Davis has seen a spike in burglaries over the past two months. Police are investigating whether a man arrested while running from a robbery Thursday had anything to do with that spike.
Police arrested Shawn Steele, a 42-year-old male from Winters, as he ran away from a burglary on the 2100 block of Saratoga Place. Lt. Paul Doroshov said the following in a release Friday:
On February 16th, at approximately 11:00 PM, Davis Police Officers were dispatched to the 2100 block of Saratoga Place in Davis for a burglary call. The victim (53 year old Davis resident) was home when he heard noises downstairs and called police. After going downstairs to investigate, the victim noticed his car keys missing and subsequently discovered his cell phone stolen. The victim saw the suspect running away and provided a physical description to the police dispatcher.
Officers responded to the area and detained Shawn Steele (42 yr old male from Winters) at Lake Blvd. and Covell Blvd. Upon further investigation, officers strongly suspected Steele was responsible for the burglary. Steele was arrested on burglary charges and booked at the Yolo County Jail. The victim’s property was recovered. Officers believe Steele entered the victim’s home from the back yard through a sliding glass door. At this time we do not know whether Steele is responsible for some of the other burglary activity we have experienced over the last two months.
The following chart is a summary of recent residential burglaries. It is difficult to say at this point whether or not these crimes are related, but our Crimes Analysis Unit has noted some identifiable trends. [A breakdown of residential burglaries and attempted burglaries was calculated over two time cycles. It's pictured within this article]:
As always, we recommend that people secure their homes by locking all doors and windows. If you are at home and hear a prowler outside or inside your home, call 911 immediately. Organizing a Neighborhood Watch program is an excellent way to get to know your neighbors and keep an eye on each other. Contact our Community Policing Unit at (530)747-5400 and they will assist you in setting up a Neighborhood Watch.
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