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Posted: 11:46 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2013
CONTRA COSTA Co., Calif. —
The Contra Costa Times has launched an internal investigation to see if it can figure out how a newspaper hold list was made available to thieves who have targeted the homes of families on vacation.
Police found burglars with the list in Livermore last week.
Authorities said burglars will try to guess who's out of town if they spot newspapers piling up out front, they can strike.
Some subscribers choose to stop delivery of the newspaper when they're gone.
Walnut Creek police said they have a solid link that proves criminals are using the vacation hold records from the Contra Costa Times to target homes.
Police say two men stole a car in Walnut Creek from one of the homes on the list and then headed to Livermore.
The suspects were about to strike again, when police were able to arrest them and investigators found the list inside the car.
Investigators believe the thieves have been using the internal lists to burglarize homes for three months.
An official from the Times' parent company, the Bay Area News Group, says changes have been added to the company's internal system to protect subscribers' privacy.
Police have not released the suspects' names and they are still looking for at least one other person.
Police have offered a word of advice for vacationers: Get a neighbor to pick up your paper if you go on vacation.
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