Home burglars surprise woman
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Oct 11, 2012 | 3483 views | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A woman was allegedly tied up as two men burglarized her home on the 2100 block of David Ernest Court Thursday, Oct. 11.

According to Tracy Police Lt. Mark Duxbury, the men, possibly armed with handguns, entered the house before 12:30 p.m. and surprised the woman inside.

Duxbury said the men bound the woman and burglarized her house, while the woman’s toddler daughter was sleeping in one of the bedrooms.

“We don’t know the extent of what was taken,” Duxbury said. “We’re doing a neighborhood canvas looking for witnesses.”

Duxbury said officers were having difficulty with their initial investigation because the victim was speaking a language unknown to officers.

“There was a significant time delay from the time it occurred and the time she got a hold of the police department,” Duxbury said. “Know it was a theft, don’t know how entry was made until the interview (with the victim) is completed.”

The victim had reportedly called someone and that person called police around 1:24 p.m.

The two gunmen are described by police as adult males wearing masks or hoods to conceal their identities, but little else was known.

As officers went door-to-door to interview neighbors, residents standing outside their homes expressed surprise over what had occurred in their seemingly quiet residential court.

“We were home, but we heard nothing,” said neighbor Enrique Guzman. “I’m surprised. It’s usually a very safe neighborhood.”

A resident living near the victim’s house, who asked to remain anonymous, said he was asleep inside his house when it happened.

“Someone banged on my door,” he said, referring to officers going door-to-door. “I was upstairs sleeping. I’m not happy it’s in my neighborhood; pretty quiet neighborhood. The biggest thing we ever had here before was when (former San Francisco 49er) Keena Turner was here because someone threw something at his car.”

Investigators were still interviewing the victim by press time at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Anyone with information should contact The Tracy Crime Stoppers tip line at 831-4847 or by calling Investigator Jim Harries at 831-6628.

“Hopefully we’ll get some tips over the weekend,” said Tracy police Sgt. Luis Mejia, who oversees the detective division.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

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October 12, 2012
It was worth reading for this odd comment: The biggest thing we ever had here before was when (former San Francisco 49er) Keena Turner was here because someone threw something at his car.”

Would like to hear more on this story....

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