Man accused of burglarizing homes tented for fumigation

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SAN DIEGO -- A 34-year-old man was behind bars Wednesday for allegedly breaking into seven southeastern San Diego homes tented for fumigation in as many months.

Salvador Amador Padilla was arrested last week and has since been booked into jail on suspicion of burglary, attempted burglary, possession of a controlled substance and possession of burglary tools, according to San Diego police and jail records.

Police said they were alerted to Padilla after he attempted to break into a tented home Feb. 9. Investigators later linked him to at least six similar cases between July and this month, according to a San Diego police statement.

Lt. Terence Charlot of the SDPD Southeastern Division said the thefts were well planned out and took some time, "we've had a series of burglaries that started in July 2015 thru February 2016 where homes were being burglarized that were being fumigated."

A search of Padilla's residence turned up items believed to have been taken from the tented homes, according to the police statement. Some victims have come forward to claim their property, but authorities have yet to identify the owners of other items recovered during the search, police said.  Said Lt. Charlot, "we served a search warrant at the suspects residence. We found possible stolen property and we’ve identified 8 victims of that property."

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