REDLANDS (CBSLA.com) — The house that was home to the San Bernardino attackers and briefly opened to the media by a Redlands landlord on Friday was boarded back up a day later, as the decision to open it to the public was scrutinized by local law enforcement officers.
The FBI on Thursday night said the house was no longer a crime scene and turned it over to the landlord, Doyle Miller. The landlord then decided to open the house to the media.
Many local and national outlets took the opportunity to show the interior of the house on live TV, showing such items as a crib, toys, a child’s book of the Quran, family pictures and shredded documents.
Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, are believed to have stockpiled 12 pipe bombs, tools to make more explosives and well over 4,500 rounds of ammunition at the home. The couple had a 6-month-old daughter. The couple on Wednesday opened fire on a holiday party of Farook’s San Bernardino County co-workers Wednesday, killing 14 people.
Farook and Malik lived in the Redlands home with Farook’s mother.
Redlands Police Chief Mark Garcia said the media should not have been allowed to enter.
“It’s still the property of the family,” he said. “Even though they were criminals and did these acts, legally, the famliy has the right to that property. We can’t just open it up to anyone to go in and try to take those things.”
Late on Friday, the house was boarded-up again by authorities, and was no longer open to the media.
Miller told the New York Daily News that he regretted his decision to open the house to the media.
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