2 suspects in apt burglary near Cal State San Marcos arrested

Resident finds stranger with bayonet, shotgun

SAN MARCOS, Calif. - Two men were in custody Tuesday on suspicion of burglarizing an apartment near Cal State San Marcos, authorities said.

Deputies received a call about the burglary in the 600 block of South Twin Oaks Valley Road around 3:30 p.m. Monday, according to San Diego County sheriff's Sgt. Robert Jennings.

A resident of the apartment returned home to find his roommate's workout bag and shotgun in the middle of the living room and a strange man walking out of the roommate's bedroom, Jennings said in a statement. The resident initially assumed the stranger was a friend of his roommate, but then noticed he was carrying a large bayonet, the sergeant said.

The resident excused himself, went to his bedroom and locked the door, Jennings said. When he emerged, the stranger was gone, along with most of the items that had been piled in the middle of the living room. The resident then called 911.

Deputies and university police canvassed the area and found a witness who saw a man matching a description of the burglar getting into a vehicle driven by someone else. The witness remembered the type of car and its license plate number, Jennings said.

Dispatchers looked up the vehicle's registration information and gave deputies an address. A short time later, the suspected burglar and the driver of the getaway vehicle were arrested on suspicion of residential burglary, Jennings said, adding that two others at the same address were detained but later released.

The names of the two men arrested were not immediately released.

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