Valley Fire: two looters arrested with burned safes

MIDDLETOWN (AP) Authorities have arrested at least two suspects with burned out safes in their vehicles as they investigate reports of looting in the wake of Northern California’s devastating wildfire.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports Wednesday that Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin said he didn’t have further details about the arrests.

He said deputies are unable to stand guard at individual homes. He characterized Middletown and Hidden Valley Lake as most vulnerable because that’s where the most homes were left standing while residents remained evacuated.

Police are being diligent about trying to protect homes.

Dozens of California Highway Patrol officers and law enforcement officers from outside agencies patrolled in Hidden Valley Lake, where an estimated 100 homes were lost and residents remained evacuated.

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