Last Thursday (September 16th) to the East of your neighborhood (in Carmichael) we had a burglary on our street. What took place is very similiar to past burglaries in the Del Paso Manor area. The following took place on Leoleta just off Mission Avenue near Marconi.
My husband witnessed a maroon CRV pull up in the neighbor's driveway and thought perhaps she was having some work done on her house. The passenger got out and walked to another house and knocked and when the lady answered the door he asked if she had any cans or bottles to recycle. When she said no he left and returned to the house where the CRV was parked. The individual then went to that front door and when no one answered he went to the gate and entered the backyard. My husband then became suspicious and went down to the neighbor next door to where the CRV was parked and asked to go look over the fence. Unfortunately, by now the maroon CRV had driven off. However, when they looked over the fence the sliding glass door had been shattered. Since the individual never came back out front we believe he jumped the fence into the apartments on Marconi and the CRV picked him up there. Unfortunately, they got a jewelry box, Wii, and other misc. small stuff.
Unfortunately, my husband didn't react first by getting a license number on the CRV. The vehicle wasn't more that 2-4 years old and the passenger was white and in his 20's. After speaking to another neighbor on the street we found out that this individual was working the street and also went to another door asking for cans and bottles prior to making his way to the house he eventually broke into.
Friday, September 16th, on the 3800 block of Duran Circle, some fishing equipment was stolen from an open boat parked in a carport. The resident heard someone rummaging through the garbage can but didn't pay any attention as it was recycling day. (Note: law enforcement has asked us to report recycling looters using the non emergency Sheriff's number.) The equipment had been in the boat for several days prior to the theft.
Friday, September 16th on the North side of Marconi, near Montclaire
Sometime after midnight, early Friday morning, a window sample was stolen out of the back of my truck in my driveway in the 2900 block of Burnece (off Darlene/Valkyrie, across the street from Raleys and AT&T on Marconi). I suspect it was the garbage diggers as it was garbage night, or the tweekers in the known meth dealer's duplex near the southwest end of Valkyrie. This was done under full lighting. (Please note, law enforcement has asked us to report recycling looters using the Sheriff's non-emergency line.)
Sunday, September 18th
We were walking our dog this evening around 7pm on Montclaire and found some discarded mail. Upon looking over the bank of the chicken slough creek we saw what seemed to be torn up paper. I climbed down the rocks and recovered opened and torn up mail from two addresses, three people. One address on Stonesiffer Ct. and one on Woodcrest. We returned the mail to the addresses and spoke with people at both residences. Some of this mail was obviously outgoing and had contained checks. I suggest a locking mailbox for incoming, and if you are gone during the day, drop off your outgoing mail.
Monday, September 19th
At approx noon on Monday a blue backpack containing a laptop computer and an iPad was stolen from the bed of a pickup truck on the 2800 block of Verna Way. The resident had put the backpack in the bed of the truck and was shuttling two young children and a dog back and forth to the truck. Apparently someone had observed the activity and the placing of the pack and waited until the resident re-entered the house to steal the pack.
The backpack is described as slightly darker than sky blue and completely blue including zippers and buttons.
On the afternoon of Friday, September 16th, four youths participated in "tagging" the top of the brick plaza sign, at the intersection of Kings, Marilona, and Maryal. A sheriff's deputy hired by mission oaks park district ran them off as loiterers, but was informed of the tagging by a neighbor. They were then detained on Kings Way near Butano, and one of the four was identified as having gang affiliation. Below are pictures of the subjects, and of some of the graffitti.
If you happen to see these or any other people loitering, in an area where they seem out of place call the sheriff's non emergency number, 874-5115.
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