LOS ANGELES — Four men have been arrested on suspicion of burglarizing the homes of Los Angeles Times subscribers while they were on vacation, authorities said.
Detectives said one of the suspects got lists of subscribers who had submitted “vacation holds” to a vendor that distributes newspapers for The Times.
Duane Van Tuinen, 51, of Azusa is believed to have supplied the burglary crew with the addresses. He was arrested on Wednesday evening.
He serviced machines in the distribution centers that subcontract with the Times to deliver the paper, officials said.
Three other men are also behind bars: Randall Whitmore, 43, of LaVerne; Joshua Box, 43, of Arcadia; and Edwin Valentine, 52, of Covina.
All three men were booked on suspicion of receiving stolen property and possession of stolen property. Deputies are seeking a fifth suspect.
Officials said they have identified 25 victims, but believe there are more than 100.
Most of the break-ins occurred along the 210 Freeway in eastern L.A. County and western San Bernardino County, L.A. County sheriff’s officials said.
The thieves allegedly stole $1 million in property over the last three years.