Burglar wearing respirator breaks into tented home

CARLSBAD, Calif. – A home in Carlsbad tented for termite extermination was broken into Thursday and law enforcement tracked down the suspect in San Marcos.

Surveillance video showed a burglar wearing a respirator.

A FumeWatch camera system the homeowner Ken Munson had placed inside the home on Paseo Aspada near Paseo Corono prior to it being tented alerted him to the break-in around 6:10 a.m. The cameras had recorded images of a person wearing a white suit and respirator who was apparently not an employee of the pest control company, according to Carlsbad police.

The resident told police the intruder may have been in his home for about 40 minutes and was last seen on camera around 5:50 a.m., police said.

“He got inside the tent, tore the screen off and then broke the window loose," Munson said. "He went through these drawers right here and then accessed the rest of the home."

Personnel from the pest control company C.A Luce Termite in Escondido were summoned to help officers deemed it safe for them to enter the home around 7:30 a.m., but the intruder had fled.

“They found the items stacked in the back of the house ready to be taken. It makes you feel violated," said Munson.

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

Investigators followed a lead to the 600 block of Rancho Sante Fe Road in San Marcos where they found the suspect identified as 34-year-old Jonathon Scott of Escondido. He was driving a 2002 Ford Ranger at the time of his arrest.

Scott was booked into Vista Detention Facility.