Neighbors on edge in Chula Vista following home break-ins

People warn each other with fliers

CHULA VISTA - A plea to find a man wanted in connection with home break-ins in Chula Vista has taken the form of fliers by concerned neighbors.

The fliers were posted on a mailbox and front doors up and down two streets in Chula Vista -- Red Granite Road and Mt. Whitney Road. They warn of three home invasions on April 29, which has neighbors concerned.

"It's pretty scary," Paul Bock told 10News. "I've got a couple of little ones and the last thing I want to do is have them put in danger."

The neighborhood consists of newer homes that are close together. Chula Vista police Sgt. Dan Peak, though, told 10News that two homes were burglarized.

"They were not home invasions; they happened to be burglaries. Primarily money and jewelry were stolen, as well as a newer model Mercedes," said Peak.

He said there was an attempted break-in at a third home, but the thief was surprised to find a woman inside watching him as he tried to climb through a second-story window.  

"He jumped to the balcony and pulled himself up and tried to gain access through the windows," Peak said.

Spooked by the woman, he ran off, police said.

Many of the homes in the area have security systems, but not all. Now with a burglar at large, there may soon be more.

Emilio Gonzalez is considering his options, telling 10News, "After that, we were thinking what kind of changes we need to do; maybe install some system or some lights in the night."

Some neighbors gave a description of the man prowling their streets that day -- a white adult male, 18 to 23 years old, wearing a white T-shirt and red shorts. He was about 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, skinny with short blond hair. He also had earphones on.

The flier asks for anyone with information to come forward and call the police department at 619-691-5151 or 619-392-7791.

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