Security and Crime News
Security Guard Accused Of Art Theft
October 13, 2005 - A security guard is accused of stealing paintings from an Oyster Bay Arts Council show last November.
Emerson Castaneda, 24, of 35 Lincoln Boulevard, Hempstead, was arrested Wednesday and arraigned today on a charge of grand larceny in the 3rd degree, said Nassau County police.
Four paintings valued at $4,100 were taken from the art show, scheduled to be held Nov. 10-12, 2004, in Old Westbury. The arts council cancelled the show after the thefts.
Castaneda was employed by Allied Security and assigned to the art show when the paintings went missing. Police recovered one painting from Castaneda's home on Wednesday. The remaining three were found at the home of his ex-girlfriend, police said.
Gun stolen at security guard conference
October 07, 2005 - THIEVES have stolen a pistol that was on display at a security guard conference on the Gold Coast.
It was taken from a locked display cabinet sometime yesterday at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, police said.
The theft was reported to police at 5pm when other weapons on display were signed back into the armoury.
Guard admits to Harry Potter theft
10 Oct 2005 - A security guard who tried to sell stolen copies of the latest Harry Potter novel has appeared in court where he admitted theft and possessing an imitation gun.
Aaron Lambert, 20, stole two copies of Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince from the distribution centre where he worked in Corby, Northants, on June 2 this year, six weeks before JK Rowling's latest instalment in the Potter saga was due to be released.
Lambert appeared at Northampton Crown Court where he also admitted possessing an imitation Walther PPK pistol with intent to cause fear of violence.
Matthew Brookes-Baker, prosecuting, told the court that Lambert brandished the gun in front of Sun newspaper reporter John Askill during negotiations with the journalist to sell the books.
Askill, the court heard, told police that the bodybuilder pointed the gun at him and later fired the weapon as he fled from Lambert's flat in Tresham Street, Kettering.
"It was pointed at my left shoulder and it was waved about my upper body," Askill told police in interviews. "During this I really had the belief that Aaron was going to use the gun. He appeared very angry and he was shaking."
Lambert, who denies pointing the weapon at Askill, will face a trial of issue before a judge into whether or not he pointed the gun at the reporter during the stand-off.
Nina Graham, defending, told the court: "The gun was discharged by accident and it was while the gun was pointed at the ground. When it (the gun) did go off it certainly was not being pointed at anyone."
Lambert was remanded into custody by Recorder Richard Benson QC until that hearing at a date to be fixed.
Security guard jailed on $1M bail for alleged child molestation
The man's wife is also charged in the case, but she has yet to be arrested, according to the Riverside County District Attorney's office.
The 48-year-old suspect, who is not being identified by The Desert Sun to protect the victim, appeared in court this morning after he turned himself in to Cathedral City police last night.
The suspect is charged with seven felony charges - five counts of child molestation and two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
The suspect's wife is also charged with one count of child molestation.
According to a criminal complaint, the suspect allegedly molested the girl beginning in August 1999, when she was 7 years old.
The incidents allegedly continued until June 2004, when the girl was 12 years old.
The suspect's wife told police her husband made her participate in the acts, allegedly threatening to shoot her.
The victim, who is now 13, reported the incidents to her school's assistant prinicipal, who alerted authorities, officials said.
A warrant was issued for the suspect's arrest Sept. 23, according to court records.
Security guard jailed over death
Ben Smith, 32, died in hospital on February 18 last year after Natan Kaplan punched him on the chin outside the Mint Bar in bayside Brighton five days earlier.
A Victorian Supreme Court jury found Kaplan, 23, of Cheltenham, guilty of manslaughter.
Justice Bernard Teague today sentenced Kaplan to five years in prison with a non-parole period of three years.
"There was no need for you to hit Benjamin Smith as you did," he said.
"(But) I accept that this is a manslaughter which is not towards the upper end of the scale of seriousness.
Santa Rosa Security Guard Arrested For Sex Battery
According to the police, the incident occurred at 6:30 a.m., when the victim arrived to open the business for deliveries.
The suspect, Patrick Gilles Murphy, escorted the victim through the passageway to the business and then allegedly pulled her into an adjacent hallway and forcibly sexually battered her.
The victim was able to break free from Murphy and flee the building, police report.
Murphy, 19, was arrested a short time later and charged with felony sexual battery, false imprisonment and kidnapping with the intent to commit sexual assault.
Security Guard Charged With Stealing DMV Exams
Alberto Duarte, 34, of 144-45 35th Avenue in Flushing, has been charged with tampering with public records in the first degree, forgery in the second degree, criminal possession of forgery devices, criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree and criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree and faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.
Prosecutors said that the criminal complaint charges that the defendant on July 20 admitted that he stole five written commercial drivers license examinations from the Department of Motor Vehicles while employed as a security guard at the DMV office located at 168-46 91st Avenue in Jamaica, Queens and sold the examinations and the answers to approximately 30 people who then took the exam.
The complaint also alleges that Duarte admitted that he bought a booklet containing numerous five-hour class certificates and two rubber stamps of a driving school. He then allegedly filled out and stamped the certificates and gave them to people for money. The charges additionally allege that Duarte admitted that he did not actually work for the driving school and that he issued the certificates to individuals who did not take the five-hour driving instruction class.
Detectives of the Queens District Attorneys Detective Squad and investigators from the Metro Fraud Unit Division of Field Investigation of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles executed a court-authorized search warrant drafted by his Organized Crime and Rackets Bureau at the defendants Flushing residence on July 21 and recovered a New York State Department of Motor Vehicles commercial drivers license written examination and answer sheet, 16 five-hour certificates, which were stamped with the name of Star Auto Driving School, and two stamps with the name Star Auto Driving School.
It is further alleged that the Star Auto Driving School certificates recovered at the defendants address were listed with a different address than the schools actual address.
Duarte has been arraigned in Queens Criminal Court before Judge Robert M. Raciti who set bail of $7,500 bond/$3,500 cash and a return date of Aug. 4. 8-02-05
The investigation was conducted by Senior Investigator Mark Beharry of the Metro Fraud Unit Division of Field Investigation of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles under the supervision of Supervising Investigator Robert Ashford and Detectives Elizabeth Curcio and Edwin Driscoll of the District Attorneys Detective Bureau under the supervision of Detective Sergeant Franco Russo and the overall supervision of Lawrence J. Festa, Chief, and Al D. Velardi, Deputy Chief.
Assistant District Attorney Purvi Patel of the District Attorney's Organized Crime and Rackets Bureau is prosecuting the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys Gerard A. Brave, Bureau Chief, Marc P. Resnick, Deputy Bureau Chief, and Christina Hanophy, Chief of Airport Investigations and Counter-Terrorism Unit, and the overall supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney for Investigations Peter A. Crusco and Deputy Executive Assistant District Attorney for Investigations Linda M. Cantoni.
It should be noted that a criminal complaint is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. 8-3-05
© J. R. Roberts, Security Strategies