Police Arrest Suspects for Breakins During Hurricane Alex

Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 8:33am

With more storms expected to make it's way to the Valley San Benito police are warning homeowners to be aware of people taking advantage of those leaving their homes. Recently Police busted two thieves for breaking into homes during Hurricane Alex. Matt Fernandez has the story.

These are homes off 5th street in the El Camino Trailer Park in San Benito. Police say several
suspects broke into the five home stealing valuables the night of Hurricane Alex. Hope Spencer is a San Benito resident.

"It's scary, it usually perfectly safe and I don't like the idea that this is happening."

Police say 18 year old Marco Valencia and a 16 year old juvenile were targeting homes where people were evacuating for the hurricane. They would break in through the windows and take as much as they could.

"From jewelry to electronic equipment, guitars, clothing, it's estimated between $12,000-$15,000. We were able to get most of the jewelry back."

Police say residents looking out for their neighbors led to the arrests of the two suspects.

"This man on the corner is the one that made the alert. They said his son was a police officer and called him and five cruisers were out there."

San Benito police warn residents who are evacuating to be very cautious.

"It would be recommended to take values with you jewelry and important papers "

Police say they expected to arrests 2 or 3 more suspects part of these burglaries. Valencia and the 16 year old were charged with 5 counts of Burglary of a Habitation.

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