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UPDATE: Officials say burglaries may be connected

Posted: January 7, 2013 5:57 p.m.
Updated: January 7, 2013 5:57 p.m.

Local sheriff's investigators looking into a home burglary are hoping to identify their "hot prowl burglary" suspect, shown above, with the public's help, a deputy said. Photo: Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station

 

Local sheriff’s investigators are looking into two “hot prowl” burglaries in Stevenson Ranch to see if there’s any connection, a deputy said.

A “hot prowl burglary” is one in which the burglar enters an occupied residence, said Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Shortly after 10:40 a.m. Monday, deputies received a report of two men breaking into a home on Sagecrest Circle near The Old Road, according to deputies.

The only description deputies are to go on were that the suspects wore black sweatshirts and that one of them wore gloves.

The homeowner reportedly yelled at the suspects as they got away.

The incident follows a similar “hot prowl” burglary that happened at a Stevenson Ranch home Thursday.

“We’re still trying to figure out if they’re connected,” Dubin told The Signal Monday. “They’re in the same general area.”

On Thursday, about 3:15 p.m., a residential “hot prowl burglary” was reported in the 26100 block of Quartz Meza Lane in the unincorporated area of the Santa Clarita Valley, Dubin said.

Detectives released a photograph of a man they want to question in connection with that burglary.

According to investigators, Thursday’s brazen burglar startled a homeowner in Stevenson Ranch when he broke into her home and stole her purse, Dubin said.

“She took that photo of the guy in front of her house with her purse in his hand,” he said.

The victim reported she was upstairs in her home doing chores. While inside her second story bedroom she heard footsteps and unusual movement coming from the kitchen area downstairs, he said.

She shouted downstairs for the persons to identify themselves. Once the victim shouted, two suspects ran out of the kitchen and exited the victim’s residence carrying her purse, Dubin explained in a media release.

She ran downstairs and confronted the two suspects in the front yard of her residence and ripped her purse away from one of the suspects.

The distraught homeowner was holding her cell phone in her hand as she planned to take a photo of the suspect’s vehicle license plate.

She saw one of the suspects cover his license plate with an unknown item. The victim was able to take a photo with her cell phone of one of the suspects.

The first suspect is described as a male Hispanic adult, about six feet tall, dark brown hair, with a moustache.

The other one is described as a male Hispanic, five foot eight inches tall, wearing black jeans and black jacket.

The vehicle the suspects fled the area in is described as a 1992 – 1995 Lexus LS 400, white with gold trim - also seen in the picture, Dubin said.

If anyone has information regarding this incident please contact Det. Christensen at 661-255-1121 or at CRChrist@lasd.org (REF -00131).

Hot prowl burglaries are considered especially dangerous by law enforcement because of the potential for a violent altercation to erupt between the occupant and the offender.

Do not attempt to confront or apprehend any suspect, always call 911.

jholt@signalscv.com
661-287-5527
on twitter @jamesarthurholt


 

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