Criminal Intent

A look at the means employed by crooks — in fact and legend — to perpetrate their crimes.

Green bullet Burglars check newspaper obituaries so they can clean out homes while the residents are away attending funerals.

Multi-colored bullet Rapists lure victims by posing as police officers and initiating traffic stops.*

White bullet Auto thieves return car with free theatre tickets to lure homeowners away while they burgle the house.*

Red bullet Thieves are stealing computer lists of "out of office" auto-replies to target homes for burglary.

Green bullet Thieves use information gleaned from GPS devices stolen from cars parked at public events to locate homes to burgle.

Green bullet Thieves follow buyers from electronics stores and steal merchandise from their cars.

Green bullet Purses are stolen from shopping carts when their owners are distracted.

Red bullet Tires or bumpers of cars parked outside gun stores are marked by gangs to later identify them as potential gun theft opportunities.