LANCASTER – A burglar alarm and some alert neighbors led Lancaster deputies to uncover a juvenile burglary ring Tuesday. Expensive jewelry, firearms, computers, bicycles and other items valued at about $40,000 were recovered, and five juveniles with ties to a criminal street gang were arrested.
The following is the press report from the Lancaster Station:
At 12:48 p.m. [Tuesday], neighbors of a resident living in the 3100 block of Horseshoe Court, Lancaster, called 911 and reported to the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station that their neighbor’s burglar alarm was going off, and that they saw several male blacks running from the home, carrying black duffle bags.
Lancaster patrol deputies, along with the Lancaster Station Burglary Suppression Team responded to the call, set up a containment of the area, and an intense search began for the suspects.
At a house in the 3300 block of East Avenue K-4, Deputy Scott Woods saw a male black in the rear yard of a home that appeared to be abandoned.
When the juvenile was contacted, boxes of jewelry began falling out of his sweatshirt. The juvenile was detained, and at the same time, four other male black juveniles were located inside the home, and it was determined the juveniles lived at the location.
As the juveniles were being detained, other items on a table inside the location were observed, and were recognized as items having just been stolen during the burglary on Horseshoe Court.
A search warrant for the home was obtained for the house by the Burglary Suppression Team. Assisted by patrol personnel, the burglary team served the warrant at the home.
Property including a safe, high dollar jewelry, cameras, firearms, computers, game stations, and other items valued at approximately $40,000 were recovered.
Victims of four burglaries have been identified so far, and it is expected that several additional victims will be identified as the investigation continues. Four bicycles believed to be stolen were also seized.
The five juveniles are being held without bail at Sylmar Juvenile Hall, and all are associated to a criminal street gang. Burglary Team Deputies request that if you recognize any of the bicycles in the picture as being stolen from you, please contact Lancaster Station [at 661-948-8466] and ask for the burglary team.