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Thieves arrested after targeting fumigated homes

Posted at 11:16 AM, Apr 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-08 16:14:57-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Three people were arrested early Monday morning after police said they burglarized nearly a dozen homes in the Midtown area that were being fumigated.

San Diego police received reports of break-ins at around 3 a.m. in the 3400 block of Columbia Street.

Clark Nash, who rents one of the condos being fumigated, told 10News he was alerted to a break-in at his home by his Navy SEAL neighbor.

“He’s got one of those doorbell things and someone tried to punch it, and [the video] automatically goes to him and his roommate,” Nash said.

Video from a Ring doorbell camera shows one of the suspected thieves attempting to open a front door. He is seen holding his face and the turns away from the camera.

Officers arrived and spotted the four of the suspected thieves as they tried to get away. Three of them were caught, but the fourth person was able to flee the scene.

A description of the fourth suspected thief was not immediately released.

Police said the thieves were able to enter the homes by cutting slits in the fumigation tents.

Nash said the fumigation of the 12 condos began last Friday. The tents were removed hours after the burglary report, with residents being allowed back inside in the afternoon.

According to police, a vehicle likely belonging to the suspected thieves was recovered. Some neighbors told 10News some items stolen from the homes were found inside the vehicle.