MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (AP) — More than a dozen homeowners who evacuated during a devastating California wildfire say their homes were burglarized in their absence.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported Friday that Lake County authorities have arrested at least six people suspected of looting or planning to loot homes after the fire started Sept. 12 north of San Francisco.READ MORE: Fatal Crash, Fire Involving Big-Rig Prompts Closure Of Eastbound Richmond-San Rafael Bridge
Lake County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Brooks said one burglar broke into a home and spray-painted a car in the garage to make it look like a police vehicle, so the thief could get away easier.READ MORE: UPDATE: Lockdown Of Hercules Neighborhood Lockdown Due To Police Activity Lifted
The wildfire in Lake County killed four people and destroyed 1,300 homes. It’s 97 percent contained.MORE NEWS: Homeless Encampment On BART Property In Concord Evicted
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