Burglar Leaves Shotgun in San Marcos Apartment

By Lauren Steussy
|  Monday, Nov 19, 2012  |  Updated 10:33 PM PDT
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Burglar Leaves Shotgun in San Marcos Apartment

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A San Marcos resident walked into an armed burglary in progress Monday afternoon, police said.

The resident in the 600 block on South Twin Oaks Valley Road walked into his apartment Monday at about 3:30 p.m. to find his roommate's gym bag and a shotgun in his living room, San Diego Sheriff's Department officials said.

A man emerged and the resident asked who he was, thinking he may have been a friend of his roommate's. He then realized that the man was carrying a large bayonet.

The resident excused himself, went to his room and locked the door. When he was certain the man in his living room had left, he came out to find his roommate's gym bag missing, along with other items from his apartment.

The shotgun and its case had been left behind, however.

The resident reported the incident to the Sheriff's Department, which responded immediately. Authorities spoke to a witness who saw the suspect leave in a waiting vehicle.

The witness remembered the license plate number and car description, which led police to the registered owner's residence. One deputies established a perimeter, several people in the residence came outside.

The witness positively identified the two men he saw leaving the scene. Both were taken into custody and face charges of residential burglary.

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