Jewel Thieves Strike 2 Westlake Homes

More than $58,000 worth of jewelry apparently was taken from two posh Westlake Village homes Wednesday evening while the residents were at home, Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies said Thursday.

The residents of a house in the 32000 block of Canterhill Place discovered the loss of at least $33,000 in jewelry about 8:20 p.m. Among the missing items were two diamond-studded watches worth $14,000 and $11,000, respectively, said Sgt. John Flaherty.

About two hours later, a resident in the 31000 block of Foxfield Drive discovered the theft of $25,000 in jewelry.

Investigators said they believe the same person or people burglarized the homes, which are about a quarter-mile apart. In each case, the burglar entered by forcing the lock on sliding glass doors leading to bedrooms, Flaherty said.

The residents heard popping sounds and found their jewelry missing when they investigated, Flaherty said.

"These type hot prowl burglars are just very quick," the sergeant said.

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