Crawling Crooks Caught on Tape

Pet monitors catch cat burglars mid-heist

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    SD Crime Stoppers
    Two men were caught crawling on the floor during a recent break-in in Rancho Santa Fe.

    Police are asking for assistance to track down two suspects caught crawling on tape during a recent crime spree in Rancho Santa Fe.

    The suspects allegedly burglarized four homes and attacked one homeowner on Oct. 13 but, thanks to purple-infrared pet monitor cameras, were video taped crawling on the floor to avoid burglar alarm sensors.

    The victimized residences were located on the 15000 block of Sun Valley Lane, the 4000 block of Rancho Grande Lane, the 15000 block of Rancho Real and the 15000 block of Via Del Alba. Officials report mostly jewelry and a National Security Agency identification card were taken in the heists, which occurred between 12:40 p.m. and 3:40 p.m.

    One of the suspects allegedly attacked a homeowner who interrupted the intrusion, stealing the homeowner’s wallet and causing minor abrasions and bruising. He's described as a 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9 black male in his late 20’s with a muscular build. He weighs about 250-300 pounds and was last seen wearing a button down long-sleeved dress shirt, dress pants and dress shoes.

    The second suspect is described as a 6-foot to 6-foot-5 man with a large build and a tattoo behind his right ear.

    They were possibly seen driving a late 1990s or early 2000s model of a silver four-door Toyota Camry.

    San Diego Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 award for information leading to an arrest. Anonymous tips can be submitted by phone at (888) 580-8477 or online by email or text.