Police: Sorrento Valley, Rancho Bernardo home robberies possibly related

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SAN DIEGO – Three thieves broke into a Sorrento Valley home last week, and police say the robbery could be related to one that took place early Friday in Rancho Bernardo.

On both Jan. 31 in the 10700 block of Passerine Way and early Friday in the 11000 block of Aliento Court, three robbers entered the homes through a side door and woke up the residents at gunpoint.

"Their hands were bound in front of them and they had to get themselves loose and go to a neighbors to call for help," said Lt. Todd Griffin.

The residents of the Rancho Bernardo home were tied up in their bedroom with shoe laces. The robbers escaped with cash and jewelry.

"It’s pretty scary. We haven’t been back to sleep since that happened. It gets your attention pretty quick," said neighbor Rick Ellis.

San Diego police Lt. Kevin Mayer said those victims eventually broke free and were able to call for help from a neighbor's house. Police said the robbers were wearing black clothing, masks and lights on their heads.

"It is unusual in itself, and to have them occur in that part of the city it’s even more unusual," said Griffin.

Anyone with information on either of the two robberies is asked to the call the San Diego Police Department Robbery Unit at 619-531-2299 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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