Men Allegedly Use Newspaper Vacation Lists to Find Victims

Alleged burglars used subscriber lists while the owners were on vacation.
3:00 | 01/31/13

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Now, to a surprisingnd pretty unbelievable scheme to rip people off while they're on vacation. It starts with lists of people who put their newspaper delivery on hold. California investigators are looking into dozens of cases and are tracking more of them down right now. Abc's cecilia vega has the story. Reporter: They were homeowners who thought they were doing the safe, smart thing. Putting their newspaper delivery on hold while they were on vacation. But, oh, how that backfired. Sheriffs detected busted a burglary ring targeting "los angeles times" subscribers. A man under contract with the paper gave the burglars addresses. And they made their moves. It was a complete sacking of the residents. Reporter: The deputies found a warehouse of $100,000 in stolen goods. Instruments, like guitars and a cello. Even someone's coffee pot. One of the suspects found the keys to the car inside the home. Loaded the car in their personal property and drove away in that stol vehicle. Reporter: They made changes to the vacation hold policy. The paper sympathizes with those who have been harmed. And is very relieved to know arrests have been made. And it will continue to cooperate with the authorities as needed. Over thanksgiving, the same scam happened in northern california. Now, there's a warning. Have a trusted neighbor, a relative, a friend, pick up your maybes, pick up the mail, keep the yard neat. Reporter: It's okay to enjoy a vacation. Just don't be too trusting when you're away. For "good morning america," cecilia vega, abc news, los angeles. I hate to say I'm surprised somebody hasn't thought of this before. Yeah. That's really something.

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