Deputies Bag Canyon Country Burglars
A burglary, which occurred in December 2009 in the 27300 block of Red Bud Place in Canyon Country, has been solved by Santa Clarita Sheriff's using fingerprint identification.
Detectives working the case noticed a pattern of burglaries in the area. Fingerprints could not be found in most of the victims homes, but all of the homes were entered by a suspect sliding a window open and climbing into the residence.
Latent fingerprints, prints that are not visible to the naked eye, located in the burglarized home were submitted to the crime lab.
In March 2010, a home in the 27300 block of Rock Rose Lane in Canyon Country was burglarized. Again, burglars slid a window open and climbed into the home, but this time a latent print was found in the home.
The crime lab processed the fingerprints, and were able to identify two suspects, one from each crime location.
Deputies planned an operation to locate and arrest both suspects, but wound up arresting them on Saturday after a woman called 9-1-1 and reported two men trying to break into her home.
Deputies responded to the burglary call and arrested Juan Angeles, 19, and a 16-year-old male, both from Canyon Country, as they fled the scene.
Angeles has been linked to the December 2009 burglary through his fingerprints. The second fingerprints belonged to another 16-year-old Canyon Country resident, who was detained at Golden Valley High School.
Detectives have linked these three suspects to 18 residential burglaries committed since December 2009.
Both juvenile suspects were transported to Santa Clarita Valley Station and booked for burglary charges. One was released to a parent and the other was transported to Sylmar Juvenile Hall.