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This primate was not monkeying around when he stole the cash from the jewellery store drawer

Trained Monkey Robs Rs 10000 from Jewellery Shop in India (Guntur), Monkey Thieves Caught on Camera

A thieving monkey has been filmed ransacking a jewellery shop and running off with cash in India.

The primate is said to have deliberately distracted staff by throwing a piece of fruit into the shop before “advancing towards the cash drawers”, The Hindu Times reports.

“The monkey threw a guava inside the shop. Then it entered the store in the pretext of taking back the fruit. We threw the fruit back but it entered the shop anyway,” the unnamed shop owner said.

“It sat for almost 20 minutes in the store and then it opened the drawer and took away cash.”

More than $200 is believed to have been stolen from the store, which is located in the city of Guntur, on India’s east coast.

It is not known if the cash has been recovered.


Monkeys, which are revered by Hindus, often run riot in urban centres in India, to the point where a “monkey prison” has been established for the more criminally minded primates.

One such jail, in the northern city of Patiala, houses 11 monkeys apprehended for thieving and attacking people.

“It’s unlikely that any of them will ever be paroled,” warden Ram Tirath told The Daily Telegraph.



19-year-old Alexandra Martinez, who’s been charged with grand larceny.image

A TEENAGER has been arrested and charged with grand larceny after allegedly preying on wealthy men in New York.

Sources claim 19-year-old Alexandra Martinez made a killing in the Big Apple by getting picked up at bars and then ripping off her marks at their homes or hotels.

Martinez targeted at least five men in Brooklyn and Manhattan for a total haul of $58,000 in cash and pricey watches, the sources said. She allegedly slipped Mickeys into cocktails she stirred for at least two victims.

Martinez had an accomplice in the Brooklyn jobs and picked her victims based on the value of their watches, prosecutors said.

“They typically meet the male victims at clubs or restaurants. The victims are usually wearing Rolex watches,” prosecutor Wilfredo Cotto said.

After working their way into the men’s luxury apartments, Martinez allegedly mixed drinks that knocked out the victims, who would later “awake to find their property missing,” Cotto said.

In one case, Martinez and her accomplice allegedly made off with four watches — three Rolexes and a Breitling, worth more than $38,500 — and $4,500 from an apartment.

Martinez allegedly chose her victims based on the price of their watches image

Martinez allegedly chose her victims based on the price of their watches.

The victim, 24, told cops he met the women at an Artichoke Pizza outlet before bringing them home at around 3am. Sept. 4, the sources said.

In another case, Martinez and a crony allegedly pulled the same stunt on a 44-year-old man at around 4am. Thanksgiving Day.

That victim told cops he invited the women up to his pad at 111 Lawrence St., where they swiped a $10,000-plus Rolex and about $800, according to court records.

Martinez allegedly worked alone in two of the Manhattan cases, including one in which a 34-year-old victim chased her down and caught her in a cab with his credit cards after she allegedly swiped his wallet while he was in the bathroom in his apartment at 52 Greenwich Ave. on July 22.

Martinez, who is charged with five counts of grand larceny, was released on $50,000 bond.

Defence lawyer Marianne Bertuna said Martinez would “vehemently” fight the charges.

The New York Post has previously reported on an alarming rise in watch thefts in New York this year, including at least 31 Rolexes that have been taken by women going after men in bars and clubs.

Most notably, a Beverly Hills watch dealer, Steven Rostovsky, told cops he lost a $590,000, limited-edition Greubel Forsey watch and $6,000 to two women he brought from a Midtown strip club to The Baccarat hotel in the predawn hours of Dec. 7.

Also, two women stole $750,000 in watches and jewellery from the Tribeca pad of basketball star Derrick Williams, who brought them home after meeting them in a nightclub.

Martinez is not a suspect in either of those crimes.

This story originally appeared on the New York Post and was republished with permission.



Has a mysterious WW2 train been found and was it carrying tonnes of gold image

Has a mysterious WW2 train been found and was it carrying tonnes of gold?

Warsaw: Two people in Poland say they have found a Nazi German train cloaked in mystery since it was rumoured to have gone missing near the end of World War II while carrying away gold, gems and guns ahead of advancing Soviet Red Army forces.

Local authorities in Poland’s south-western district of Walbrzych said they had been contacted by a law firm representing a Pole and a German who said they had located the train and were seeking 10 per cent of the value of the findings.

“Lawyers, the army, the police and the fire brigade are dealing with this,” Marika Tokarska, an official at the Walbrzych district council, said. “The area has never been excavated before and we don’t know what we might find.”

Sobibor train station in Poland in 2009. The Nazis killed at least 250,000 Jews at the Sobibor death camp during the Holocaust.image
A view of the Sobibor train station in Poland in 2009. The Nazis killed at least 250,000 Jews at the Sobibor death camp during the Holocaust. Photo: ReutersLocal news reports said the train in question went missing in 1945, packed with loot from the-then eastern German city of Breslau, now called Wroclaw and part of Poland, as the Red Army closed in at the end of World War II.

One local media report said the train was armoured and belonged to the Wehrmacht (Nazi Germany’s military).

Radio Wroclaw cited local folklore as saying the train entered a tunnel near Ksiaz Castle in the mountainous Lower Silesian region and never emerged. According to that theory, the tunnel was later closed and its location long forgotten.

Other media said the train could have been carrying some 300 tonnes of gold.

According to Radio Wroclaw, the 150-metre-long train was carrying guns, “industrial equipment”, gems and other valuable treasure. Tokarska said she did not have any details on the location or the contents of the missing train.

Some sceptics say there is no evidence that it ever existed.

“A handful of people have already looked for the train, damaging the line in the process, but nothing was ever found,” Radio Wroclaw quoted Joanna Lamparska as saying, describing her as a connoisseur of the region’s history.

“But the legend has captured imaginations.”

Trains were indeed used to spirit Nazi loot back to Berlin as US-led Allied and Soviet forces surged towards the German capital from the west and the east in the winter and spring of 1945.

In the case of the so-called “Gold Train”, Nazi forces sent 24 freight carriages from Budapest towards Germany filled with family treasures including gold, silver and valuable paintings seized from Hungarian Jews and estimated to be worth up to $US200 million ($273 million).

That train was intercepted by US soldiers, who, according to a later US investigation, helped themselves to some of the loot.




A Rolex watch, similar to the one that was stolen

A Rolex watch, similar to the one that was stolen Photo: Victoria Police.

The clock may be ticking for a man who allegedly duped two Gumtree sellers into letting him try on an expensive Rolex watch before running off with it.

Police are searching for the man who met the sellers at Doncaster Shopping Centre.

The sellers set up the meeting with the man, who used the name “Johnny”, after he expressed interest in buying the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch, which had been advertised on Gumtree for $22,000.

The man wanted over the theft of a $22,000 Rolex

The man wanted over the theft of a $22,000 Rolex Photo: Victoria Police.

After asking to try on the watch, the man ran off with it.

One of the sellers chased after the man, but gave up when the thief allegedly pulled out a weapon and threatened him with it.

Features of the stolen watch, according to the Gumtree advertisement, include a “chocolate Arabic dial and black ceramic bezel black strap” and an “18 [carat] everose gold folding buckle with locking clasp”.

Police have released images taken from CCTV footage of the man, who is described as being aged between 20 and 30 years old and about 180 centimetres tall, with an athletic build.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000


Two drunk thieves were caught in the early hours of Monday morning stealing a valuable painting from a Bavarian museum.


Police in Nuremberg were alerted at 4.30am by the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in the city. A security guard said the museum’s alarms were going off and two people with torches had been stopped.

Officers sealed off the area surrounding the building with dogs and men. In the museum’s courtyard they arrested two men and recovered the painting undamaged.

Police said in a statement on Monday that the men, aged 22 and 23, were “under the influence of alcohol”. The case is now being investigated by detectives in Nuremberg, who said the men have admitted to theft.

The painting by German-Danish, 20th Century artist Emil Nolde measured 40cm by 60cm.



A $625,000 gold shipment disappeared in a suspected robbery after arriving via American Airlines in Miami this week, reports Fox News.

En route from Ecuador, the box full of gold was unloaded onto a motorized luggage cart by five airline crew members. An hour later, the cart was found at the terminal gate without the box of gold.

Police did not say who owned the gold or where it was originally headed.

The FBI is looking into the theft.

Coming in mainly from Mexico and Colombia, Miami’s No. 1 import is gold and  last year it was valued at almost $8 billion. Almost all of the bullion is headed for Switzerland, according to Reuters.





Canadian detectives are hunting the masterminds of a sophisticated $C1.9 million ($1.95 million) bank fraud that netted the thieves 75 gold bars from Perth Mint.

The gold bars are uniquely Australian, stamped with jumping kangaroos and the Perth Mint’s swan logo, and were illegally bought last month from a Montreal financial institution.

The fraudsters have been shopping the bars around Canadian jewellery stores and metal industries in an attempt to either sell or melt the stolen treasure, Toronto police said.

Only one of the 75 10-ounce bars has been recovered, while two arrests have been made.

Toronto Police have released photos of the Perth Mint gold bars to help the public easily identify the stolen booty.

“The bars are so unique we hope anyone who is approached to purchase or melt the gold will contact us,” Detective Ruth Moran, of Toronto Police’s financial crimes unit, said.

“We know people have tried to sell or melt them on at least three occasions.”

The fraudsters managed to pull off the theft by illegally obtaining a draft from a Toronto bank to obtain the $C1.9 million. They then bought the 75 Perth Mint gold bars, 19 one-kilogram gold bars and two 100-gram gold bars.

Detective Moran said two men have been charged with possessing the bars, Thevarajah Thambipillai, 55, and Senthuran Kanapathipillai, 32, but the search continues for alleged accomplices.

“One of them had one of the bars in his possession at the time of his arrest and that’s the bar we have,” Detective Moran said.

“The other man was arrested with possession but we were unable to recover the bars he had.”

The Canadian Bankers Association is offering a reward of up to $C50,000 ($50,850) for any public information that leads to the arrest, conviction and recovery of the gold bars.


A British couple honeymooning on an exotic island were forced to kneel beside their beds before they were shot by two robbers – all for a small amount of cash, a camera and two mobile phones.

A British coroner has ruled the deaths of Ben and Catherine Mullany, both 31, on the island of Antigua were “unlawful killings”.

The couple were given the trip to the island in the West Indies as a gift from their families, only to be shot in their luxury chalet at the Cocos Hotel on the final night of their holiday on July 27, 2008.

Keniel Martin  leaves the High Court of Antigua and Barbuda in St John's, Antigua,  where he stands accused along with Avie Howell of the murder of Britons Ben and Catherine Mullany in July 2008.Guilty … Keniel Martin. Photo: AP

Mrs Mullany died in the chalet, while Mr Mullany died a week after he was flown back to their home of Swansea, Wales.

The inquest heard that Mrs Mullany, a doctor who was training to be a GP, and Mr Mullany, a student physiotherapist and former soldier and policeman, were innocent victims, the BBC reported.

“Both were forced to kneel to the side of the bed and were shot in the back of the head,” South Wales Police PC Emma Warner told the inquest.

“Three spent cartridges were found on the floor of their chalet and there was damage to the bathroom door where it had been kicked in.

“The safe was open and property had been taken, including a quantity of cash, a digital camera and two mobile phones.”

Kaniel Martin, 23, and Avie Howell, 20, were charged soon after the killings and were convicted of murder after a trial in Antigua in July. They are due to be sentenced next week.

Coroner Philip Rogers said the shooting was a “tragic and sad event”.

“They were both shot at the same time in the course of the robbery at their chalet.

“Ben and Catherine’s parents have been through a great deal in the past three years waiting for the killers to be brought to justice.

“There is only one verdict – that they were unlawfully killed.”

The Daily Mail reported the couple’s family released a statement saying: “Ben and Cath will live on in our hearts forever.”

The murders of the Mullanys was a huge news story in Britain in 2008, as Mrs Mullany was the first visitor to be killed on the island in more than a decade.

The shootings came in the middle of a huge crime wave on the island.

“We’ve had killings before but not like this – not visitors,” Assistant Superintendent Chas Tanet told The Guardian at the time.

“It’s shocking. It’s not a thing you want to see happen ever again.

NOTE-Same should be done to the killers. Execute them in the street…


A woman has been jailed in Tasmania Australia for racking up almost $200,000 worth of charges on a Telstra SIM card swiped from a smart meter. She’s been jailed for 18 months and ordered by the court to repay $193,187.43 to Aurora Energy, the company that the SIM belonged to. That’s got to hurt


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