with evidence from the city's facial recognition technology. Pierre Martin was sentenced Monday for a pair of armed robberies carried out on the Chicago Transit Authority train system. The incidents occurred in January and …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jun 2014

Morrisons supermarket hit by MASSIVE staff payroll data robbery

Morrisons' checkout and shelf-stacking staff across the UK will be anxiously worried about their bank accounts this morning, after the supermaket admitted that thieves had spaffed employee payroll details online. The grocer said on its Facebook page that it had notified all its workers that their personal information had been …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Mar 2014
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Climate change will 'CAUSE huge increase in MURDER, ROBBERY and RAPE'

An "environmental economist" has produced a study in which he claims that climate change this century will "cause" millions of violent crimes in the United States, over and above those that would have happened anyway. Matthew Ranson holds a B.A. in Environmental Science and Public Policy and Economics and a PhD in Public Policy …
Lewis Page, 24 Feb 2014
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SMASH AND GRAB iThieves run car through front of Berkeley's Apple Store

A daring thief drove a car through the front of a California Apple store on Friday in what police believe was a planned robbery. Berkeley Apple Store robbery Smash and grab raid next handfuls of hardware The Berkeley 4th Street store was the scene of the crash-turned-heist early Friday morning when one or more individuals …
Shaun Nichols, 09 May 2014
Apple Watch

Apple gearing up for Watch BONANZA

Apple is setting up for a massive rollout of its new Watch device, if rumors are to be believed. A report from Taipei's DigiTimes cites industry sources as the source in a report suggesting Apple has ordered enough chips to power between 40 and 50 million wrist jobs. If correct the report indicates that Apple has high hopes for …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2014

Every little helps: Dirty MOLE BANDITS clean out Tesco ATM from BELOW

The movies tell us that tunnels are normally dug when a person locked behind bars laboriously scrapes away dirt with just a spoon to secretly set themselves free. Now some naughty scamps in Salford, Greater Manchester, have used the technique, not to escape, but to break their way into a shop to steal cash out of an ATM. …
Team Register, 21 Mar 2014
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HTC phone STOPS BULLET, saves Florida gas station clerk's life

A Florida gas station clerk escaped serious injury during an attempted robbery when his HTC smartphone took a bullet from a fleeing perp's pistol. The unnamed worker, at a Hess station in Winter Garden, west of Orlando, found himself on the wrong end of a round early on Monday morning, local news outfit WESH-TV reports. …
Lester Haines, 30 Oct 2013
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Scumbags get sneaky with new self-robbery trojan

Malware-peddling scumbags have developed a particularly sneaky banking Trojan that attempts to trick victims into transferring funds into bank accounts controlled by cybercrooks or their partners. The Trojan generates a fake message at the point victims log into their bank account warning them of a mistaken credit to their …
John Leyden, 29 Jul 2011
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Facebook status bolsters alibi in armed robbery case

A banal Facebook status update has provided an alibi for a 19 year-old New Yorker facing armed robbery charges. Rodney Bradford posted "Where’s my pancakes" from a computer in his father's home in Harlem on the morning of 17 October, at the same time he was suspected of taking part in the robbery at gunpoint of two men at the …
John Leyden, 12 Nov 2009
Gun and dollars

Samsung in Brazilian strip: Robbers snatch $6.3m in gear from plant

Armed robbers have snatched $6.3m in smartphones, tablets and computers from the Samsung Electronics factory in São Paulo, Brazil. The bandits got into the complex by carjacking a shuttle used by factory employees, and held workers hostage while clearing out truckloads of loot, Reuters reported a spokesman for the state’s public …
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Jony Ive: Flattered by rivals' designs? Nah, its 'theft'

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, as the saying goes, but Apple’s design guru and very precious genius Sir Jony Ive doesn’t see it that way - he reckons its more like robbery. The knighted creator of all things i-related was asked by an audience member at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit in San Fran, if similar …
Paul Kunert, 11 Oct 2014
Parrot BeBop

Drone's drug airdrop mission ends in failure for Irish prisoners

An audacious quadcopter mission to deliver drugs to inmates at Dublin's Wheatfield Prison ended in failure earlier this week when the drone hit wires designed to prevent helicopter landings. According to the Irish Independent, the drone crashed in the prison's yard at around 11am on Tuesday bearing its narcotic payload. The …
Lester Haines, 26 Jun 2014
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Second arrest for Phones4U robbery

Staffordshire Police have arrested a second man in connection with the aggravated burglary at Broughton Hall - home to Phones4U millionaire John Caudwell. Over the weekend, Staffordshire Police searched several addresses in the Wigan area, and on Monday a 33-year-old man from Merseyside was arrested and questioned. Detective …
John Oates, 16 Nov 2010
Angry woman on mobile

EE coughs to BROKEN data usage metrics BLUNDER that short-changes customers

Outraged EE customers who have reported flawed data usage spikes on their accounts are being told not to panic by the mobile operator. The glitch in the company's "My EE" app has led to some confused subscribers paying for more data, it has been claimed. Register reader Andy told us that his account had first been hit with the …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Sep 2014

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner: Capital is top target for computer thieves, say police

Computer kit including smartphones, laptops, tablets and desktop themselves, is twice as likely to be stolen in reported thefts in London compared to other regions in the UK. A series of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests from security and communications firm ViaSat revealed the theft of electronic devices crops up in 34 per …
John Leyden, 11 Aug 2014
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Bound robbery victim IMs for help with toes

An Atlanta woman who was tied to her bed by an armed robber managed to alert her boyfriend by instant messenger - no mean feat since she was obliged to type with her toes. Amy Windom from her Facebook profile According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 39-year-old Amy Windom (pictured) was in bed around midnight on Tuesday …
Lester Haines, 06 Aug 2010
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Who wants to be A MILLIONAIRE? Not so fast, Visa tells wannabe pay-by-bonk thieves

Visa Europe has downplayed a new attack that could steal hundreds of thousands in foreign currency over the air from contactless credit cards. The electronic robbery was devised by researchers at Newcastle University in the UK, but the banking giant claims the techniques used aren't feasible in the real world. The researchers' …
Iain Thomson, 05 Nov 2014

Kickstarter unplugs iFind miracle battery-free locator

Kickstarter has pulled the plug on the campaign to raise funds for the iFind - described as "The World's First Battery Free Item Locating Tag". iFind's creators WeTag had raised a cool $546,852 from 9,771 backers when Kickstarter suspended funding yesterday. Critics of the project raised serious doubts about its viability, …
Lester Haines, 27 Jun 2014
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Kid crims don't need to skim: Paywave cards lead fraud rise

Victoria Police's top brass have criticised Australian banks for a rise in contactless credit card fraud arising from stolen tap and go cards. Chief commissioner Ken Lay told reporters theft of the cards - which did not require proof of ownership for purchases under $100 - had contributed to a 48 percent rise in deception crime …
Darren Pauli, 29 May 2014

'Please, steal my phone' TV ads by T-Mobile US slammed by legal eagles

A new ad campaign launched by US wireless carrier T-Mobile has drawn the ire of top prosecutors in two cities, who claim the TV spot is offensive and belittles the problem of smartphone theft. In the ad, former Saturday Night Live cast member Bill Hader is seen walking through a parking garage, where he is accosted by mugger who …
Neil McAllister, 16 Oct 2013

Anti-theft mobe KILL SWITCH edges closer to reality in California

The Golden State is one step closer to passing a law which would require mobile phone vendors to implement remote bricking capabilities in all handsets. The California Senate has approved SB 962, the bill which mandates a "kill switch" mechanism in phones which could render stolen handsets useless and hopefully deter thieves. …
Shaun Nichols, 09 May 2014

Someone's snatched my yummy Brit COTTAGE PIE – Viv Reding

Brussels' justice boss Viviane Reding was left feeling decidedly crumby on Monday during a visit to London, after thieves nicked her luggage from an official EU car. Among the items stolen was a cottage pie that the commissioner reportedly purchased from a farmers' market in Blighty's capital. Apparently, Reding is a fan of …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Feb 2014

Bitcoin bank Flexcoin pulls plug after cyber-robbers nick $610,000

Yet another Bitcoin institution has had its coffers drained by hackers and will be forced to shut down as a result. Self-termed "Bitcoin bank" Flexcoin has told its customers that the theft of its Bitcoins, valued at $610,000 (£366,000), has driven the company over a cliff. Effective immediately, the site said it will be …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Mar 2014
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Police seek two for C&W network robbery

Hertfordshire Police are searching for two men suspected of involvement in last week's robbery from a network centre in Watford. Thieves took equipment from a Cable & Wireless network site in Watford forcing FT.com, the Ordnance Survey and Sainsburys.com offline for most of the day. Herts Police sent us the following: "POLICE …
John Oates, 17 Jul 2008
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Vodafone outage caused by robbery

Cable stealing thieves were responsible for a network outage that left some Vodafone UK customers without service for most of yesterday. A spokeswoman was unable to explain what the cables were for, but confirmed that the theft in north Wales caused the network downtime for most of Sunday. She said: "There was a robbery of …
John Oates, 23 Oct 2006

US Senate bill would mandate 'kill switch' on all smartphones

All mobile phones sold in the US will have to include free software that can remotely wipe and disable the device if it is stolen, should a new bill introduced in the Senate becomes law. "Cell phone theft has become a big business for thieves looking to cash in on these devices and any valuable information they contain, costing …
Iain Thomson, 14 Feb 2014
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Swedish plods cuff remote-access robbery ring

Swedish crooks almost managed to rob a bank using remote access gear attached to a computer, according to reports. The movie-style* ploy was foiled only at the last minute by an alert employee unplugging the kit, according to local prosecutors and cops. According to AP the attempted digital blag took place in August last year, …
Lewis Page, 31 Jan 2008
Damage to the Apple Store window

AXE-WAVING BIKER GANG SMASHES into swanky Apple UK store

Pic Cops have arrested two men following a failed “smash and grab” robbery at Apple’s flagship store on Regent Street, London. Detectives want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident, which took place at 1am on Tuesday morning. Officers told The Register that up to eight people may have been involved in the …
Jasper Hamill, 19 Jun 2013
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Level 3 floored by robbery

Level 3, the supposedly secure back bone provider, has lost all services at its Braham Street data centre thanks to a robbery. The company refused to speak to The Register this morning, but many of its customers have been in touch. According to Level 3 customers thieves got into the building on Braham Street, E1, and stole …
John Oates, 01 Nov 2006
Ghouls 'n Ghosts

One hard ghoulie: 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins

Antique Code Show In the build-up to the Halloween of 1985, Capcom lobbed this little box of horrors into the unsuspecting crowd of arcade dwellers. With mid-'80s goggles on, it’s easy to see why Ghosts ‘n Goblins gathered attention with its spooky but colourful visuals, alongside some memorably atmospheric ditties and effects. Ghosts 'n Goblins …
Giles Hill, 31 Oct 2014
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Colombian plods cuff jailbreaker despite on-the-run gender bend

A fugitive Colombian criminal is back behind bars a year after escaping from custody. Local cops are happy that they've got the man they were after, though in fact she is now a bounteously endowed lady. Giovanni Rebolledo was slapped with a 60-year prison sentence last year in Bogotá, for a raft of offences including manufacture …
Lester Haines, 08 May 2013
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New use for old iPhones: Watch your house get robbed in REAL-TIME

Fanbois have been offered a new way of keeping their home safe – well, sort of – as long as they've managed to avoid chucking away all their old fondleslabs. A firm called People Power has released an app which turns old iPhones and iPads into home security devices which will allow Apple fans to keep an eye on their home. The …
Jasper Hamill, 22 Aug 2013

Mystery surrounds Easynet 'robbery'

Updated Easynet suffered a large and embarrassing robbery earlier this week and is doing its best to keep what happened under wraps. Late on Monday, two thieves used a swipe card to drive a van up to Easynet's Brick Lane headquarters. Once inside they began loading equipment into their van. They were watched by two security guards - …
John Oates, 20 Oct 2006
Shot of the new radiation sign

Mexican Cobalt-60 robbers are DEAD MEN, say authorities

Mexican troops have recovered a stolen shipment of radioactive Cobalt-60 isotope, abandoned by truck thieves who face the risk of a slow lingering death from radiation poisoning. A truck carrying a substantial quantity of the radioactive isotope Cobalt-60 from a hospital in Tijuana to a waste centre was robbed by armed bandits …
John Leyden, 06 Dec 2013

Eurocops want to build remote car-stopper, shared sensor network

Civil liberties monitoring group Statewatch has uncovered a document sent from the General Secretariat of the European Council to the Standing Committee on operational cooperation on internal security that suggests European law enforcement agencies develop technology that would allow them to stop any car using wireless networks …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jan 2014
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Thieves plunder apartment for Facebook booty

São Paulo police are warning of the perils of flashing your wealth on Facebook after a teenager's snaps of his electronic equipment and foreign holidays on the social network prompted thieves to rob his family's apartment. The unnamed 16-year-old was targeted by a student at his school when he "boasted among friends and put the …
Lester Haines, 07 Dec 2011
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Playmobil punts bank-heist set to wide-eyed kiddies

El Reg's fave toy manufacturer Playmobil has provoked a miniature rumpus by punting a bank-heist set to children. The Playmobil bank set, complete with armed robber The "Bank with Safe" ensemble boasts a working cash machine although nippers are encouraged to make over-the-counter withdrawals via a pistol-waving blonde …
Lester Haines, 11 Feb 2013
Bitcoins

MtGox has VANISHED. So where have all the Bitcoins gone?

Almost one in 10 of the world's Bitcoins disappeared during the collapse of MtGox, it has been claimed. The allegations were made in what was purported to be an "internal MtGox crisis presentation". The sloppily written briefing claimed that 744,408 Bitcoin were stolen over a period of several years. There are currently about 12 …
Jasper Hamill, 25 Feb 2014
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Brit gamer shot in armed robbery out of hospital

Adam Mapleson, the British gamer who was shot after intervening to help security guards facing armed robbers, has been released from hospital. A spokeswoman for Southend Hospital told The Reg that Mapleson returned home today after a week of treatment. Mapleson was on his way to work in IT support on Friday 25 May when he saw …
John Oates, 04 Jun 2007
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Look out, fanbois: One in two nicked mobes is an iPhone - cops

Half of the phones stolen in London over the summer were iPhones, the capital's cops reported this week. According to new statistics, phone-related crime, particularly snatching, was up year on year. Between April and September, 28,800 mobes out of 56,680 nicked handsets in London were Apple pocket strokers. That's an average of …
Anna Leach, 16 Jan 2013
RoboCop

Robot cop called in after MAD BONGER blown up in LIQUID MARIJUANA EXPLOSION

Police in Colorado Springs were forced to call in robotic assistance last week after a devastating explosion - apparently caused by a man preparing super-strong marijuana oil - struck the city. Cops were alerted to the crisis following the blast, when a man - apparently in roughly the same condition as a Disney cartoon character …
Lewis Page, 30 Jul 2013
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Gutsy golf-club granny collars crim in Flying Squad bust

A middle-aged heroine was hailed by Scotland Yard today for her part in helping the Flying Squad arrest a gang of violent crooks who were attempting a robbery at her golf club. According to the Yard, the famous Flying Squad had got wind of the gang's plan to snatch cash as it was being removed from the Perivale Golf Club by a …
Lewis Page, 28 Sep 2011
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Web host Linode, hackers clash over credit-card raid claim

Crooks claim they gained access to server hosting biz Linode's customer passwords and credit card numbers. On Friday, Linode said someone tried to compromise one of its clients' machines, but insisted no financially sensitive information was leaked. Linode reset all account passwords as a precautionary measure. The virtual …
John Leyden, 16 Apr 2013
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NYC mayor pins crime rate spike on iPhone, iPad theft

Major crime is on the rise in New York City, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the increase is due entirely to thefts of Apple's iPhone and iPad devices, which he says are inordinately attractive to thieves. As reported by The New York Times, Bloomberg raised the issue during Friday's edition of his weekly morning broadcast with …
Neil McAllister, 29 Dec 2012
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Restaurant held up with iPhone, not gun

New London, Connecticut ne'er-do-well Jerome Taylor thought his iPhone to be a suitable facsimile for a handgun in his failed attempt to hold up a local restaurant. Not that the restaurant staff weren't fooled, but they make cooks tough in Connecticut, and rather than meekly handing over the cash, they grabbed knives and stood …
Bill Ray, 24 Dec 2010
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Game designer spills beans on chubby-fancying chap with his stolen Mac

A video game designer says he's planning to cash in on his story of spying on a chubby-fancying pr0n-lover who came into possession of his stolen laptop. The London-based designer, who prefers to remain anonymous, is looking to monetise his (NSFW) Plumpergeddon blog detailing his surveillance of his Macbook Pro’s new owner. The …
Jasper Hamill, 19 Apr 2013
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Smartphone black market fuels knife robberies

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) reckons demand for smartphones on the black market has in part fuelled a rise in knife robberies. According to a study of crime reports in the UK, police forces in England and Wales recorded nearly 15,000 robberies at knifepoint in the year to June, up 7 per cent on the previous …
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2011
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Couple abducted in chip robbery

A computer company manager and his wife were kidnapped at gunpoint, driven to the firm where they both work, and forced to open the doors. The robbers grabbed £250K-worth of chips from the safe of SPD, yesterday's Evening Standard reports. Mission accomplished, they drove the couple back to their home in Alton, Hampshire and …
Drew Cullen, 20 Jan 2000
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Thieves steal 3,000 laptops from US Special Ops contractor

Thieves lifted 3,000 laptops from a military contractor for the US Special Operations Command in a leisurely nine-hour robbery back in March, it has emerged. According to the St Petersburg Times the brazen bandits loaded a brace of trucks with the lappies and a pile of other kit in the robbery at the offices of US contractor …
Joe Fay, 14 Jul 2010