SAN DIEGO -- Homes in the Sabre Springs and Carmel Mountain Ranch neighborhoods were broken into early Thursday and investigators were working to determine if the same three suspects carried out those and similar recent break- ins in Rancho Bernardo and Sorrento Valley.
"There are just too many similarities for us to discount that there’s a strong possibility they may all be connected," said San Diego Police Lt. Todd Griffin.
The latest home-invasion robbery occurred in the 14000 block of Breezeway Place near Cedarhurst Lane around 5:20 a.m. Three suspects, one of whom was armed with a gun, somehow gained entry to the home, tied up the residents and escaped with some of their property, San Diego police Officer Frank Cali said.
"They barged in my room and yelled at me not to move and stay there and don’t turn around, don’t look at them and tell them where the money was at," said victim Josh Cheng. "I’m just glad that nothing happened to my brother or my father. So as long as nothing happened I could care less what happens to my house really."
Police canvassed the neighborhood around Breezeway place and discovered two other unoccupied homes had been broken into Thursday morning. When the owners came back, investigators were able to confirm that both of those houses had been burglarized, police said.
The break-in was about five miles from the Sabre Springs neighborhood, where a trio of thieves entered a home in the 11300 block of Spring Meadow Lane through a side door around 2:45 a.m. Police said one suspect was armed during that robbery as well.
"They’re checking garage doors, they’re checking side doors of homes, they’re checking gates and that’s how they’re getting in," said Griffin.
The suspects in the first robbery this morning were only said to have been wearing dark clothing and hooded sweatshirts, according to the officer.
Cali said it was not immediately clear whether the suspects were the same men wanted in connection with a home invasion robbery in the 11400 block of Aliento Court in Rancho Bernardo Friday and the weekend before in the 10700 block of Passerine Way in Sorrento Valley.
In both earlier cases, the thieves got into the home through a side door with no signs of forced entry, threatened residents with a gun and bound them, authorities said.