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Cops Catch Alleged Burglary Suspects In the Act

There's only one problem, however, and it's a big one.

Hard to know if people are on edge and jittery, or more aware and diligent about looking after their neighbors given the rash of burglaries that have occurred in Rancho Santa Margarita.

A local resident thought he saw a couple of males who may have been responsible for more than a half-dozen recent thefts, many between the 241 toll road and Antonio Parkway in the north end of town.

The informant contacted the Orange County Sheriff's Department on Friday, 3:01 p.m., to report a burglary in progress on Via Solano—in an area that has been popular with the burglar(s).

The informant spotted two men in a van who parked in the driveway of a neighbor's house. Both men were wearing backpacks. One man went to the back of the house and then the other went through the front door.

Deputies arrived on the scene only to report that there was no burglary taking place. One of the suspicious subjects was a resident at the home.

In addition to watching out for the neighbors, which is recommended by police, it might be a good idea to get to know them, too.

BehindTheOrangeCurtain November 12, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Yes people are a little on edge over this. Not particularly funny.
Amanda LaRosa November 12, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I found the headline misleading. The 'suspects' were not allegedly in the act of a burglary; one was in the act of arriving home accompanied by a friend, no burglary charges were filed. Better you should have clarified in the headline what the 'alleged suspects' were caught in the act of. As it stands, the implication is a burgarly. A more interesting headline would have read "Cops Catch Alleged Burglary Suspects - Arriving Home". And I agree with the first comment. Normally you're very good at writing inticing and appropriately light-hearted headlines (and stories), however this lead crossed a line. Looking forward to more thoughtful efforts, Martin.
Alice Luciano November 12, 2012 at 08:18 PM
It seems like there was more to this than the cops coming to the home and finding out it was the people that lived there. Four cop cars zoomed into our neighborhood, and cop helicopters were flying overhead, cops searching through backyards, all for a good half an hour. I'm glad people are on the watch. I'd rather have an honest mistake than another break-in for our neighborhood (or anybody else's).
Martin Henderson (Editor) November 12, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Police services in Rancho Santa Margarita are well aware of that's going on, so I'm not surprised by the response. @Amanda, where were you at 5 a.m. when I needed that headline written?? Thanks for your comments.

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