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Homeland Security Investigations tracks down 19th Century Painting Stolen in Italy

“The Assumption of the Virgin Mary” by Italian artist Giuseppe Pappini in 1851.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) tracked down a 19th century painting that was stolen in Italy in 2002.

Acting on a tip from the HSI Attaché Office in Rome, investigators found the painting in the Dallas area, where a private art collected had purchased the painting in 2015 from a dealer who apparently was unaware that it was stolen, ICE says in a news release.

The artwork, titled “the Assumption of the Virgin Mary,” was painted by Italian artist Giuseppe Pappini in August 1851.

The private collector agreed to hand over the painting to investigators so it could be returned to the Abbey of Santa Maria in Sylvis in Sesto al Reghena, a monastery in Italy where it had been stolen.

“Investigating the loss or looting of cultural heritage properties and returning them to their countries of origin is an important part of HSI’s diverse mission” Ryan L. Spradlin, special agent in charge of HSI Dallas, said. “Our specially trained investigators and attachés in more than 40 countries not only partner with governments, agencies and experts who share our mission to protect these items, but they train the investigators of other nations and agencies on how to find, authenticate and enforce the law to recover these items when they emerge in the marketplace.”

Read more about ICE’s investigations of cultural property, arts and antiques.

Judicial Watch: Secret Service Lost Firearms, Badges, Phones, Laptops And Cars

secret serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service has lost firearms, work badges, telephones, laptops and even cars over the past 15 year, according to the nonprofit government watchdog Judicial Watch.

“This is supposedly an elite law enforcement agency — how did all this equipment get stolen?” or lost. “This is alarming. Every American should be alarmed about this,” Judicial Watch’s Irene Garcia told The Daily Caller News Foundation. 

Secret Service agents have lost or reported stolen 11,780 assets between the fiscal years 2001 and 2006, according to Judicial Watch.

Among those items were 121 “weapons/pistols,” 725 cell phones, 571 badges and six vehicles.   

Man Who Stole Rifle from Parked Homeland Security Car Say He Sold Gun to Drug Dealer

Russel Lawrence

Russel Lawrence

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal agents worry that a drug dealer is now in possession of a .223-caliber rifle that was stolen from the backseat of a car driven by a Homeland Security agent.

The rifle was stolen while the car was parked overnight in Brighton, N.Y., the Democrat and Chronicle reports. 

The discovery came from Russell Lawrence, a heroin addict who admitted he stole the gun and a tactical police vest.

Lawrence told authorities that he sold the vest and gun to a drug dealer.

The vehicle that was broken into was marked as a DHS car.

According to an affidavit, the agent may have forgotten to lock his car.

Secret Service Agent’s Gun, Badge Stolen, Radio From His Car

secret serviceBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s certainly not the first time a federal agent in Washington has had a gun stolen from a car. Still, at this juncture, certainly the Secret Service would prefer to avoid any bad publicity. Unfortunately, this sort of thing happens.

CNN reports that a Secret Service agent’s gun, badge, radio, handcuffs and flash drive were stolen from his personal car during the day Monday near the agency’s headquarters in Washington, according to a police report and sources briefed on the incident. The car had been parked on G Place NW in downtown D.C. around 4 p.m. when the incident happened.

According to CNN, a police report lists the stolen items: A  black Sig Sauer handgun, an APX6000 radio, handcuffs, a USB flash drive, a black Patagonia bag and a Secret Service badge, number 1266.

Stejskal: The Tale of the Stolen Meteorite

Greg Stejskal served as an FBI agent for 31 years and retired as resident agent in charge of the Ann Arbor office.

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By Greg Stejskal
ticklethewire.com

I was assigned to the FBI’s Ann Arbor, Michigan office for most of my career (referred to as a resident agency or RA in the Bureau) We were primarily responsible for investigating violations of federal  law in five counties which had a total population of about a million people.  Ann Arbor is also the home of the University of Michigan, one of the largest and most prestigious research institutions in the world.

A good thing about working in a RA was there were a variety of cases – some were very unique.

It was August 1998 when I got a call from Detective Kevin McNulty of the UM Department of Public Safety. McNulty and I had worked cases together before, and he told me that they had located a meteorite that had been stolen from the UM Museum of Natural History. McNulty explained that the 60 lb. meteorite, worth about $10,000, had been stolen from the fourth floor of the museum a few days before.

Apparently there was good market for meteorites especially ones from the Diablo (devil in Spanish) Canyon crater, aka Barringer Crater, near Flagstaff, Arizona. That crater has gained a sort of a science fiction cult fascination with the people that believe extraterrestrials have visited earth and may be still among us.  Part of this fascination is probably because the crater is relatively young in earth’s geological history, and it still looks like an impact crater like the ones on the moon. (In the 1984 movie, “Starman,” the ET character played by Jeff Bridges is trying to get to the Barringer crater to rendezvous with a rescue craft from his home planet.)

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China Aggressively Stealing Corporate Secrets, FBI Says

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

China is on the loose.

The Daily Beast writes that American companies are getting their secrets stolen like never before, according to the FBI,  and China is to blame for almost all of it.

The website reports that the FBI reports a surge in cases of economic espionage in the past year.

China’s intelligence services are “as aggressive now as they’ve ever been,” said Assistant Director Randall Coleman, who runs the bureau’s counterintelligence division, the Daily Beast reports.

To read the full story click here. 

 

Gun Used to Murder Woman in San Francisco Was Stolen from Federal Agent

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man accused of killing a 32-year-old woman on San Francisco’s waterfront used a gun stolen from a federal agent’s car, sources close to the investigation told the SFGate.com.

The gun was a .40-caliber pistol, but it did not appear to be the agent’s official gun.

Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez was charged in the murder of Kathryn Steinle.

The suspect was in the U.S. without documentation and was deported five times to his native Mexico.

The gun was stolen in a downtown robbery.

It wasn’t immediately clear which agency the agent worked for.

FBI Offers $5,000 Reward in Search for High-Powered Guns Stolen from Agent’s Car

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of two high-powered weapons and body armor from an FBI agent’s car in North Carolina, WSOCTV.com reports.

The shotgun and rifle were stolen from the agent’s car sometime between midnight and 8 a.m. Monday in the Hunter Oaks neighborhood.

The agent was permitted to keep his weapons in his car because he is part of a special response team that must be ready to respond around-the-clock.

It’s still unclear how the vehicle was broken into.

“No windows were broken,” said John Strong, who is the special agent in charge of the Charlotte Division. “The weapons were in individual canvas bags and locked in the trunk, as required by policy.”