Redlands Police believe arrested suspects responsible for string of burglaries in Inland Empire

News headline from the Redlands Police Department:

Alert Redlands Police detectives located a car after it was seen leaving a thwarted residential burglary, arresting four people and recovering items taken in another residential burglary.  The suspects are also believed to be responsible for several burglaries in Grand Terrace, Loma Linda, Yucaipa, Highland, Colton and Fontana.

At about 10:30 a.m. on May 10th, officers responded to the 1300 block of Grove Street after a homeowner reported frightening off a group of men who first knocked at his front door before going to the back yard and attempting to break into his home.  The resident gave officers a description of the suspects and a two-door black sedan seen leaving the neighborhood.

A Redlands Police lieutenant and sergeant heard the call and began checking exit routes from the City.  They pulled over the suspect vehicle on Greenspot Road as it was heading toward Highland.

While police were investigating, a report came in of another residential burglary in the 1100 block of Lincoln Street.  A search of the suspect vehicle yielded property stolen during that burglary.

Arrested were Anthony Allen Butler, 19; Revy Tyree Bland, 22; and two male juveniles, ages 16 and 17, all from San Bernardino.  Butler and Bland were booked into San Bernardino County Jail and the juveniles were taken to Juvenile Hall.  All four were charged with burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and possession of stolen property.

Redlands Police Detectives are currently working with surrounding Inland Empire police agencies to determine if the suspects were involved in a string of at least six burglaries in nearby communities.  Investigators say in many of the burglaries two of the suspects would knock loudly several times on the front door of a residence.  If there was no answer, three of the suspects would enter the back yard and force entry or enter an unsecured door or window.  The driver stayed in the vehicle and acted as a lookout.  The burglars targeted specific items, mainly electronics and jewelry.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Redlands Police Dispatch at 909-798-7681.  Anonymous tips can be provided by texting 274637 using the keyword “REDTIP.”

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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