Homeowner alerted to burglars roaming tented condo

Posted at 6:21 PM, Oct 10, 2018

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (KGTV) - An Oceanside homeowner got a shock at work when his phone alerted him to intruders inside his tented condo.

James says around 5 in the morning in late September, his heart dropped when the security alert showed him a real-time image: an intruder, wearing a headlamp in his 11-year-old daughter's bedroom.

"Seeing a stranger in my house, especially my daughter's room, is very nerve wracking," said James.

His daughter wasn't home. No one was. His condo, along with the entire Pamilla Del Oro community was wrapped in a fumigation tent. That day was the last of a three-day fumigation.

As it turns out, the burglars had sliced the tent and removed a screen before making an appearance on James' phone. He called 9-1-1. Police showed up soon after.

"They set up a perimeter and called the guys out. One came crawling out," said James.

James showed 10News a photo of that man handcuffed. Two other intruders captured on by the cameras got away. None of them wore masks. They didn't take much from the home, only a few fishing knives.

"We took our valuables out before the fumigation," said James. Police arrested James Brown, 47, on residential burglary charges.

 Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Oceanside Police at 760-435-4900.