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Briefly In The News

February 02, 2001

-- Deepa Bharath

Huntington Beach police on Thursday arrested a 36-year-old parolee

suspected of burglarizing several Newport Beach homes, officials said.

John Robert Hershowitz was caught by detectives as he was allegedly

trying to break into a home near Newland Street and Arnett Drive, police

said.

Officers received Hershowitz's license plate number from Newport Beach

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police. They spotted his 1977 white utility truck Thursday morning.

Hershowitz tried to escape in his truck but was caught after a brief

vehicle chase and foot pursuit.

In a subsequent search of Hershowitz's home, police found thousands of

dollars worth of jewelry and coins. He is being held in Orange County

Jail without bail.

Victims of jewelry and coin thefts are asked to call the Newport Beach

Police Department at (949) 550-6273.

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