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Burglars targeted homes during windstorm blackout, officials say

December 9, 2011 |  7:24 am

Authorities say burglars took advantage of the widespread blackouts caused by the windstorms that swept through Southern California
Authorities say burglars took advantage of the widespread blackouts caused by the recent windstorms that swept through Southern California.

The Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station reported an increase in residential burglaries, including at least four La Cañada Flintridge homes targeted during the power outage, Capt. Dave Silversparre said Wednesday.

Jewelry worth more than $10,000 and an unspecified amount of cash was stolen Monday night from a home on Hillcrest Avenue while victims were away at dinner, officials said.

Also on Monday, a couple who left their Saint Katherine Drive home at 9 a.m. returned in the afternoon to find it ransacked, reporting losses of $33,000 in cash as well as jewelry, watches, coins and electronics.

A power outages disabled security alarms at a home on Terracita Lane, where overnight on Dec. 2 burglars made off with a painting valued at $10,000 and at least $5,000 in jewelry, according to the Pasadena Sun.

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-- Adolfo Flores, Bill Kisliuk and Joe Piasecki, Times Community News

Photo: Wreckage from the windstorm hangs above a street in Temple City. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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