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Thieves loot Pete Sampras' storage in LA

Los Angeles -- Los Angeles police say they have no leads in a reported burglary in which a cache of trophies belonging to tennis great Pete Sampras was taken.

Sampras told police someone nearly cleaned out the storage in November, taking his first Australian Open trophy and awards from nearly 90 other events he participated in during his career.

"I thought there were security cameras," the 39-year-old Sampras told the Los Angeles Times. "I thought these things were locked up tight. I was shocked."

Police: Convicted burglar hits same house

Bolingbrook, Ill. -- Police in Illinois said a man on probation for burglary returned to the same home and took many of the same items.

Bolingbrook police Lt. Mike Rompa said "a laptop computer, camera, Wii and Xbox video game systems, a platinum and diamond engagement ring, other jewelry, stocks, bonds and $50 in change -- roughly $20,000 worth of property" was stolen during the Nov. 30 break-in, The (Joliet, Ill.) Herald reported Tuesday.

Investigators said similarities to a May 28, 2009, burglary at the same residence led them to interview Robert Osewski, 20, who was on probation for the crime.

Police: GIs bungled pot-shop burglary

Colorado Springs -- Three U.S. soldiers were trapped in an alleged attempted burglary of a medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado Springs, police said.

Darius Thomas, 23, Cory Young, 22, and Ramone Hollins, 22, were arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary at Rocky Road Remedies, police told The Colorado Springs Gazette. All are active-duty soldiers at Fort Carson.

Police say the men forced open a back door sometime before 2 a.m. Saturday.

When the door closed, they were locked in, said Sgt. Jennifer Lewis.
Officer Alan Vantland spotted the men inside after arriving to check on a complaint at a neighboring bar, she said.

Suspect had mouse in rectum

Seneca, S.C. -- Police in South Carolina said a nude burglary suspect who appeared to be under the influence of drugs was found to have a mouse lodged in his rectum.

Oconee County sheriff's deputies said they responded to a home near Seneca Monday on a report of a burglary and discovered Noah Smith, 31, was naked and lying face down in the doorway of the address, WCSC-TV, Charleston, reported Wednesday.

Investigators said Smith slapped a deputy, who responded by using his Taser to no effect. More deputies arrived and confronted Smith in the victim's bedroom, where he allegedly tried to attack the authorities until he was finally wrestled to the ground and placed in handcuffs and leg shackles.

Police: Thief took parts from 35 AC units

Hudson, Fla. -- Police in Florida said they arrested a man who allegedly stole coils and copper parts from dozens of air conditioning units and sold them for scrap.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office said Robert John Rutherford, 24, took parts from 35 commercial air conditioning units during the month of August at locations including Sav-A-Lot, Family Fitness, Long Dental Lab, Salon Essentials and the Bealls Outlet, the St. Petersburg Times reported Friday.

Deputies said Rutherford sold the metal as scrap.

Rutherford, who authorities said may have had accomplices, was arrested Oct. 1 and has been charged with 24 counts of grand theft, attempted burglary and possession of burglary tools. He was jailed in lieu of $164,163 bond.

Prowler breaks into Paris Hilton’s home; arrested

A man holding two big knives and trying to break into Paris Hilton's home in the wealthy area of Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles has been apprehended.

'Bling ring' convict released early

Los Angeles -- Alexis Neiers, the 19-year-old star of reality TV show "Pretty Wild," was released from jail after serving less than 30 days of her 6-month term for burglary.

Neiers, who was implicated in the "bling ring" celebrity burglary spree this spring, was released Friday from the Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood, the Los Angeles Times reported.

She pleaded no contest in May but was released shortly into her jail sentence because of overcrowding.

Shawn Johnson testifies she was "really scared" by heavily armed stalker

Gold medal-winning gymnast Shawn Johnson testified Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court in a case involving a Florida man accused of stalking her last year, according to the Associated Press.

Police: Grandma involved in burglary spree

Wareham, Mass. -- Police in Massachusetts said a gang of alleged burglars accused of taking more than $9,000 worth of items includes a grandmother and her grandson.

Investigators said Lee Pires, 57, of Onset, her grandson Adrian Martin, 21, of Onset, and his friend Timothy Morrison, 19, of Wareham, allegedly stole $9,000 worth of jewelry, cash and electronics during a three-day burglary spree in Wareham, the Boston Globe reported.

Police said they identified the three suspects after an investigation and Martin was arrested after police followed the vehicle believed to be involved in the break-ins to a computer repair store. Pires and Morrison were arrested at the store.

Actor Randy Quaid, wife jailed for missing multiple court dates

Actor Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi, were briefly jailed Monday after showing up to court two weeks late for their long running case involving an unpaid hotel bill.