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June 8, 2012 (Ramona) -- The San Diego Sheriff's Department is warning people in Ramona to be aware of a burglar targeting homes in the San Diego Country Estates. Three hot prowl burglaries were reported Wednesday night. A "hot prowl" is a burglary when an intruder enters a house while someone is home. A hot prowl burglary is dangerous because of the possible confrontation between the burglar and the victim. So far, no one has seen the burglar/s.
Since January, there have been approximately a dozen hot prowl burglaries in the San Diego Country Estates area of Ramona. These crimes happened during the overnight hours while the residents are asleep. The suspect/s took items that were easy to carry such as wallets, IPads, jewelry, purses, and entered homes through unlocked doors, windows and garage doors.
People are reminded to lock their doors and windows, especially at night. Burglars know doors and windows may be left open during hot weather, and will take advantage of this opportunity. Make it difficult for them to choose you.
If you have information about this hot prowl burglary series, call the Sheriff's non emergency line at (858) 5655200. You can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 5808477.
Members of the media who need more information about these burglaries can call
Public Affairs Director Jan Caldwell at (858) 9742052.