Around 2 a.m. last Tuesday, deputies answered a call of a residential burglary in progress. The caller said someone was trying to enter his home through a rear slider door. Several patrol deputies searched the area and found a male juvenile nearby.
Detective Jason Louis of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said the investigating officers found property from a string of previous burglaries.
“There were six burglaries reported during that morning, and when we searched (the suspect’s) bedroom we found property that appeared to be from one of the burglaries,” Louis said.
The deputies’ investigation led them to a second male juvenile, who was on probation for a previous crime. When officers conducted a search of his residence they found property from the other burglaries, all of which were committed while the homeowners were asleep, Louis said.
“It’s not uncommon for us to get multiple burglaries done by the same people in the same evening, but it is certainly excessive,” he said. “What is unusual in this case is that they live in the neighborhood and they burglarized that many houses in their own neighborhood.”
The two teens were booked into the Ventura County juvenile justice center and charged with multiple counts of residential burglaries. A trial date has not yet been set.