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Police: Nearly 100 burglaries tied to theft ring

SEAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say they've broken up a theft ring that lifted safes and fancy booze from nearly 100 restaurants, liquor and grocery stores in Southern California.

Police in Seal Beach announced the arrests of 10 people on Wednesday.

Police say they're members of a Long Beach gang that committed burglaries at stores throughout the region beginning last year.

Authorities tell the Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/QqGP1v ) that the men would enter the businesses and strip them of thousands of dollars' worth of liquor in minutes. They also allegedly broke into dozens of restaurants and stole safes.

On Wednesday, authorities displayed two safes and some 1,300 bottles of high-end alcohol that were valued at about $50,000.

Authorities say the liquor was stolen so it could be resold.


Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

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