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Burglars strike again, thwarted by homeowner

Posted: March 24, 2009 9:04 p.m.
Updated: March 24, 2009 6:04 p.m.
A suspect broke down the door of a Canyon Country home Tuesday, putting local residents on high alert, according to a homeowner.

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies responded to a break-in reported in Fair Oaks Ranch in Canyon Country, Sgt. Darren Harris said.

The suspect pounded on the front door of the home in the 27000 block of Brown Oaks Way at 11:53 a.m., Harris said. A teenage boy and his two younger siblings were in the home watching television when they heard the suspect banging on the front door, he said.

"The teenager didn't answer the door," Harris said. "He took his two siblings to an upstairs bedroom."

The suspect kicked in the door and barged into the home, Harris said. The suspect fled after he saw the teenage boy coming back down the stairs. The boy caught a glimpse of the suspect's car as it sped away, Harris said.

The teenager described the intruder as a black male, about 25 years old, standing 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing about 230 pounds. The boy described a second suspect who was sitting in the car during the break-in as a male wearing a black and white shirt and blue jeans.

"I am on as high an alert as ever," said John Taylor, Fair Oaks Ranch resident.

Taylor lives on Wren Drive where three homes were burglarized on March 12 including one "hot prowl" burglary in which the residents were home.

The suspects in the March 12 incident are described as a black male, 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds; and a black female, standing 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing 130 pounds.

The suspect descriptions don't match, but deputies believe the crimes are related, Harris said.

"We have several consistencies with the previous crimes," Harris said. "The suspects are using the same mode of operation by kicking in the door and targeting the same area."

It's common for inconsistencies in eyewitness descriptions, Harris said.

Deputies reported a spike in residential burglaries so far this year, with neighborhoods adjacent to highways taking the brunt of the burglary hits, Harris said.

"I go around the block and look at every front door," Taylor said. Neighborhood patrols like Taylor's are up with at least five other residents who scour the neighborhood nightly, he said.

Sheriff's deputy patrols are up as well, Harris said.

Taylor sees the difference in the deputy presence.

"I see (deputies) on a more regular basis now." he said. "We'd go a couple weeks without seeing a (sheriff's) car before."


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