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Two arrested in 'hot prowl' burglaries

Posted: August 17, 2009 6:21 p.m.
Updated: August 17, 2009 6:39 p.m.
Two men are behind bars after several Saugus area residents found their homes had been entered while they were sleeping and personal property stolen.

Deputies responded to the 28600 block of Rock Canyon Drive, Saugus, to reports that a resident was awakened by a man who was entering his bedroom through a sliding glass door.

The suspect, later identified as Sean Thompson, MW/20, of Canyon Country, quickly left the location after being confronted by the homeowner.

When deputies arrived, the concerned homeowner pointed them in the direction of another nearby house where it was believed the suspect had gone.

Deputies were able to check the other residence after finding the front door and garage were open. Deputies detained and ultimately arrested Thomson in connection with the initial burglary call.

Later the same morning, deputies responded to three other reports of residential burglaries in the same area.

The three residents called when they awoke and found that someone had entered their residence during the night and taken purses, car keys, wallets, cell phones, currency, credit cards and other items from their kitchen or dining room areas. The suspects had apparently also used the car keys they had taken to enter several parked vehicles.

Residents in the area recovered some of the stolen property in nearby trash cans and bushes prior to the deputies' arrival.

After learning of the additional burglaries, deputies returned to the initial suspect location in the 28600 block of Rock Canyon Drive where they reportedly recovered more of the stolen property and arrested a second suspect, Troy Hill, MW/18, of Saugus.

Both suspects were booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station. Thompson faces potential felony charges of residential burglary. He is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail and is due in court Tuesday. Hill faces potential felony charges of receiving stolen property. He is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail and is also due in court Tuesday.

The investigation is continuing, but detectives believe the suspects may be responsible for all four reported incidents of "hot prowl" residential burglaries and thefts from vehicles that occurred in the area.

Anyone with additional information regarding the suspects outlined in this release or these incidents of residential or vehicle burglaries are asked to immediately contact Detective Chris Henning at (661) 799-5156 or report tips anonymously.


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