Grand Larceny

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    'American Insurgent Movement' Leader Pleads Guilty to Plot to Overthrow Government, Rob Banks and Blow Up Mosques

    A Katy man who the FBI says tried to form an "American Insurgent Movement" to rob banks, blow up mosques and overthrow the government with "blood and bullets" has pleaded guilty in federal court. Court records show Robert Talbot Jr., 38, admitted to plotting his revolution in a hearing before feder ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    85-Year-Old Woman, aka "No Soul", Pleads Guilty to Ordering Hit on Prosecutors

    Dorothy Clark Canfield might look like your grandmother, but in lockup she had an ominous nickname: "No Soul." Canfield, 85, apparently picked up the moniker after being jailed in Montgomery County in 2012 on charges that she swindled undocumented immigrants out of $100,000 after posing as an immi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 17, 2014
  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Alleged Office Supply Conman On the Loose in North Houston

    Offices supplies can be worth a lot, especially when you steal a bunch of them. Houston police are searching for a man charged with stealing thousands of dollars from north Houston area companies since March by pawning things he buys on companies' lines of credit. Randy Moore, a 48-year-old white ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Is Your Chevy on Some Drug Gang's Radar?

    When the Houston Police Department releases its monthly list of the most stolen vehicles, the makes and models rarely change. What does move the needle a bit, however, is the total number of vehicles stolen each year. According to police, there were just over 13,500 thefts last year, a 4 percent inc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    Texans Tackle David Quessenberry's Pickup Truck Recovered From Evil Smugglers

    For Texans rookie offensive tackle David Quessenberry, OTA's and mini camp have been the best of times and the worst of times. On the one hand, with injuries to incumbent starter Derek Newton and fellow rookie Brennan Williams, the sixth-round draft choice out of San Jose State has been given an in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Thieves Prepare for Summer Early by Plundering A/C Unit

    After living in Houston for almost my entire life, I have accepted the fact that this city is gets too damn hot for too damn long. But, like everybody else, I just bitch and moan, until I finally accept it and I grab a cold beer and call it a day. Some have other ideas. According to a report from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    Top 5 Albums Lost to Us Because of Thieving Dicks

    Songs are like babies. Some of them drop into the world with barely a push, while others require yanking out with a wicked set of tongs after a long labor. Generally the latter is more common than the former, which is why any musician worth his or her salt carries around some sort of notebook to kee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    Last Night: The Adolescents & Youth Brigade at Fitzgerald's

    The Adolescents, Youth Brigade, The American Heist Fitzgerald's December 30, 2012 To end 2012 on a note of anti-apocalypse, in which the forces of vitality outmaneuver destruction and oblivion, Willow Villarreal of Hatetank Productions -- who has survived through the thick and thin of a fickle Hous ... More >>

  • Music

    December 27, 2012
  • Music

    December 20, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    You Better Watch Out...Someone Might Steal Your Car This Christmas

    So, let's see, what's on my wish list for this year? There's this killer Rush baseball jersey, a $1000 Visa gift card, chicken nuggets for life and, oh right, NOT getting my car stolen or broken into. Given how many cars get ripped off during the holidays, that last one on the list might be the toug ... More >>

  • Music

    September 27, 2012
  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    Venomous Maximus, American Heist Barrel Into Dallas' Riot Fest

    This week our sister paper the Dallas Observer and their music blog DC9 At Night talked to Houston's own Venomous Maximus -- namely lead singer Gregg Higgins and guitarist Christian Larson -- for their "My First Show" series. Rewind: Venomous Maximus Head Out Onto the Highway For Summer Tour Roc ... More >>

  • Music

    August 23, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    The Williamson Boys: Pocket-Dial Allows 911 To Get A Play-By-Play Of Their Copper Theft

    Modern technology giveth and it taketh away. It definitely hampered the best-laid plans of Kevin and Charles Williamson, two guys with lengthy criminal records who were planning on hitting a Lufkin construction site for some copper. The trouble was, according to the Lufkin News, was that one of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    What The "Top 10 Stolen Vehicles" List Says About Houston

    Stolen, by manly men​Every month Houston police put out a list of the most-often stolen vehicles, a list that defines what are either the most vulnerable or most desirable members of our automotive society. This month's is out....what does it tell us about Houston? 3. Our car thieves want yo ... More >>

  • Film

    November 3, 2011

    High-rise Robbery

    Stealing from the rich to...oh, whatever. Funny is the message in Tower Heist.

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Matthew Mehdi Rouhani, 61, Bayou Body Count No. 139

    A man was found shot to death in his westside business Saturday and his car was stolen, Houston police say. Matthew Mehdi Rouhani, 61, was found dead by employees in the 1600 block of Upland about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, HPD says. "Mr. Rouhani had not been seen since last Tuesday (Aug. 30) and his emp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    James Robert Monday's Manic Monday: East Texan Busted For Hauling Off Air-Water Machine from Store Parking Lot

    James Robert Monday: Manic indeed​In the latest of our series of "Only in East Texas" crimes, an AARP-aged man by the name of Monday was busted on the day of the same name for -- get this -- stealing a convenience store's coin-operated air and water dispenser. Not the quarters in it, mind yo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 16, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    16 City Employees Nabbed for Stealing City's Copper

    HPDArthur Samuel, city employee and alleged copper thief​Sixteen city employees have been charged with stealing copper, because hey, it was there for the taking, we guess. Seven have been arrested so far, HPD says. Investigators got a tip that the workers were selling copper to Latino's Scra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Fine Print on Crime Stats

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Auto Theft: 10 Best Houston Neighborhoods To Get Your Ride Stolen

    ​Houston can be a tough place to live without a car. So getting it stolen is a real bummer. And here are the 10 places where it's most likely to happen. We're not saying you need to avoid them, just be careful. The stats are from December, and as always, HPD cautions against comparing raw be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Ten Houston Neighborhoods: The Crimes They Experience

    Paging McGruff the Crime Dog​We've been plotting which neighborhoods in Houston lead in certain crime categories, but doing that doesn't really get you to the more well-known parts of town. So we decided to zero in on a few specific neighborhoods and see what crime's been going down in them. ... More >>

  • Music

    December 2, 2010

    Witchy Woman

    Weirdo, chola, pop princess, MySpace sensation...La Catrin is Houston's newest goth star.

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Linda Rosales and Jessica Rosales: Fail In Scheme To Use Kid's Breath To Fool Breathalyzer

    Cameron County SOLinda Rosales: Where's mother's little helper?​We've all been there before: we've driven to a party and gotten shit-faced. And then we've been faced with a dilemma: How best to get you and all your kids home?It's especially hard when the damn law has ordered that your car be fitte ... More >>

  • Music

    September 2, 2010
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    August 27, 2010

    Joyce Espinosa: The Family That Lifts Together Sticks Together

    Photo courtesy GCSOJoyce Espinoza is all about the family​And they say that not enough families are spending time together and sharing family activities...Last week, a 42-year-old Webster mom was arrested along with her two teenaged kids after the threesome walked out of a Friendswood HEB with $70 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    The American Heist Steal Houston's Punk-Rock Hearts

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to Photos by Ms. Blackout/ myspace ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Some More HPMA Nominee MP3s And A Little Showcase Info

    Monica Fuentes​One week from tomorrow, the 2010 Houston Press Music Awards ballot goes live online, so hello this year's nominees, you're running out of time to send us your MP3s so we can post them and show the city (and the rest of the Interwebs) what you sound like. Please send them to chri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    Distant Early Warning: Billy Idol, Black Crowes, Carrie Underwood, Dax Riggs, Erykah Badu, Goatwhore, The Spits, Etc.

    ​Stardeath & White Dwarfs, The Besnard Lakes: Wed., May 19. Walter's on Washington. Billy Idol: Wed., Aug. 25. House of Blues. Black Crowes: Sun., Sept. 26. Verizon Wireless Theater. Candlebox, Another Day, Rowe: Sat., May 15. Scout Bar Clear Lake. Carrie Underwood, Billy Currington, Sons Of ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 18, 2010

    Ally Carter: Heist Society

    This much fun should be a crime

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    Listology: The American Heist Soundtracks Their Funerals

    ​ ​Of all the bands to emerge out of the Houston music puppy mill this year, none has been as steadfastly working class and punk rock as the American Heist. Rocks Off first spied the band opening up for Florida's Fake Problems in May. At the time they were still called Born Anchor, but a Seattle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    The Great East Texas Ten-Ton Oil Pump Heist

    ​On one hand, you have to tip your John Deere hat and salute this little feat of deep East Texas Redneck ingenuity and derring-do. On the other hand, you just have to wonder WTF they were thinking.The Web site of Jasper radio station KJAS picks up the tale: According to Jasper County Deputy Mike ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 31, 2008

    Reservoir Dogs

    Quentin Tarantino was already at the top of his game with his debut film

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2006

    Adventures in Flood Insurance

    Thanks to FEMA's new flood maps, you can move from that neighborhood that flooded to a new neighborhood that, um, will probably flood. Leave it to the foresighted, hyperaware folks at FEMA to release their final flood plain maps of Harris County on such a perfectly overcast, drizzly day. In the b ... More >>

  • Film

    March 23, 2006

    It's a Crime

    Spike Lee's Inside Man plots the heist of your moviegoing dollars

  • Film

    November 11, 2004

    Redemption Thong

    Salma's shorts get top billing in an otherwise unwatchable caper

  • Film

    March 11, 2004

    Dammit, Mamet!

    Based on Spartan, it would seem the master of macho dialogue has lost his touch

  • Film

    January 29, 2004

    College Bored

    The Perfect Score adds a neat twist to the heist movie, then bungles it

  • Film

    May 29, 2003

    Safe, Cracked

    The Italian Job, a remake better than the original, is a steal

  • Film

    November 7, 2002

    Fatale Detraction

    Beyond cheap turn-ons, there's nothing to recommend Brian De Palma's latest

  • Film

    November 8, 2001

    Botched Job

    David Mamet plots and schemes, then blows his own Heist

  • Film

    June 8, 2000

    Going, Going, Gone

    Someone take the wheel, 'cause the filmmakers don't know where they're headed

  • Film

    April 13, 2000

    Funny Money

    Still trying to play the leading man, Newman's best - when he's acting his age

  • Dining

    April 9, 1998
  • Film

    January 22, 1998

    Dripping with Irony

    Hard Rain drowns the myth of small-town virtue

  • Film

    March 13, 1997

    Jack Squat

    Nicholson's latest falls far short of Five Easy Pieces

  • Film

    February 10, 1994

    Getaway from Me

    Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger sprout personalities to save an otherwise lackluster thriller

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