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Owner of Escondido 'bomb house' seeks $500,000 from San Diego County

January 6, 2011 |  4:45 pm

The owner of a home in Escondido that was burned down by officials to destroy bomb-making materials has filed a claim with the San Diego County government for at least $500,000, officials said Thursday.

The county government said it was exercising its legal authority to rid the community of a dangerous structure when it authorized the Dec. 9 controlled burn of the house on Via Scott in an unincorporated neighborhood just outside the Escondido city limits.

But the homeowner, through her attorney, asserts that the action was unwarranted and that the county should pay the value of the home.

George Jakubec, the unemployed software consultant who was renting the home and had stockpiled bomb-making materials, faces federal bomb and bank robbery charges. He remains in federal prison in downtown San Diego.

--Tony Perry in San Diego