Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Police arrest alleged looters in Yorba Linda fire zone

December 9, 2008 |  8:01 am

Yorba Linda residents have already gone through a lot -- burned homes, mudslide threats and even an earthquake. But now the looters have arrived, police say. More from the O.C. Register:

The first arrests for looting near burned homes here happened early Monday morning.

Two women were arrested after police found copper pipes that appeared to be taken from a burned-down home in their vehicle, said Sgt. Bill Smyser of the Brea Police, which also serves Yorba Linda.

Gwendolyn Smith, 36, and Elisha Haas, 19, were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to commit a crime and on suspicion of being in possession of stolen property, Smyser said. They were taken to Orange County Jail.

"This is the first that I've heard of looting near burnt homes," Smyser said. Yorba Linda lost 118 homes in last month's wild fires.

--Shelby Grad