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Suspects in LA Times Burglary Ring Appear in Court

The ring stole an estimated $1 million in electronics and other items during burglaries in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, according to prosecutors.

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By City News Service

Eight people allegedly involved in a residential burglary ring that targeted Los Angeles Times subscribers whose names were on stolen "vacation hold" lists  pleaded not guilty to charges in a grand jury indictment unsealed today. 

The ring stole an estimated $1 million in electronics and other items during burglaries in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, according to prosecutors. 

Victims resided in Diamond Bar, Walnut, Hacienda Heights, Chino Hills, West Covina, Arcadia, Pasadena, and Santa Monica in Los Angeles County, as well as Redlands and Ontario in San Bernardino County.

The 39-count indictment names:

-- Randal Joseph Whitmore, 44;

-- Duane Vantuinen, 52;

-- Joshua Ray Box, 44;

-- Lorraine Marlene Vasquez, 41;

-- Cory Mulligan, 22;

-- Brian Thomas Duran, 42;

-- Margaret Mary Susan High, 29; and

-- Edwin Lynn Valentine, 53.

The investigation was launched after a June 24, 2012, traffic stop involving Whitmore, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Police allegedly discovered stolen property in the car, along with Los Angeles Times vacation hold lists that contained the names and addresses of subscribers and the dates they were scheduled to be out of town.

The eight -- who are jailed on amounts ranging from $1.6 million to $2.6 million -- are due in Pomona Superior Court on Tuesday for a pretrial hearing.

If convicted as charged, each defendant faces at least 20 years in state prison, according to the District Attorney's Office.


robert minerich December 06, 2013 at 10:51 PM
When I read this it makes me sick my neighbor Debbie Roth on oak glen Road in yucaipa she made false accusations about me and my safety was compromised my house was burglarized thanks to the next door neighbor I can't stress enough how because of her ignorance my safety was compromised and I recieved threats no normal person with no compassion destroys another humans life

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