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Massachusetts woman kills former landlord with hammer, steals $40,000 through forged checks

  • Xiu Fang Ke, a 43-year-old woman from Newton, Massachusetts, was charged with the murder of her former landlord, Leonard Garber, 65.
  • Ke was also accused of stealing money from their joint account through forged checks amounting to over $40,000.
  • Investigators believe that the murder happened after Garber confronted Ke between Thursday and Saturday last week when he found out she was stealing from him.
  • Garber’s body was found inside his home, wrapped in a curtain and concealed under construction materials and other objects in the hallway, Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan said at a news conference.
  • Ke was arrested on Wednesday without incident and later confessed to the killing and theft.
  • Authorities later learned that Ke also forged checks amounting to $18,000 to pay off gambling debts earlier this year, according to 7NEWS.

A Massachusetts woman accused of murdering her former landlord with a hammer and stealing tens of thousands of dollars through forged checks from his savings was arraigned on Wednesday.

Xiu Fang Ke, 43, was accused of murdering Leonard Garber, 65, inside his Mount Vernon Terrace home in West Newton, Massachusetts. Investigators believe the murder occurred last week.

Pokémon card thief dumber than Team Rocket, tries to resell cards back to store he stole them from

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  • A Washington state man who stole $20,000 worth of Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering cards returned a month later to try and sell the stolen goods.
  • The cards were stolen from a card store located in Whatcom County, Washington, where the suspect smashed the glass door and entered around midnight on Aug. 9.
  • On Sep. 3, the suspect allegedly returned to the same store and attempted to sell the cards that he had stolen a month ago.
  • After an employee recognized the man and confronted him, the suspect reportedly became belligerent and declared that he would return to rob the store again.
  • The man was hit with several charges; however, he was released on Sep. 4 on personal recognizance.

After stealing around $20,000 worth of Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering cards from a store in Washington state, the man returned almost a month later in an attempt to sell back the stolen goods.

On Aug. 9 around midnight, the suspect, later identified as 37-year-old Myles Vaughn Pajnogac, smashed the glass door of the Cosmic Games store located in Whatcom County, Washington and stole many items, including Pokémon TCG packs and Magic: The Gathering cards, reported The Bellingham Herald

Oklahoma man dubbed the ‘Pokémon Prowler’ charged for stealing $12,000 in Pokémon cards in Missouri

  • Nicholas Garrison, 24, has been charged with three felonies in Missouri in connection with a burglary at Yeti Gaming in Crestwood on Oct. 10, 2021.
  • Garrison, who is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, allegedly broke into the gaming store and stole up to 270 Pokémon cards amounting to $12,250.
  • A DNA analysis of blood found in the store led authorities to Garrison, who they found in a McPherson, Kansas, jail.
  • The “Pokémon Prowler” is facing second-degree burglary, stealing $750 or more and first-degree property damage. He is being held on a $50,000 bond.

An Oklahoma man has been charged with three felonies after allegedly breaking into a local gaming store and stealing thousands of dollars in Pokémon cards from a Missouri gaming store last year.

Nicholas Garrison, 24, is accused of forcing his way into Yeti Gaming in the 8900 block of Watson Road, Crestwood, on the night of Oct. 10, 2021. Police reportedly found evidence in his phone showing searches for “Missouri directions,” “card stores near me” and “Yeti Gaming.”

Cambodian woman acquitted of stealing $60,000 from Texas donut shop owners who trafficked her

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  • Sophy Treadway, a Cambodian woman who was accused of stealing more than $60,000 from the owners of Rockport Donuts, who illegally trafficked her, was found not guilty on Aug. 17.
  • The money Treadway was accused of stealing was her tips from customers, according to Treadway’s attorney Xenos Yuen.
  • Jurors also learned that the shop’s bookkeeper was a partial owner who had no accounting experience.
  • Treadway previously filed a human trafficking lawsuit in August 2019 against the Oteros, claiming that she was forced to work at the donut shop for a salary of $75 per month.
  • The federal court sided with Treadway and awarded her $1.78 million in April.

A Cambodian woman who was accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a couple who illegally trafficked her was found not guilty. 

Sophy Treadway was indicted on felony theft charges for allegedly stealing more than $60,000 from Rockport Donuts owners Matthew and Sopheak Otero in Rockport City, Texas, in 2019. On Aug. 17, Treadway was found not guilty of felony theft in Aransas County. 

SF tourist shows how she tracked down stolen luggage in viral TikToks

  • In a series of TikTok videos posted on July 13 and July 14, user @Kellykwan0 explained how she managed to track down the person who allegedly stole belongings from the trunk of her boyfriend’s parked car during a trip to San Francisco last month.
  • Using the "Find My" feature of Kelly's iPad and surveillance footage captured by a security camera from a house across the street, she and her boyfriend were purportedly able to locate the six-unit apartment complex where their belongings were supposedly taken.
  • According to Kelly, the alleged thief denied stealing anything while being questioned.
  • She also shared that she and her boyfriend were unable to get their belongings back, and she noted that soon after her boyfriend had finished knocking on the doors of the apartment complex’s residents earlier on, her iPad’s “location suddenly turned off.”
  • Kelly said her boyfriend lost his work phone and she lost about $10,000 worth of items from the incident, including four pairs of shoes, makeup, clothes, skincare, a laptop, an iPad and a hairdryer.
  • “I truly hope this doesn’t happen to anyone else,” she says at the end of her last video. So far, her series of TikTok videos have accumulated over 171,500 views in total.

A tourist from Vancouver explained how she managed to track down the person who allegedly stole her luggage from the trunk of her boyfriend’s parked car during a trip to San Francisco last month.

In a series of TikTok videos posted on July 13 and July 14, user @Kellykwan0 said she and her boyfriend had checked out of their hotel in the morning to meet some friends and have lunch at Dumpling Home. Kelly mentioned that they took their luggage with them, admitting it was “the first mistake already, we should not have done that.”

Thai man, 60, steals soap bars to go to jail and end his starvation on the streets

  • Phichit, a 60-year-old Thai man, purposely stole soap bars from a pharmacy in Bangkok in hopes of getting arrested and ending his hunger on the streets.
  • He said it is preferable to go to jail, where he will at least be served three meals a day.
  • Although there is a video of Phichit being taken away in the back of a truck, it is not clear if he was arrested and charged with theft.
  • Thailand’s inflation rate rose to 7.66% in June 2022 from 7.1% in the prior month, marking the highest level seen since July 2008.

A 60-year-old Thai man purposely stole soap bars from a pharmacy in Bangkok in hopes of getting arrested and ending his hunger on the streets.  

The man, identified as Phichit, readily confessed to the police after stealing three bars of soap worth 51 baht (approximately $1.41) at a pharmacy in the Sattahip district in Chonburi province on July 29.

‘Asian American frontline worker is NOT afraid’: SF Walgreens employee follows thief while calling him out

  • An Asian employee at a San Francisco Walgreens has raised both praise and concern for following a man as he allegedly stole items off their shelves.
  • Cellphone video shows the worker, identified only as Mary, trailing and calling out the alleged thief who stuffed products into his pants.
  • It’s unclear whether police arrived in time to arrest the man.

An Asian employee has raised both praise and concern for trailing a man while he allegedly stole from a Walgreens in San Francisco.

The incident, which was caught on cellphone video, reportedly occurred at the Walgreens on Geary and Taylor and went viral on Sunday night.

Asian immigrant families fear eviction after NYC real estate developer vanishes with their $4 million

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  • Brooklyn real estate developer Xihui “Steven” Wu falsely claimed he had the right to sell apartment units to Asian immigrant families residing in his 345 Ovington Avenue residential building.
  • Wue also has not obtained rights from the New York State to sell condo units. After he collected over $4 million from the families’ deposits, Wu allegedly vanished.
  • The families, who have since filed lawsuits against Wu, fear eviction after a Kings County judge granted an order to allow the foreclosure of the building.
  • The auction has been ​​put on hold following a negotiation with a lender of the building.
  • In the meantime, the lender has agreed to reach an agreement allowing the families to continue to live there. The case will enter bankruptcy court, where a trustee will determine how to move forward if the parties cannot reach a resolution.

At least 20 Asian immigrant families in Brooklyn, New York, are facing eviction after falling victim to a ​​$4 million housing fraud from their building’s real estate developer.

Brooklyn real estate developer Xihui “Steven” Wu falsely claimed he had the right to sell individual apartment units to the families. After he collected over $4 million from their deposits, Wu allegedly vanished. 

Nationwide rise in Kia and Hyundai car thefts due to TikTok challenge teaching USB cable hot-wiring

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  • Several cities across the United States have seen a rise in Kia and car thefts due to a TikTok trend called the “Kia Challenge.”
  • The TikTok challenge informs viewers on how to steal Kia vehicles by smashing the windows and using a USB cable to start the car.
  • A group of teenagers calling themselves the “Kia Boyz” have been breaking into Kia and Hyundai vehicles, starting the cars and taking them for joyrides.
  • Police departments in cities such as Louisville, Kentucky and Arlington, Texas have been reporting an alarming spike in the number of Kia and Hyundai car thefts.

A recent TikTok challenge informing viewers on how to steal Kia vehicles with a USB cable has caused a rise in car thefts across several cities in the United States. 

Many of the car thefts are believed to have been a part of a TikTok trend called the “Kia challenge,” where users are challenged to steal the vehicles by smashing the windows and using a USB cable or phone charger to start the car.

Ex-Mass. state senator, now-congressional candidate, says gun theft charges against him are racially motivated

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  • Former Massachusetts State Sen. Dean Tran pleaded “absolutely not guilty” on Thursday to charges related to an alleged gun theft incident in June 2019.
  • Tran, the Republican candidate running against Democratic U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan for Massachusetts’ 3rd Congressional District, is accused of coercing an elderly constituent into giving up her late husband’s firearms and later breaking into her home to steal one of them.
  • On Wednesday, Tran filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Maura Healey, a supporter of Trahan’s, saying the timing of the charges was “politically motivated” and that he is being attacked for being Asian American.
  • Tran was stripped of his Senate leadership role in 2020 after the Ethics Committee found that he made his staff campaign for his re-elections in 2018 and 2020 during regular business hours.

Former Massachusetts State Sen. Dean Tran has pleaded not guilty to several charges in connection with an alleged gun theft incident in 2019, adding that the timing of the charges was politically and racially motivated.

Tran, the Republican candidate running against Democratic U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan for the state’s 3rd Congressional District, was indicted on July 1 on charges including larceny of a firearm, larceny over $250 from a person over 60 or disabled, filing an application for a license to carry containing false information, obtaining a signature by false pretenses with intent to defraud, misleading a police investigation and stealing by confining or putting in fear, according to MassLive.

Asian business owners targeted by South American crime group in central Indiana, police say

  • Two men believed to be part of a South American theft ring were busted after a home burglary in Fishers, Indiana, on Tuesday night.
  • Charly Sneider Benavides Mayorga, 34, and Jhon Jairo Munoz Lopera, 33, were reportedly found carrying fake IDs, passports and driver’s licenses bearing various jurisdictions.
  • Police said the theft ring has been targeting high-end homes and Asian business owners in Indiana’s Hamilton and Marion Counties.
  • Mayorga and Lopera, who have been charged with burglary, theft, resisting law enforcement and possession of false government identification, are currently being held at Hamilton County Jail.

Two men believed to be part of a South American theft ring were busted after a home burglary in Fishers, Indiana, on the night of July 4.

The incident occurred at a property in the 15600 block of Allistair Drive near 104th Street and Cyntheanne Road at around 10:30 p.m, according to reports.