LANCASTER – Three teenagers were detained minutes after a home burglary in Lancaster Tuesday evening, and deputies recovered stolen property from the backyard swimming pool of a neighboring residence, authorities said.
The incident began around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, when deputies responded to a “burglary now” call on the 500 block of Heyer Street in Lancaster, according to Deputy Kit Gruppie of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
After a “suspect description” was broadcast, deputies searched the surrounding area and located 18-year-old Carnell Smith, a 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-boy, Gruppie said.
“Through their investigation, LAN-CAP [Lancaster Community Appreciation Program] and Burglary Suppression Team deputies located a vacant residence where the victim’s property was left,” Gruppie said. “Two safes were located in the swimming pool of the vacant residence.”
Gruppie said a deputy entered the swimming pool and recovered the victim’s property.
Smith was arrested on suspicion of burglary and booked at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station in lieu of $50,000 bail, according to LASD inmate records. The juveniles were detained, but no further information could be released, Gruppie said.
The investigation is being handled by the Burglary Suppression Team. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station at 661-948-8466.