Four arrested for two separate residential burglaries


A citizen in the Vista neighborhood informed police at 1:45 Thursday about a possible residential burglary in the unit block of El Camino Real, Lt. Herman Robinson said.

A Hispanic man was seen running from the home with a pillowcase and was driven away in a newer model Toyota Corolla driven by a white man, Robinson said.

The witness gave police the vehicle's license plate number, and a patrol officer stopped the vehicle several blocks away in the parking lot of the Department of Motor Vehicles office at 200 Couch St., Robinson said.

Police found a pillowcase inside the vehicle that contained women's jewelry and an iPod taken from the home, Robinson said.

Benicia residents Samuel A. Ketron, 22, and Jonathan P. Duff, 22, were identified as the suspects and were booked in the Solano County jail on burglary and possession of stolen property charges.

Police arrested Vallejo residents Michael Thornton, 26, and Staci Blanton, 40, after they were seen leaving a residential burglary in the 1700 block of Illinois Street around 6 a.m. today, Robinson said.

Thornton and Blanton were seen discarding stolen items before they were contacted by police, Robinson said.

Officers located the suspects' vehicle, a gold GMC sport utility vehicle, and an unlocked vehicle parked in the area that contained the power tools taken from the victim's home, Robinson said.

Police also found stolen mail and checks in a binder inside one of the two vehicles, Robinson said.

Thornton and Blanton were booked in the county jail for burglary and possession of stolen property.

Robinson said he did not know what was taken during today's burglary.

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