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Woman accused of looting neighbor's flooded home

Posted July 12

— A Louisiana woman who authorities say looted her next-door neighbor's flooded house last year has been arrested.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports 29-year-old Danielle Mease was arrested Monday and charged with possession of stolen property and theft by fraud and looting.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office said in a news release that several items were stolen from an Amite-area house during a declared state of emergency last August. Authorities say they received a tip last week that Mease sold one of the stolen items to another neighbor. When detectives searched her home, they found stolen tools, clothing and designer handbags.

Mease's boyfriend, 53-year-old Antolin Almaguer, also was arrested on drug and possession of stolen property charges.

It's unclear if the two have lawyers.

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