Five suspects arrested after S. Valley burglaries

FRESNO, Calif.

The first happened just before noon near Cameron Avenue and Court Street.

The second happened on the other side of town near Houston and Cain.

Officers say a good witness and a nearby police substation helped them catch all five of the suspects.

Action News was there as Visalia police performed a field line-up for two of the five suspects arrested in a home burglary today.

Officers say the five suspects traveled to Visalia from the Delano area just to break into homes and steal electronics. Investigators say the suspects were driving in this blue pick-up.

"Their method was a window smash and they broke rear windows and entered thru the residence in that manner," Sgt. Amy Watkins of the Visalia Police Department said.

Sgt. Watkins says several witnesses saw the suspects in the act and called 911. Several officers immediately responded from a nearby police station.

'The response time was short and just a saturation of the area to contact all suspicious vehicles suspicious people in the area who obviously did not belong is what caught these individuals," Watkins said.

Officers saw the suspects stealing electronics from the home. A man who lives on the street told Action News that while the area is safe and quiet, he's not surprised his neighbor was the victim of a crime.

"With the economy being the way it is you're always going to have somebody looking for something," neighbor Richard Damari said.

Less than 20 minutes later, officers were called to another home burglary. In this case, the homeowner caught the suspects in the act.

"We had a female resident who returned to her home where she walked into a burglary in progress of her home and the suspects in that case had forced entry thru a residential door," Watkins said.

Visalia police say the incidents do not appear to be related.

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