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Redondo Beach man charged with graveyard burglary

October 21, 2011 | 11:44 pm

A Redondo Beach man was charged with burglary Friday after allegedly being caught trying to steal from a mausoleum at Green Hills Mortuary in Rancho Palos Verdes.

An employee reported he saw James R. Haggstrom earlier in the week trying to break into a niche designed to hold urns with cremated remains, Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Clay Anderson said. The witness called sheriff's deputies, who arrested Haggstrom on the spot on suspicion of burglary.

Deputies from the Lomita Station later served a search warrant on Haggstrom's home and recovered property that authorities believe was stolen.

The Green Hills mausoleum has been burglarized three other times in recent weeks, according to the Sheriff's Department.

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