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Update - Burglar Enters House Tented for Termites and Suspect is Arrested

Update - On May 25 at 10:31 a.m., investigative leads led officers to the 600 block of Rancho Santa Fe Road in San Marcos where officers arrested 34-year-old Jonathon Scott of Escondido for burglary. Scott was driving a 2002 Ford Ranger at the time of his arrest.  Scott will be booked into the Vista Detention Facility.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

On May 25, at 6:10 a.m., the City of Carlsbad Police Department received a call from a homeowner about a residential burglary at his home in the 6300 block of Paseo Aspada between Paseo Corono and Carrillo way.

The homeowner related that his house was tented for termites and that part of the tenting process was the placing of cameras inside the house to detect an intruder. The camera system had alerted the homeowner to an intruder.

In less than a minute officers were dispatched to the location and arrived at 6:14 a.m.

A continued conversation with the homeowner revealed that the intruder may have been in the house for about 40 minutes and that the security system had just awakened him. Also, that the last sighting of the intruder had been at around 5:50 a.m.

Officers quickly set up and secured the perimeter, and looked for an opening in the tenting that was used to access the house.

The officers contacted the termite company to discuss how to safely enter the house and the termite company responded to the scene to provide assistance.

A K-9 Unit was called for and provided by the Poway office of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

At 7:33 a.m., the termite company deemed it safe to enter the house and the K9 and officers entered the house. The house was cleared and the intruder was not found.

Officers collected the camera surveillance footage from the house that showed a person inside the house wearing a white suit and respirator.

Before tenting, the homeowner followed excellent safety precautions and removed many valuables from the home. The loss at this time is unknown.

An investigation in to the incident is ongoing. Detectives, officers and crime scene investigators will continue to search for evidence to resolve the crime and apprehend the burglar.

For more information
Lieutenant Kevin Lehan, 760-931-2115 or kevin.lehan@carlsbadca.gov

Police media contact
Jodee Sasway, 760-931-2105 or jodee.sasway@carlsbadca.gov

May 25, 2017