Three men, teen arrested for Santa Rosa burglary

January 4, 2011 8:46:59 AM PST
Three men and a 16-year-old boy were arrested in connection with a residential burglary in Santa Rosa on Monday morning, police said.

Numerous residents called police around 11 a.m. to report several suspicious looking men who appeared to be casing homes near the 4100 block of Siskiyou Avenue.

Officers were searching the area when a 14-year-old girl called 911 from the nearby 4700 block of Carissa Avenue to report that a group of men had jumped a backyard fence, broken a rear glass door, and were entering her home.

Undetected by the intruders, the girl fled to her neighbor's house for help.

Additional officers were dispatched to the area, and police located 18-year-old Santa Rosa resident Rafael Gonzalez Espinoza, who tried to conceal himself in a nearby car by hiding under some clothes, according to police.

Alejandro Alvarez, 18, of Santa Rosa, was also picked up by police as he attempted to walk away from the neighborhood, police said.

Police determined that Espinoza and Alvarez were associated with the prowling and burglary and that two other suspects were involved.

By 6 p.m., detectives had tracked down Salvador Calderon, 19, and a 16-year-old boy, both of Santa Rosa. Calderon and the boy were arrested for burglary, police said.

Espinoza, Alvarez, and Calderon were all booked into Sonoma County Jail for felony residential burglary. The juvenile male was booked into the Sonoma County Juvenile Justice Center for felony residential burglary.

The stolen property - mostly jewelry and small electronics - was recovered after it was discarded near the victim's home.