March 25, 2010 (San Diego) – San Diegio Police Department’s northeastern division is inevestigating three burglaries believed to be related, including two in which intruders sprayed caustic chemicals, possibly bear spray or peper spray. The break-ins occurred on March 22 in the Rancho Bernardo, Miramar Ranch, and Scripps Ranch communities.
Around 12:45 in the afternoon, a suspect entered a residence in the 18000 block of Cabela Drive in Rancho Bernardo. Inside, the suspect was immediately confronted by the homeowner. The suspect used an unknown chemical to attack the owner, then fled without taking any property. He is described as a Hispanic man, approximately 20-30 years old, 5’7”, with a thin build. He reportedly wore a long-sleeved black and blue flannel type shirt and black jeans, concealing his face with a black bandana. Prior to the crime, the victim saw a suspicious vehicle, a silver or grey sedan with tinted windows, slowly driving through the neighborhood.
Sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., a burglary occurred in the 11500 block of Bluet Point in Miramar Ranch. In this case, the suspect(s) used a caustic chemical to attack the family’s dog that was inside of the residence. Family members returned home to discover both the injured pet and the ransacked home. Neighbors reported suspicious activity from a similarly described vehicle several days prior to yesterday’s burglary. The HAZMAT team from the San Diego Fire Department responded to assist responding police officers. Property loss in this incident is not known at this time.
A third burglary occurred between 9:55 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the 11700 block of Evergold Street in Scripps Ranch. Family members returned home to find that one or more suspects had forced entry into the residence. Although there was no reported property loss, the home was completely ransacked. A neighbor looked outside after hearing loud noises, and saw a vehicle matching the description provided above (Cabela Street) parked in front of the victim’s house. The driver fled the scene quickly upon seeing neighbors.
Anyone with information about these crimes is encouraged to telephone the San Diego Police Department at (858) 538-8000 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.