Arrest made in robbery at La Jolla author’s home

Arrest made in robbery at La Jolla author’s home

SAN DIEGO — A man accused of sneaking into the La Jolla home of prominent food writer Jeanne Jones three weeks ago, along with an accomplice, and stealing “a significant amount” of jewelry was arrested Wednesday in the Los Angeles area.

San Diego police detectives took 27-year-old Leon Powell into custody this morning while serving a search warrant at a residence in Inglewood, SDPD public-affairs Lt. Kevin Mayer said.

Shortly after midnight on Oct. 5, Powell allegedly entered Jones’ La Jolla Scenic Drive home by unknown means along with another man and looted it, fleeing when the 77-year-old author awoke and confronted them.

“It was a significant amount of jewelry that was stolen,” Mayer said.

Investigators identified Powell as one of the alleged thieves based on Jones’ description of the intruders. Police are still looking for the other man, according to Mayer.

Some of the filched valuables were found outside…

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