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Suspected looter arrested amid devastation of Santa Rosa fire, police say

Santa Rosa police say Anthony Happel, 50, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of looting after jewelry and other valuables were found on him near evacuated neighborhoods in the city hit by devastating wildfires.
Santa Rosa police say Anthony Happel, 50, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of looting after jewelry and other valuables were found on him near evacuated neighborhoods in the city hit by devastating wildfires. Santa Rosa Police Department

A man found carrying jewelry and cell phones near evacuated Santa Rosa neighborhoods Saturday faces charges of looting, police say.

Anthony Happel, 50, of Santa Rosa, who police said is homeless, was arrested on suspicion of felony grand theft during an emergency, possession of a concealed weapon and possession of narcotic paraphernalia, Santa Rosa police reported on Facebook.

Officers with the Hillsborough Police Department, who were assisting with patrols during the emergency, stopped Happel about 1:45 p.m. Saturday after they reportedly noticed him behaving suspiciously near evacuated neighborhoods in northwest Santa Rosa.

The officers found jewelry, cell phones and other valuables they believed had been stolen from evacuated homes. The Facebook post adds that Santa Rosa police have “zero tolerance” for looters and thieves. “All caught will be prosecuted,” it promises.

Today at approximately 1:45pm, Hillsborough Police Department was assisting SRPD with extra patrols in the evacuation...

Posted by Santa Rosa Police Department on Saturday, October 14, 2017
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