The witness said it looked as if the suspects were carrying pillow cases that appeared to be filled with property from the residence. The witness followed the suspects around the neighborhood as the suspects began throwing items from the vehicle. The witness was providing Bakersfield police dispatchers the path of the vehicle as it was traveling through the neighborhood.
The vehicle eventually stopped at Haggin Oaks Park where two suspects fled from the vehicle on foot. At about this same time Sergeant Scott Thatcher arrived at the park and saw the suspects fleeing on foot in the park discarding additional items including the victim’s passport and cash. The two suspects were taken into custody at the park after they tried to avoid capture by running through the pond.
The suspect vehicle fled eastbound on Limoges Way occupied by two additional suspects and was found abandoned a short time later near Haggin Oaks Blvd. and Limoges Way.
A third suspect was located after a yard to yard search of the area by officers. While officers were still searching the area, a subject, Christian Salazar, 19, of Bakersfield, went into the lobby of the downtown police department to report the suspect vehicle stolen. Prior to the offense, an officer had cited Salazar and another subject, Robert Valles, 22, of Bakersfield for traffic violations in the 5700 block of Sundale Dr. Valles was one of the suspects in custody at Haggin Oaks Park from the Burglary.
When confronted by officers with this information, Salazar admitted to being involved in the offense. Officers arrested Salazar, Valles, Jose Corona, 18, of Bakersfield and a juvenile for burglary, conspiracy and resisting arrest. Additional charges may also be pending.
Leo B. Hart, Christa McAuliffe and Laurelglen Elementary schools were put on lock down for a short time due to the search of the neighborhood. The residence in the 9500 block of Bracken Oak Way was confirmed to have been burglarized.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Detective John Talbot at (661) 326-3919 or Bakersfield Police at (661) 327-7111.
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