Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Women Allegedly Looted Homes of Fire Victims

Two women have been arrested in Yorba Linda for allegedly looting homes following recent wildfires.

According to authorities, the two were arrested Monday when police reportedly discovered copper pipes in their vehicles. The aree had been ravaged by wildfires a few weeks back, as more than 100 homes were destroyed.

Police were summoned to investigate a suspicious van outside a charred home early Monday and arrested the pair at that time.

Gwendolyn Smith, 36, and Elisha Haas, 19, were booked for investigation of possession of stolen property. Police also reportedly discovered a switchblade and drug paraphernalia inside the van.

The majority of Yorba Linda's destroyed homes have been razed by insurance companies and have fences surrounding them, according to police.

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