SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Four middle school students arrested in connection with an Ocean Beach burglary are suspected of several other break and enters dating back weeks.
Before five boys were recorded fleeing the scene of a burglary two Thursdays ago, children with similar descriptions were spotted blocks away near other burglary scenes.
January 5, along Atascadero Drive. Ellen returned home to find her locked back door ripped open.
“We have a shovel in our garden in our shed. They used it to wedge themselves between the door and the jam and open the door. It broke framing,” Ellen said.
Several items were missing from the living room, including his laptop. Ellen thinks her baby monitor captured the exact time of the break-in.
“While I was in a park with my daughter, the baby monitor made a loud noise around 4:08 p.m.,” Ellen said.
Minutes before, Ellen says neighbors saw four young boys, possibly school-aged, hanging out in the driveway behind her house.
Fast forward five days. On nearby Bernice Drive, a landlady told ABC 10News that four young boys were spotted in her backyard. She also returned home to a scene of burglary. A pair of AirPods were stolen from inside his home.
Neighbors saw the boys running to another house which was broken into almost 30 minutes later. 10 days later, those boys may have struck again.
Five boys were spotted running away from Catherine Rodriguez’s home on Long Branch Avenue.
A few minutes earlier, a jewelry box full of heirlooms had been stolen from her room.
On Thursday, police arrested four minors in connection with the case. Sources say ABC 10News investigators are investigating the group of college students and a series of home and business burglaries.
Several of the victims say they were notified of the arrests, but are still waiting to see if their property has been recovered.
Prosecutors declined to talk about specific charges, citing confidentiality in juvenile cases.