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Sheriffs Show Off $100K Loot From Alleged Burglar Who Struck Around Southland

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) —  Authorities on Thursday displayed some of the loot they allegedly confiscated from the home of a serial burglar.

San Bernardino Sheriff’s Investigators displayed a variety of stolen items — from high-end purses worth about $20,000 to expensive guns, collectibles,  designer footwear, even collector spoons.

In all, officials said the loot was valued at more than $100,000.

The suspect — now identified as Donald Hwang of Chino — also stole “several TV’s, worth upwards of $9,000, computers, laptops,” said Randy Naquin of the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities believe Hwang mostly gained access to homes using open sliding glass doors and in some cases he would disable alarms.

Deputies said they first started investigating the man when he tried to unload much of the stolen property on eBay.

“That was his demise,” said Naquin, “selling it on eBay it was easily traced back to him.”

Hwang was arrested at his Chino home. That’s where officials say he stashed all of the stolen property.

There were at least seven victims of Hwang’s burglaries, and officials believed he committed break-ins in LA, Orange and San Bernardino counties.

CBS2’s Tom Wait said no one answered the door at Hwang’s Chino home. A neighbor told Wait the accusations are beyond disturbing.

“It’s very scary. We’ve lived here 7 or 8 months and they moved in. We don’t really know them,” Araceli Zavala.

Hwang is being held on $750,000 bond. Deputies say it’s possible Hwang did not act alone.

Police also think there are other possible victims.

 

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