Police bust men accused of stealing memorabilia


GLENDALE, Calif. -- Police arrested three men in what they say was a sophisticated burglary-robbery gang that stole more than $1 million in sports memorabilia and jewelry.

A fourth man was being sought.

Confiscated memorabilia included framed and autographed jerseys of basketball greats Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Bill Walton, as well as baseball bats and cards, hockey and golf equipment, and football helmets, police said.

The thieves targeted homes and businesses in Encino, Beverly Hills, Rolling Hills and Glendale, police said. Authorities believe they cased the targets months in advance by posing as prospective buyers of the properties.

"We think there are probably many more homes and crimes and we hope the owners of the stolen sports stuff will lead us there," Glendale police Sgt. Bob Breckenridge said.

Billy Joe Spencer, 38, Cole Dexter, 28, and Gregory Webster, 33, were indicted on robbery charges, police said. A fourth suspect, Timothy Galloway, 34, was wanted on a warrant charging him with robbery and possession of stolen property, police said.

Police seized the sports memorabilia and other evidence July 15 from a storage unit registered to Galloway.