Jan
2015

SAPD: Teens used stolen credit cards taken during car burglary

SAN ANTONIO – A pair of 19-year-old men are accused of using stolen credit cards that were taken during a car burglary.

An arrest warrant affidavit stated that Cody Novosad and Luis Magnone were caught on surveillance cameras at several stores in early January, using the cards to purchase items.

A 33-year-old woman had reported a car burglary prior to that, and the cards were inside her purse which was taken from her car, the affidavit stated.

A third suspect, identified as Lane Surma, 17, also was seen in the surveillance video, the affidavit stated.

San Antonio police arrested Surma earlier this month in connection with a series of car burglaries, both on the campus...

Jan
2015

SkyMall filing for bankruptcy, ending dream of buying garbage in the sky

SkyMall, once the dream bazaar of the Jet Age, is crashing ingloriously to Earth with a filing for bankruptcy, having flown too close to the sun on wax wings it probably bought from SkyMall. In the company’s filing for Chapter 11 protection, executives for the long-running in-flight shopping catalog blamed the “increased use of electronic devices”–smartphones and tablets, certainly, but possibly also the Tikker Happiness Life Countdown Watch–for why passengers no longer felt the need to browse for other, even more useless electronic devices, or ridiculous carrying cases for them.

With more and more airlines offering in-flight wifi, the filing adds, SkyMall...

Jan
2015

PD: Woman spent thousands with stolen credit cards


(photo credit: Chesapeake PD)

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Chesapeake police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman who they say used two stolen credit cards on three separate occasions.

Police say the woman spent $6,000 worth of merchandise at a department store located in the 4200 block of Portsmouth Boulevard on Dec. 19, 2014.

If you have any information about this crime, please call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP?.

Jan
2015

Women fled after fraudulent shopping spree, say police

According to the report Judge John Hurley read at Jones first appearance in court Wednesday, police found evidence when they caught the pair.

Inventory of the vehicle you were in with Miss McFadden [listed] several credit cards, Social Security cards, gift cards [and] personal information that did not belong to either one of you, Hurley read. [There was] a large amount of cash in the vehicle along with withdrawal receipts from banks.

McFaddens criminal record includes convictions for robbery, grand thefts, burglaries, forgeries, fraud, altering drivers licenses and other public records, state law enforcement records show.

Jones was facing six charges that include illegal...

Jan
2015

21 things to check when buying a car

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There are some keys things it is crucial to check on that all-too-brief test drive.

Johannesburg – Its all too easy to get caught up in the excitement and uncertainty of buying a car, when the biggest single stress point is often getting the finance approved, but there are some keys things its crucial to check on that all-too-brief test drive.

Dont make the mistake of assuming that just because a car is brand new, its the right car for you, advised Budget Insurance spokesman Martin Janse van Rensburg,

Heres his 21-point checklist:

First make sure the demo vehicle is the same model as the one youre buying. Youre likely to be very...

Jan
2015

Presidents Day deals truly in favor of car buyers

Buyers might get good deals on Presidents Day, but consumers also might have to be less picky, a Kelley Blue Book senior analyst said.

Car dealerships are not under as much pressure to clear inventory and make sales in the early months of the year, but there also typically are not as many interested buyers, said Karl Brauer, a senior analyst with Kelley Blue Book.

If you can find the car youre looking for now because early in the year the weathers still questionable, you can actually leverage a pretty good deal because there arent as many customers out there for dealers to choose from even on Presidents Day, Brauer said. So if you are one of the ones they can choose from, theyll...

Jan
2015

Here Are Four Reasons Why Leasing Is A Horrible Idea For Car Lovers

But I dont care about modifying my car, and the warranty is too good to pass up at this price! you type angrily before you realize that Im in your head, harvesting your thoughts. OK, Mr. or Mrs. Everyone, heres a scenario:

You have a 30-mile highway commute each way to work. If you work every week for a year, minus two weeks for vacation and sick days, thats 250 days that you have to make a 60-mile round trip. That equates to 15,000 miles per year. Whats the average lease mileage allowance? 12,000.

Sure, you can work out a deal ahead of time to get more miles, and that adds cost. If you constantly require a new car for commuting then maybe it makes sense, but if youre...

Jan
2015

8 things you need to know before buying a new car

The good news is youre in the market for a new car. The bad? You dont even know where to begin. It always pays to comparison shop, and with so many sites dedicated to vehicle reviews, stats on reliability over time, information on the cost of vehicles over time, and even customer reviews of the dealerships, you can do your research from the comfort of your sofa.

Well leave it to you to decide which vehicle you should buy, but we will share a little new-car buying advice that could just save you some hard-earned dough.

1. Do Your Homework

Yes, homework is an ugly word. But the amount of savings you might forfeit by failing to do it could be even uglier. Dont rely on car salespeople...