One burglary suspect detained, another sought, in Saugus

Deputies hold a debriefing at the intersection of Nicholas Circle and Tamara Place following a search for a burlgary suspect in the area. Austin Dave/The Signal

One person was detained and another still being sought following a two-hour search for suspected burglars in a Saugus neighborhood Wednesday morning.

Shortly after 9:15 a.m., deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to reports of two prowlers spotted near a home on Tamara Place at Nicholas Circle, north of Plum Canyon Road, off of Rodgers Drive.

Deputies set up a containment area around the home, positioning patrol cars at intersections near it and barring access by motorists to some of the suburban streets.

“We have one burglary suspect detained and we are continuing our investigation,” Sgt. Mark Caron said shortly after 11:15 a.m., when deputies broke down the perimeter they had set up.

Many of the motorists stopped at the roadblocks and homeowners inconvenienced by the police activity heaped praise on the responding deputies.

“I’m not concerned — look at the response,” said resident Justin, who declined to provide his last name, pointing to a cluster of more than a dozen deputies, some toting long-barrel firearms.

Frank Butterworth, who lives in the area, said he wasn’t fazed by news of the break-in.

“I spoke to the deputy,” he said. “There were two guys who possibly broke into a home.

“But, this type of thing is rare up here,” he said. “It’s the first time I’ve seen it happen.”

A stone’s throw from the roadblock on Rodgers Drive was a resident all too familiar with break-ins.

“We had a break-in four years ago,” said the homeowner who did not want to give his name. “It cost me $300 to fix the window.

“They caught the guy,” he said, about deputies, describing them as “doing a good job.”

“In my case, the break-in was between 2 and 3 in the morning — they caught the guy at 7 a.m.”

Three of the six homeowners interviewed on the streets near the containment area said they worked in law enforcement.

“I just got off work,” said Brandon, adding he was in law enforcement and expressed the same degree of confidence in the work carried out by deputies searching the area.

About the safety of his own home, he said:  “I have three German shepherds and two mean dachshunds..

“The dogs would have fun if we had a break-in.”

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