Kingsburg Police Search for Suspected Burglars

4/24/2008 Kingsburg, CA The little Kingsburg neighborhood looks like the perfect picture of tranquility, but it's turning into a target for a band of young thieves. Police say as many as nine people are involved in a series of daytime burglaries and the crooks are using their youth to their advantage. "With the suspects being teenagers, some of the windows have been very small, including those you'd typically see in a bathroom or above a shower," said Kingsburg police chief Jeff Dunn.

The burglars climbed through one window Monday, but they ended up running out of a door because someone came home. She didn't want to talk on camera, but the victim told us how she figured out burglars were in her house when she came home for lunch. "The refrigerator doors were open, there was stuff thrown in the kitchen," the victim said. "I mean our luggage -- the robbers had used the luggage to load up our computer, our surround sound system, our DVD player, liquor."

The petite woman saw three burglars and she went into a fury, attacking the last teen to leave the house. "When I threw him down on the ground, 2 pizza pockets came flying out of his pockets which infuriated me even more because, pizza pockets? I mean that's unbelievable," she said.

They also stole toothbrushes, toothpaste, and deodorant as well as earrings, a necklace and a camera. When the victim reported the crime to police, she found out she's not alone. The exclusive Action News Crimetracker maps crime trends and it shows how focused the series of burglaries has been on the west side of Kingsburg. The victim says it's a place where she used to feel safe.

"Now I feel like I've been robbed of that and I feel everybody in our neighborhood should feel that way," she said. "Because now, who's going to be next?"

Police have arrested two teenagers, but they think there may be as many as seven more suspects involved, including two adults. They say they're close to making more arrests.

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