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When you hear that someone has a 25 aliases, has been imprisoned nine times for burglary, and a 20 page rap sheet that goes all the way back to 1955, the last person you would expect it to belong to is an 82 year old woman by the name of Doris Thompson. Thompson was recently arrested in an El Segundo, California, hotel and charged with the burglaries of 8 doctors’ offices after a Torrance detective recognized her in the security footage based on a police bulletin from several years previous to this incident. “That’s her M.O.,” said Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Paulette Paccione. “What she does is she goes in with her little burglar bag. She takes cash, stamps, whatever she can find.” Torrance Police Sgt. Robert Watt explained that Thompson would enter a doctor’s office and hide until after closing and then search around the office for keys to the cash box. According to Watt, Thompson stole around (more…) Read more

After a successful pilot program for home security in Arizona last year, 2011, cable, internet, and phone provider Cox Communications, subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, has decided to expand its home security product into new markets. “Customers trust Cox each day to connect them to the things they care about. For most people, home and family are at the top of that list. Cox Home Security is a natural extension of the communications services we deliver.” Asheesh Saksena, executive vice president and chief strategy officer, said. Cox will be able to bundle their home security offering together with its cable, internet, and phone products to offer savings to the customer. The service includes 24/7 monitoring for intrusion, fire, gas, and floods as well as a remote access capabilities that allow customers to access their system remotely through a secure online site or a Smartphone application. “Cox Home Security is consistent with our desire to deliver solutions that meet the individual and unique needs of each customer.” Vince Groff, Cox’s new general manager of this project, said. “One home may require a… Read more

Four men and one lookout were caught on camera robbing the Roosevelt Gold Exchange in Cicero, IL Monday, August 6th, and made off with over $40,000 worth of jewelry reports the Chicago Tribune. The men arrived in a white van and entered the gold exchange at 1:30 p.m.; two of the suspects distracted an employee through the protective glass while another broke in through the back and attacked the employee, letting the others in. “They have a crowbar in their hand, and they’re telling him they’re going to kill him. It’s terrible,” Cicero Town Spokesperson Ray Hanania told ABC Chicago. The men put a pillowcase over the employee’s head and bound it with a phone cord and then proceeded to steal over $40,000 in jewelry. Once they grabbed as much jewelry as they could, they went to grab the security tapes so they didn’t leave behind any incriminating evidence, and were met face-to-face with a large 110-pound (more…) Read more

McDonald's Burglar Settles for Dessert Burglar breaks into McDonalds, attempts to open cash register as well as pull it off the counter and take the entire thing with him. After many attempts to pull to both open and pull the register off the counter, the burglar went to one of the refrigerators and grabbed some food, then left. The convention of the criminal returning to the scene of a crime holds true in this case because the burglar was rounded up the day after, right outside of this McDonalds. (more…) Read more

Since Lowe’s (NYSE: LOW) January announcement of their upcoming release of a new smart home product, they’ve teamed up with UK based smart home technology company AlertMe to release Iris, an all-in-one solution to integrating household control systems. “This is an exciting development in the connected home space,” Stuart Sikes, president of Parks Associates, experts in emerging consumer technology products and services, said. “While there have been various simple applications such as remote management of HVAC systems that have delivered significant savings, until now, there have been few comprehensive offerings aimed at the mass market. Lowe’s new Iris product and service platform has the attributes needed to break down these barriers and reach the consumer with a scalable solution at an affordable price, and it should position the company as a formidable leader in this space.” Starting at $179, Iris is essentially a (more…) Read more