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Man Charged for Hacking Beverly Hills Business and ID Theft

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A convicted felon and alleged hacker deported from Sweden will face criminal prosecution for stealing the identities of numerous victims and waging cyber attacks on a Beverly Hills business and justice system officials. The defendant was expected to be arraigned on June 1, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Steven Grant Almeida, 32, of Torrance is scheduled to be arraigned in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. He is charged in case No. BA397412.

“This cowardly cyber criminal will no longer be able to hide behind the anonymity of the Internet,” District Attorney Steve Cooley said. “He will be thoroughly exposed in court for the incredible harm he has wreaked on so many.”

Almeida faces 71 felony charges including identity theft, wiretapping, cutting a utility line, unauthorized disruption/denial of computer services, computer intrusion and grand theft.

The criminal complaint includes a prior conviction allegation in which Almeida was convicted in Los County in April 2007 of shooting at an inhabited dwelling. The criminal acts occurred in 2006. In that case, he was sentenced to a five-year state prison term.

The defendant is accused of disrupting the business operations of a Beverly Hills Pilates studio by high-jacking the phone lines and website. After purportedly gaining illegal control of the website, prosecutors allege that the defendant defaced the site.

Almeida is also accused of stealing the identities of four justice system officials. The defendant purportedly used the victims’ personal identifying information to shut off the electricity at their homes, doing so successfully in some instances. Almeida also is alleged to have gained access to credit card accounts and hacked into the private e-mail account of at least one victim.

The defendant’s bail is recommended at more than $2.3 million. If convicted as charged, Almeida faces a statutory maximum state prison sentence of 97 years.

Deputy District Attorney Donn Hoffman of the High Technology Crimes Division is assigned to the case. The matter remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation and the Beverly Hills Police Department.

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LAPD Seeks Suspect in Melrose District Package Thefts

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Police Department Wilshire Theft Detectives are reminding citizens about the presence of parcel thefts during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Saturday April 11, 2020, a delivery truck making deliveries in the Melrose district is followed by an unknown suspect who removes the parcels after the driver leaves. 

The vehicle is described as a late 1990’s Mercury Mountaineer with no or unknown plates and the suspect seen on the video is described as a male White or Hispanic 5’-10” in height 200 to 220 pounds in weight and between 30 to 40 years of age.

During subsequent interviews with delivery personnel it was discovered that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, drivers have been encouraged and or instructed not to touch door knobs, gate latches or any surface that could be frequently touched by another person. The packages are placed near the side walk making it easier for the suspects to approach and remove the package.

LAPD Detectives would like to remind employees of delivery companies to be aware of their surroundings. If one thinks they’re being followed, divert your route to confirm a vehicle is indeed following the delivery truck then notify the Police. 

For community members, LAPD Detectives encourage alternate delivery locations that are more secure (such as picking up the package from the post office), delivering to your place of employment or installing a secure delivery box that can secure the delivered package. 

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LAPD Seeks Tips About Theft of Mercedes Rims and Tires

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LOS ANGELES — Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Los Angeles Division are asking for the public’s help in providing any information about a series of thefts that have been occurring since 2018.

The suspect or suspects target newer model Mercedes-Benz vehicles and use a manual jack to lift the vehicles, lower them onto storage crates, and remove the tires and rims. The incidents unfold in a matter of minutes. There is no description of the suspect or suspects and/or their vehicle as of this time.

The thefts have occurred around the area of the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Los Angeles Division, Pacific Division, Wilshire Division, North Hollywood Division, and in the city of Beverly Hills.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective John Hill, West Los Angeles Detectives at (310) 444-1503. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip.

Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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NFL Player Julian Edelman Arrested for Jumping on Car in Beverly Hills

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Julian Edelman Arrested for Vandalism After Jumping on Car

BEVERLY HILLS (TMZ) — New England Patriots star Julian Edelman was arrested Saturday night after allegedly jumping on the hood of someone’s Mercedes … TMZ Sports has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us it went down this way … Julian was in Bev Hills walking around at about 9 PM when for some unknown reason he hopped up on the car, causing damage.

Impressive, considering the 33-year-old reportedly needs surgery on his left knee during the offseason.

The bad news for Julian … cops were in the area working a robbery case when someone flagged them down and gave them the lowdown.

Edelman was arrested, cited for misdemeanor vandalism and released. He left with his friends.

Our law enforcement sources say it was apparent to them Julian had been drinking … which might explain a lot about the incident.

The L.A. County D.A. will decide whether to file charges … it’s possible — very possible — this case goes nowhere if he squares up with the car owner, but we’ll see.

Of course, Edelman was only in Beverly Hills in the first place because the Patriots didn’t make it to the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.

They were knocked out last week by the Tennessee Titans, which beat the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night.

We reached out to Julian’s rep … so far, no word back.

Tune in to TMZ on TV weekdays Monday through Friday (check syndicated/local listings)

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