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3 Hot-Prowl Burglaries Reported Overnight in San Diego Country Estates

Sheriff's Department says about a dozen such incidents have been logged there since January.

Three “hot-prowl” burglaries early Thursday have prompted the Sheriff's Department to warn residents about the crime series.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jan Caldwell said nobody was hurt in the latest incidents, which took place between midnight and 5 a.m.

A “hot prowl” is a burglary in which an intruder enters a house while someone is home. Such crimes are dangerous because of the possible confrontation between the burglar and victim.

So far, no one has seen the burglar or burglars, said a sheriff's statement.

Since January, about a dozen hot prowl burglaries have been reported in the San Diego Country Estates area of Ramona, Caldwell said.

“These crimes happened during the overnight hours while the residents are asleep. The suspects took items that were easy to carry such as wallets, iPads, jewelry, purses and entered homes through unlocked doors, windows and garage doors,” said a statement.

The department advises people to lock their doors and windows, especially at night.

“Burglars know doors and windows may be left open during hot weather, and will take advantage of this opportunity,” said a statement. “Make it difficult for them to choose you.”

Anyone with information about the hot prowl burglary series is asked to call the sheriff's nonemergency line at 858-565-5200. You can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

Susan Martin June 08, 2012 at 01:49 PM
it's hard to imagine anyone coming from very far away to burgle the estates between midnight and dawn. Most likely the perps live in Ramona.
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greg Chick June 08, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Hopefully some Gun owner will catch them and shoot them so we do not have to pay for prosecuting them and feeding them in Jail. These times are tough for everyone, we need to stick together not steal from each other. I urge the "Bandits" to stop and get help before someone takes out some aggression and shoots them dead. Did you hear about the stupid guy that tried to rob a gun store ? It was aggression therapy for the gun owners in the store. Medical office reported over 200 bullets in the "robber" Therapy for thieves need not be so bad....it is a choice. This is a free country, we make choices everyday....Make one... Greg Chick
Christine Phillips June 08, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I was awakened last night at 1 am by the sound of someone trying the front door handle. This is the first night I have locked up as we usually sleep with the bedroom windows and sliding doors open. I was freaked out as I believe they perhaps are looking for places before they actually commit the burglary. Remember to lock the gates, garage doors and sliders too.
Susan Martin June 08, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Christine, you must have been relieved to have started locking up! I heard about this rash of burglaries from a neighbor yesterday, as I came back from getting my mail and leaving my house unlocked. I was gone for 10 minutes. Never again, I learned too...
cyndy powell June 08, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I have heard that it can be related to solicitors who come to your door. We had some strange guy come to sell us solar equipment. In no way did he resemble a solar salesman. We think he was there to scope out the house. Definitely we have locked up. Didn't before, do now!
Penny Hale June 08, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Sounds like we need to be sure and leave Mr. 110 lb Rottweiler loose at night instead of closed in our bedroom hogging the bed! Although I'm pretty sure he'd wake up, he's pretty protective of "his" house, and I wouldn't hesitate to let him out of the bedroom! Burglars be warned, he's not friendly to strangers =D
Margaret Rose-Hoelter June 10, 2012 at 02:14 PM
On Monday, June 11 at 6 PM, there is a meeting in the Country Estates at the Rotunda. A San Diego County Sheriff will be there to discuss the hot prowl burglaries, and talk about how to set up local Neighborhood Watch programs. We have had several homes burglarized in the area of Pappas and Rio Verde. Neighbors are now reporting anything suspicious to the Sheriff's department. Margaret Rose-Hoelter
keepingup June 10, 2012 at 04:31 PM
The meeting is at the Gunn Stage pocket park at Gunn Stage Rd and Arena Dr. at 6:30PM per an email sent out from the SDCEA.
Julie Pendray June 11, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Thank you all for sharing this important information. I am now back from vacation & will be following up on this ... Be safe.
Julie Pendray June 11, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I've just added a list of Summer Safety Tips from the Sheriff's Department to this story.
Mrs. MacGillicuttie June 12, 2012 at 05:03 PM
HELTER SKELTER need I say more?
Joe Maguire June 12, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Thanks all for the pro active comments re burglaries in our area; ie Barona Mesa/Estates Looking forward to following future communication and prevention ideas.Joe Maguire , Barona Mesa
Joe Maguire June 12, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Looking forward to keeping in touch , Joe Maguire
Susan Martin June 12, 2012 at 06:26 PM
I wasn't able to make the meeting last night, but appreciate the safety tips in the PDF, thanks Julie!

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