By Martin Henderson
A recent break-in in Robinson Ranch turned tragic for a small lapdog when it was killed by an apparent intruder.
It’s the latest incident in the Rancho Santa Margarita
neighborhood, which includes a break-in two weeks ago that caused the Orange County
Sheriff’s Department to mobilize its SWAT unit to clear a residence.
The recent uptick in activity in Robinson Ranch has led Lt.
Brian Schmutz, chief of police services for Rancho Santa Margarita, to schedule a meeting for
neighborhood residents on Monday, Oct. 28, at the Bell Tower Regional Community
Center. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Schmutz says crime prevention and
recent crime trends will be discussed.
“We’re putting a lot of resources into this investigation,
including regional resources,” Schmutz said.
The owner of the home reported jewelry and other small items were taken
during the Tuesday break-in on Silvertree Lane. It’s not far from the location
of the Brookseed Drive standoff. In that incident, it was believed a prowler broke
the glass of a patio door and was inside the home, which contained weapons.
Ultimately, no one was inside the residence.
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Schmutz said the department is following up on some leads involving suspcious activity. He advises residents to call the OCSD business line at 949-770-6011 if they see anything suspicious in the area, but to use 9-1-1 only if there's imminent danger to person or property.
Authorities are awaiting a necropsy on the deceased dog, who
may have been fatally injured by a kick or a stomp. Other dogs at the residence
were not injured. The small white dog was neither shot nor stabbed.
The resident returned home shortly before 1 p.m. and
discovered a broken window. A
neighbor reported hearing the dogs barking about 8 a.m.
The call was
made Tuesday, 12:52 p.m., from the 21300 block of Silvertree Lane.