Newport Beach, California (PRWEB) February 19, 2013
According to NBC Los Angeles, a string of recent burglaries has now been exposed as a complicated crime ring targeting Los Angeles Times newspaper subscribers. MacGregor & Collins burglary attorneys take issue with lack of security and increases in Southern California crime rings over the last few years.
According to NBC, the burglary ring was successful as a result of a failure to protect Los Angeles Times subscriber information. When a subscriber is not going to be home for an extended period of time, they alert the Los Angeles Times so that they will not receive newspapers while they are gone. The perpetrators were able to use these records to identify subscribers who would not be home while their homes are being burglarized.
Many of the valuables that have been stolen were recently found in a large storage container located in West Covina.
As of now, twenty five burglaries have been linked to the conspiracy. Homes in Diamond Bar, San Gabriel Valley, and Hacienda Heights are all believed to have been targets. According to NBC, Investigators believe that a repairman utilized by the Times was responsible for the stolen list of subscribers that is believed to have provided the victims’ locations and vacation times.
The Times has issued a statement confirming that they have been made aware of the situation, that there have been minimal damages as a result of the security breach, and that the information stolen did not contain any of their customer’s financial information.
Randy Collins, Orange County criminal attorney, has worked with countless clients who have been arrested or charged for instances of burglary. “The problem with instances such as these is that each time a successful crime ring becomes publicized, it creates a flood of criminal activity attempting to create duplicate burglary rings. Under no circumstance should a repairman be able to obtain the types of information that made these burglaries possible, but since it was executed with a high degree of success, you can expect copycat scenarios to be attempted on smaller or larger scales.”
“We cannot divulge information given to us by our clients, but it is extremely common for theft and burglary offenders to act out of desperation. When they see seemingly immediate opportunities to dig themselves out of whatever hole they’ve fallen into, career criminals may act quickly to cash in on an opportunity. Crime rings are becoming more popular, and these latest offenses may fuel the fire,” said Attorney Collins.
About MacGregor & Collins, LLP
MacGregor & Collins, LLP is a criminal defense law firm based in Newport Beach, California. It’s attorneys assist those who have been accused or charged for all types of different burglaries and thefts. MacGregor & Collins lawyers offer free professional case evaluations to all first time callers and have been known to provide flat rate fees to those who qualify.
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