Coronado Targeted in One-Bandit Crime Spree

By Dave Summers
|  Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014  |  Updated 10:28 PM PDT
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Coronado Targeted in One-Bandit Crime Spree

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A Coronado councilwoman is one of a number of victims in a one-night, one-bandit crime spree.

Coronado police say the man was high on drugs at the time he orchestrated this random string of burglaries and thefts.

They started on G Street, where he broke into a home to cook himself dinner, and ended on B Avenue, where he crashed a stolen car and tried to break into councilwoman Barabara Denny's house.

“I do feel lucky,” Councilwoman Barbara Denny said.

The quaint village of Coronado is not immune to the crime drama found in less affluent neighborhoods, and Denny agrees.

“Such crimes can happen anywhere and no person is immune,” Denny said.

The Sunday before the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday, Coronado police got the first complaint call just after nine o'clock. Before that, there was a car break-in and home invasion on Alameda . Over the next two hours, police say the suspect broke in a home, a parked car, stole a car, crashed it and attempted a burglary on B Avenue at Denny's house.

“This particular suspect wasn't very smart to try our home. We lock our windows, doors and gates out of habit. We have a home alarm system as well, plus cameras that operate day and night,” Denny said.

Denny and her husband were inside at the time. The burglar made it over the tall gate and managed to pull the screen from a first floor window before deciding to leave. The suspect escaped on foot

Denny is using the incident to encourage homeowners in all neighborhoods to organize watch groups.

“Neighborhood watch groups prevent crime. They develop safety surveys and encourage residents to develop good habit,” Denny said.

Despite the crime binge police say the suspect escaped with nothing.

His appearance is just as bizarre. The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male in his late teens or early 20s. He was last seen wearing torn blue jeans, no shirt and only one shoe.

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