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Burglary Ring Targets L.A. Times Subscribers

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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.




  1. thirdtwin

    February 1st, 2013

    If you can, get a trusted neighbor to collect your mail while you are on vacation. Never put your mail on hold at the PO.

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  2. Unruly Refugee

    February 1st, 2013

    East L.A. = MexiCons

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  3. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    February 1st, 2013

    I call bullshit. 58% of southern California cannot read or speak English.

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  4. NoMoBo

    February 1st, 2013

    Couldn’t happen to a better bunch of people. Anyone who reads that festering rag deserves what they get.

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  5. One Notch Above a Congresscritter

    February 1st, 2013

    Think I’ll put a “vacation hold” on then stay home just me and my AR.

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  6. serfer62

    February 1st, 2013

    Hvae they tried the nyt?

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  7. Troy

    February 1st, 2013

    Since these are likely good liberals who read the LA Times….
    If they can afford a vacation they can afford to share their stuff with the less fortunate 99%ers.

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