A well-known burglary ploy has landed two teenagers in trouble, police said.
“Knocking on the front door of a residence to see if anyone is home is a well known burglary tactic,” said Cmdr. Ray Reyna Jr. “Residents can protect themselves by installing burglar alarms and developing a neighborhood watch program.”
The Los Banos Police Department responded to the 500 block of North Santa Venetia Street regarding a residential burglary at 8:14 a.m. Saturday. Officers spoke with a 46-year-old resident who reported hearing his doorbell ring several times shortly after his wife left for work. The victim told police he heard a loud noise downstairs and encountered his neighbor and another teenager, authorities said.
Police said the teens saw the victim, ran from the house and jumped over a fence.
Officers interviewed Nathan Tyler Grimm next door at his residence and found Ray Kerns hiding inside a bedroom, police said. Officers reportedly located stolen property from the victim’s residence and prescription drugs that were not prescribed to either suspect, police said.
Grimm and Kerns, both 19, were placed under arrest on suspicion of residential burglary. Grimm is also facing a charge of possession of stolen property. They are being held at the John Latorraca Correctional Facility. Kerns’ bail is set at $75,000 and Grimm’s bail is $95,000.
Police said the pair were subsequently linked to three other burglaries. The first was a reported on March 29 in the 2100 block of Racquet Club Drive, the second was April 11 in the 2000 block of Berkeley Drive, and the third was reported on May 28, in the 1000 block of Washington Avenue.
“Our patrol officers did an outstanding job catching two men who appear to have been breaking into homes. We are looking into other break-ins to see if these suspects may have been involved,” Reyna said.