LANCASTER – Four teenagers were taken into custody Wednesday just minutes after two Lancaster home burglaries, and the alleged thieves may be linked to other local burglaries, authorities said.
Three 17-year-old boys and 18-year-old Daneous Nicholas were arrested after field deputies contained a Lancaster neighborhood, according to Lancaster Community Relations deputy Miguel Ruiz. Deputies also recovered stolen items from inside the alleged getaway vehicle, Ruiz added.
The incident began around 11:05 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 with a “hot prowl” burglary at a home on the 44300 block of Honeybee Lane.
“A lone female resident was in her home when she heard the [three] subjects enter through an open window. She hid in a closet, but was discovered by the intruders,” Ruiz stated. “The subjects quickly ran out of the home after stealing jewelry.”
A few minutes later, the thieves struck again at a home about a mile and a half away, according to Ruiz.
“The same subjects were reportedly seen making entry into a home located on the 6000 block of West Avenue J-4,” Ruiz stated. “Field Deputies quickly contained the neighborhood and searched for the subjects.”
Ruiz said the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Aero unit assisted in the search and quickly spotted the suspects running from a white 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The three 17-year-old boys – two from Los Angeles and one from Palmdale – were located and detained, Ruiz stated. The driver of the white Malibu, identified as 18-year-old Lancaster resident Daneous Nicholas, was also located and arrested, according to Ruiz.
“Stolen jewelry from the Honeybee Lane home was recovered in the white car. Additional personal property from the J-4 home was also recovered,” Ruiz stated.
Nicholas and the three juveniles were transported to the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station jail for booking, and they are expected to be charged with burglary.
“The investigation is continuing, which could possibly link the arrested individuals to other burglaries,” Ruiz stated. “Victims will be contacted soon by detectives.”
During the incident, Sundown Elementary School and Noah’s Ark Daycare were placed on lockdown for about 15 minutes.
“At no time did any of the subjects enter any of the campuses nor were any students or staff reportedly injured,” Ruiz stated.