By Patrick J. McDonnell and Patrick J. McDonnell,Los Angeles Times | August 19, 2007
LIMA, Peru -- Authorities bolstered the troop and police presence in the earthquake-shattered zone south of Peru's capital yesterday after a wave of looting targeted shops, relief vehicles and aid storage sites. Hundreds of reinforcements were posted along highways and in the hard-hit cities of Chincha, Pisco and Ica, all of which reported incidents of pillaging. Three days after the devastating 8.0-magnitude quake struck -- killing about 500 people and injuring 1,500 others -- tens of thousands of people remained without even temporary housing and a regular supply of water and food.
AEGIS STAFF REPORT | December 24, 2012
A Joppa resident surprised a man and a woman burglarizing his home Sunday, and a neighbor then chased the burglar, who dropped what had been taken from the home before getting away, the Harford County Sheriff's Office reported. Sheriff's deputies responded to the home in the 2600 block of Greenspring Avenue West at 12:08 p.m. Sunday for a report of breaking and entering in progress. Upon arrival, they met the homeowner, Walter Verbus, 72, who told them he came home and interrupted a man burglarizing the home, according to a media release from Eddie Hopkins, spokesman for the sheriff's office.
By Los Angeles Times | December 27, 1992
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- The methodical pace of U.S intervention here has set off a counterproductive reaction of looting and killing in unoccupied areas that is spreading across the border into Kenya, relief officials said yesterday.As U.S. Marines and other foreign troops in the United Nations-sponsored Joint Task Force take over more and more centers in the famine zone, Somalia's warring clans are withdrawing westward toward the Kenyan border.Their pattern is to loot villages and farms as they go, a tactic that has now spread into large camps that shelter almost a half-million Somalis just across the Kenyan frontier, said Panos Moumtzis, spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2011
Elly Wierda, a volunteer who was a member of the Dutch Resistance during World War II, died July 7 of cancer at her Rock Hall home. She was 88. Born Elly Klein Bog, the daughter of a wealthy textile company owner and a homemaker, she was raised in Amsterdam, where she received her education. During World War II, she joined the resistance movement in her homeland. With the cessation of hostilities in 1945, she went to Germany seeking art that had been looted during the Nazi occupation of Holland.
By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,SUN ARTS WRITER | April 18, 2003
The thing that bothers national cultural leaders Martin Sullivan and Gary Vikan most about the looting in Iraq is how little art seems to matter, at least to U.S. military commanders. "That's probably the worst thing," said Vikan, director of the Walters Art Museum. The pair - along with Richard S. Lanier, director of a New York foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, that deals with relations between the United States and Eastern Europe - resigned Monday from the President's Advisory Committee on Cultural Property in protest.
By Edmund Sanders and Abukar Albadri and Edmund Sanders and Abukar Albadri,Los Angeles Times | December 29, 2006
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Somalia's beleaguered capital fell early today to Ethiopian and Somali government troops who marched quietly into the city before dawn and took control without firing a shot. An Islamic alliance that had controlled Mogadishu and much of the country evaporated yesterday after a string of military losses, and in the security vacuum, violent looting broke out in the capital. Residents awoke this morning to find the Ethiopians and troops of Somalia's U.N.-backed transitional government taking positions.
SEATTLE -- It took only a few minutes for the people in the monarch butterfly costumes and union jackets to realize that what was planned as the biggest American demonstration yet against global trade here yesterday had turned into a burst of window-breaking and looting in the late afternoon light.A surge of violence that ended in a civil emergency began when a knot of people clad in black broke away from the main demonstration and started overturning Dumpsters, stoking fires and smashing windows of stores and restaurants.
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | April 12, 2003
Television news is gearing down from its fever-pitch coverage of the war in Iraq, but it's having a hard time finding a voice in which to tell the equally important continuing story of life after the fall of Saddam Hussein. The made-for-TV-movie story line of a blitzkrieg-like assault across the desert to Baghdad came to climax with the picture-perfect image of the giant bronze statue of Hussein being toppled in the capital city on Wednesday. There was no doubt within network and cable newsrooms as to how the war should be covered from the time U.S. troops reached the outskirts of Baghdad last weekend through the fall of the statue.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - In the weeks after Baghdad fell in April 2003, looters systematically dismantled and removed tons of machinery from Saddam Hussein's most important weapons installations, including some with high-precision equipment capable of making parts for nuclear arms, a senior Iraqi official said last week in the government's first extensive comments on the looting. The Iraqi official, Dr. Sami al-Araji, the deputy minister of industry, said it appeared that a highly organized operation had pinpointed specific plants looking for valuable equipment, some of which could be used for both military and civilian applications, and carted the machinery away.
By Tom Hundley and Tom Hundley,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 16, 2003
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The preliminary report on the looting of the National Museum of Iraq is scheduled to be released by the Pentagon today, but after spending several days inspecting the damage, McGuire Gibson, professor of Mesopotamian archaeology at the University of Chicago, has reached his own verdict. "We have dodged a bullet," he said yesterday after walking through the corridors of the ransacked museum, where glass from smashed display cases crackles underfoot and ancient Assyrian statues knocked from their pedestals lie on the floor like bodies at a crime scene.
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2011
Gary Vikan, director of the Walters Art Museum , is guardedly hopeful that the unrest in Egypt won't interfere with a big exhibit planned for the fall of 2014. Long before protests broke out this week, the Walters had been working on a future exhibit that will spotlight the ancient treasures of the North African nation. So, when Vikan heard that Egypt's museums and storehouses were being looted, he was understandably concerned. But early indications are that damage to Cairo's famed Egyptian Museum was relatively minor, and that the approximately 70 items that were taken or smashed in the first 24 hours of the unrest can be repaired.
March 2, 2010
T he devastation from Saturday's earthquake that killed more than 720 came into sharper focus Monday as survivors were pulled from rubble and relief offers trickled in. Rampant looting continued as arrests for curfew violations rose. Above, a woman and child watch as looters set fire to a supermarket near their home in the coastal city of Constitucion, which was hit by the 8.8-magnitude temblor and the resulting tsunami. Below, people catch merchandise being tossed from a looted market in Concepcion.
By Patrick J. McDonnell and Tracy Wilkinson and Tribune Newspapers | March 1, 2010
With more than 700 people reported dead, rescuers smashed through fallen walls and sawed into rubble Sunday in an urgent push to find survivors of the massive earthquake that roared through Chile a day earlier. Some 2 million were said to be displaced, injured or otherwise impaired by the disaster. Untold numbers remained missing. Government forces struggled to contain looting in some of the most heavily damaged areas, dispatching the army to the task in Concepcion, Chile's second-largest city.
January 20, 2010
The world has responded with tremendous generosity to the destruction in Haiti after last week's earthquake, but the breakdown of security and order there threatens to multiply the already terrible death toll if the food, water and medicine pouring into the country can't be distributed properly. Relief officials now estimate that the death toll could rise as high as 200,000, with hundreds of thousands more left seriously injured or homeless. With people desperate for food, water and shelter, looting has broken out in the country's shattered capital, Port-au-Prince, and thousands of residents are trying to flee the destruction for outlying areas, some of which are in even worse shape.
By PETER SCHMUCK | March 21, 2008
It sounds like the stuff of movies - including Fool's Gold, which is still in theaters - but there really are people who hunt for sunken treasure off the Florida coast and throughout the Caribbean Sea. In fact, a group of treasure hunters from Miami will set sail next week to salvage the Spanish galleon Concepcion somewhere off the coast of the Dominican Republic. Burt Webber Jr., who located the ship in 1978 and recovered $14 million in booty, is leading a 13-member crew that hopes to recover the rest of a treasure that could be valued as high as $100 million.
By Robyn Dixon and Nicholas Soi and Robyn Dixon and Nicholas Soi,LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 1, 2008
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Police opened fire yesterday on rampaging opposition supporters who were burning houses and cars, looting businesses and attacking people, as the death toll in Kenya's post-election violence climbed to at least 125. In Kibera, a sprawling slum area of Nairobi, youths armed with machetes, wooden posts and iron bars tore down shacks and looted whatever was left to take, in a scene played out across the country, on the third day of opposition...
By John-Thor Dahlburg and John-Thor Dahlburg,LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 1, 2004
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - First word came as the shrill morning calls of roosters were echoing yesterday off the walls of shantytowns and villas in this still slumbering Caribbean capital city. Within minutes, there were explosions of celebratory gunfire, happy cries of "ca y est!" - "it's over!" - and outbreaks of looting by mobs. In the wealthy hillside suburb of Petionville, scores of boys and young men sacked an abandoned police station, carrying away police helmets and shields, thermos bottles and battered file cabinets.
By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,SUN STAFF | September 10, 2005
The ugly specter of racism has clouded the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, in the media as much as anywhere. In the blame game that often follows such events, members of the news media are wrestling over accusations that their use of certain terms - most notably refugees and looting - has exacerbated racial tensions during a disaster in which, tragically, most of the victims appear to be African-American. Many reporters tiptoed around that in the days after the storm hit Aug. 29, as though mentioning race was racist in itself.
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