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Doggy door used by burglars to steal $250,000 in jewelry, guns

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Posted: Apr 4, 2011 5:48 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Apr 4, 2011 6:44 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: doggy door, burglary, Denham Springs, Livingston Parish

DENHAM SPRINGS - Burglars used a doggy door less than a square foot wide to steal more than $250,000 in jewelry and weapons from a home just outside Denham Springs, according to authorities in Livingston Parish.

Justin Wells, Justin Deshotels, Fleet Wallace III, and Falaysa Garner are facing a laundry list of burglary charges after investigators say they broke into Adele Alfortish's home and used her pillowcases to make off with the loot.

The items stolen include loaded weapons, rings, watches, necklaces, bracelets, and other mementos she and her husband have exchanged for the past 32 years.

"It just amazed me they could come through," Alfortish said, "that my neighbors didn't see them coming in and wonder, 'Why are these people coming in through a doggy door?' "

Investigators recovered about $100,000 of the stolen items from nearby pawn shops and are looking for the rest.

Alfortish plans to have a smaller doggy door installed for her terriers, along with a camera system to make sure no one robs her again.

If you have any information on the stolen jewelry, call the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office.

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