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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:30 PM

L.A. Times subscribers burglarized after requesting vacation holds

People put their newspaper delivery on hold when they go on vacation to avoid a pile of papers on the driveway, advertising their absence to burglars.

But for dozens of Californians, that pre-emptive move backfired. Badly.

Armed with stolen lists of vacationing subscribers, a troupe of burglars ransacked at least 25 Los Angeles-area homes to the tune of $1 million over a period of three years, authorities said.

The team stole computers, jewelry, musical instruments and even collectible swords, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

The scheme started when 51-year-old Duane Van Tuinen, an office machine repairman, was contracted by distributors of the Los Angeles Times to repair equipment, officials said.

full: http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/31/justice/california-latimes-burglary/index.html

So do vacationers now need to order drones to shoot at burglars on sight?

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Reply L.A. Times subscribers burglarized after requesting vacation holds (Original post)
alp227 Feb 2013 OP
Politicalboi Feb 2013 #1
WorseBeforeBetter Feb 2013 #2
monmouth3 Feb 2013 #3
FarCenter Feb 2013 #4
winstars Feb 2013 #5
slackmaster Feb 2013 #6

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:34 PM

1. People still have newspapers delivered?

Who knew. We haven't a subscription for years. They call every once in a while to try and sell subscriptions. I tell them NO!

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Response to Politicalboi (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:42 PM

2. I do.

And so do many in my 'hood. I love my local newspaper and gasp! a couple of magazines I have delivered.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 04:08 PM

3. My neighbors would get mine for me, they didn't have subscriptions. All were happy..n/t

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 04:30 PM

4. The problem is the local "shopper" papers that are thrown in the driveway regardless

However, many neighbors don't bother to bring them in, so a few papers littering the driveway is not necessarily evidence of an unoccupied home.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 05:33 PM

5. It terrible, but kinda smart from a villains POV... It does not say how they were caught actually...

Pretty good scam if its your thing???

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 05:34 PM

6. This wouldn't have happened had the paper not published that pin map of customers who had requested

 

...vacation holds.

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