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Four Residential Burglaries Reported in San Bruno Tuesday

The burglaries all occurred between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Four residential burglaries occurred within one day in San Bruno this week, and police are advising residents to take precautions.

The residential burglaries occurred Tuesday, Jan. 14, between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m., according to the San Bruno Police Department.

At about 3 p.m., officers responded to an alarm at a residence in the 1400 
block of Crestwood Drive and discovered the home had been burglarized.

At 3:04 p.m., the Police Department received another report of a residential burglary that occurred in the 2500 block of Evergreen Drive.

A third burglary occurred at 3:23 p.m., in the 500 block of Madison Avenue.

Later in the evening, at about 9 p.m., officers took a fourth burglary report at a home in the 100 block of Madison Avenue.

Upon arrival at each residence, officers discovered the suspects had broken into the rear of the homes and that the residences had all been ransacked.

Each resident reported numerous items missing from within their homes, including laptop computers and jewelry. In one of these cases, a firearm was stolen. 

It is common for burglars to seek out residences with no one home, police said. In order to ensure this, they knock on front doors. If they get an answer they will come up with something, like asking for directions or if a particular person resides there.

If they get no answer they often enter rear yards then force entry into residences. 

The San Bruno Police Department encourages the community to take the following precautions:

  • Be mindful of suspicious vehicles and / or persons in your neighborhoods, and report anything out of the ordinary to the Police Department immediately. This would include suspicious people knocking on doors. 
  • Discourage burglars from targeting your residence by making your home look occupied. Keep a light on and consider parking a car in the driveway when you’re gone. Don’t allow newspapers to pile up outside or fail to put out your garbage cans as this may alert a burglar that you are away. 
  • Get to know all your adjacent neighbors and agree to watch out for each other’s homes.
  • Place alarm and “beware of dog” decals on windows and gates. 
  • Keep your doors locked. 

If your home is broken into:

  • Don’t enter if you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or door. The suspect may still be inside. 
  • Use a cellular phone or a neighbors phone to call the police.
  • Don’t touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.
  • Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.
  • Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.

The San Bruno Police Department’s Investigative Services Section is investigating these crimes. Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is urged to contact the San Bruno Police Department at (650) 616-7100 or sbpdtipline@sanbruno.ca.gov.

Information regarding these cases can be left anonymously.

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Karin Cunningham January 16, 2014 at 02:40 PM
Wow! This really pisses me off!
Joni Bepler Jansen January 16, 2014 at 06:34 PM
Those kids that go around trying to sell magazines were in the neighborhood last week. Makes me wonder if they are scoping the homes.
Teri Chavez January 17, 2014 at 02:50 AM
I live in Rollingwood anda few months ago a kid was selling magazines and said that he lived in the neighborhood. I asked him what street and he didn't know!! What high school kid can't tell you what street they live on? I didn't buy anything!!
Cat S January 17, 2014 at 11:34 PM
Thanks for all the posts!
Rolando Teran January 22, 2014 at 12:41 PM
Barking dogs are always an indication of someone lurking near the home. I always leave my garbage yard waste bin against the inside fence and if it is moved I know someone tried to get in. Same for the front I leave the recycle bin against the side gate (not used) and always check it if moved. When leaving your home, pay attention to any unknown cars with people parked nearby.
Kristina Perez January 23, 2014 at 10:44 AM
We were just robbed, likely with this same MO. Anyone who gets a magazine sales knock, or any other kind of bogus random question from an unknown person at your door, call the police, note what they look like, see if you can locate a vehicle they came in.
bob b January 28, 2014 at 02:07 PM
You need to get organized with your neighors and start patroling your community. Not just for criminal activity but also for graffiti, blight, etc. The city does not have the proper staffing anymore. This is an on going problem and it needs to be corrected. See cityofsanbruno.info..tks.

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