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Suspects caught in rash of residential burglaries

Sixteen homes burglarized recently; other suspects still at large

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Posted: Monday, July 23, 2012 3:57 pm | Updated: 2:57 pm, Thu Jan 3, 2013.

Update: Another suspect turns himself in to police Monday night in connection with string of home burglaries.

After what Morgan Hill Police describe as aggressive police work, three suspects have been arrested for conspiracy and burglary in a rash of residential burglaries this summer.

The arrests come less than a week after MHPD advised the public of an uptick in the amount of home burglaries recently. Sixteen homes have been burglarized between June 1 and July 23.

Much of the stolen property has been or will be returned to the victims of the burglaries, according to MHPD.

Three suspects - Sean Wright, 19, and Anegekuh Fonjah, 19, and another male juvenile - appear to have been working together on at least five home burglaries.

“We believe they were the burglary ring associated with several of these burglaries this summer,” MHPD Sgt. Shane Palsgrove said Tuesday.

Based on information MHPD had, the suspects’ car was identified and  they were pulled over on Main Street and Hale Avenue by one of MHPD’s newest officers Kathleen Price around 2 p.m. July 17. Inside their vehicle was stolen property: electronic equipment such as TVs, laptops and Play Stations and jewelry. Palsgrove said no weapons were stolen during the string of at least five burglaries that Wright, Fonjah and the juvenile are tied to.

Neither men have been arrested for burglary in the past. Wright has never been arrested and Fonjah has a petty theft arrest out of Arizona.

Most of the home burglaries that involved suspects Wright, Fonjah and a juvenile were concentrated between Llagas Avenue and East Main Avenue and occurred at single family homes, not apartments. Here's a list of the streets where the break-ins occurred: Oak Grove Drive, Adair Court, Villa Navona, Via Vivaldi and Cabernet Circle.

Two other suspects have been identified in at least one residential burglary in the area of Woodland Estates on West Middle Avenue around 12:40 p.m. July 22. The two cases do not appear to be related, Palsgrove said.

Two officers responded to a burglar alarm in the neighborhood and saw a suspicious blue Ford Taurus unoccupied parked on the side of the road nearby. Neighbors spotted two men running from the area toward the Taurus, which took off. Police used a license plate reader (that was purchased by the Community Law Enforcement Foundation) to capture photos of the car and identified Zachary Knight, 20 of San Jose, as the owner and have named Stephen Maciel 21 of San Jose, as his accomplice.

Knight turned himself in Monday night to Morgan Hill police. His accomplice Maciel remains at large as of Tuesday afternoon.

When asked if it's common to see people from out of town arrested for burglaries, Palsgrove gave a resounding "absolutely."

“Oh yeah, we get hit all the time. People come from Watsonville, San Jose, Gilroy, Oakland even. They stop by and go and shopping at other people’s houses,” Palsgrove said.

He said police believe Knight and Maciel may be responsible for other home burglaries recently. It's possible a third suspect or group of suspects - unrelated to these two groups - are responsible for the remainder of the break-ins.

Morgan Hill Police encourage the community to continue to call the police when and if they see suspicious people in their neighborhoods and to secure their property when left unattended.

MHPD’s Crime Analyst Margarita Balagso and property crimes Detective Scott Martin provided officers with information on trends, patterns and evident surrounding each burglary. Price used the information to identify the suspects who have been tied to at least four burglaries.

Detectives were able to recover stolen property from search warrants served at their Morgan Hill residences. Detectives are still sorting through the stolen property and comparing it with other unsolved burglaries.

Anyone with information regarding the burglaries or believe they may also be a victim, please call the Morgan Hill Police Department Detective Scott Martin at 779-2101 or the anonymous tip line at 947-STOP (7867).

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  • jbiebs posted at 4:14 pm on Mon, Jul 30, 2012.

    jbiebs Posts: 1

    my house got broken into a few years ago when i went to go meet up with the kid to hangout with him he broke in stole my ps3 traded it into gamestop within 30 minutes of me leaving my house and i live a good 15 minutes from the nearest store so he must have watched me leave. these people can get creepy, and f***** up. luckily i knew who it was called the cops and got one of them off the streets. otherwise for one of these kids i use to buy weed off one of them... sure they sold worse but i bet they'll be just serving prison time now, how long is it for breaking and entering with good time and overcrowding? 20 days?

  • Rcc posted at 9:17 am on Sun, Jul 29, 2012.

    Rcc Posts: 1

    Wright worked for us during the time our business had been robbed twice!

  • bsrodriguez posted at 9:03 pm on Fri, Jul 27, 2012.

    bsrodriguez Posts: 1

    Very sad situation. Don't be so fast to blame parents. After some one reaches 18, the parents cannot control
    who the kid associates with. A lot of good kids, with good parents, turn stupid when given the freedom of adulthood.These boys had no priors and now they have ruined their lives as well as that of their parents and family. While I abhor what they did, and feel terrible for their victims, no one wins here.

  • WilliamYancey posted at 4:07 pm on Wed, Jul 25, 2012.

    WilliamYancey Posts: 390

    Just like in the movies. That's what reality is for you. What you see on T.V.

  • hypocrisyhater posted at 1:48 pm on Wed, Jul 25, 2012.

    hypocrisyhater Posts: 234

    Well, we will see how it works if one of these punks tries getting into my house.

    I predict their life won't work anymore, at all.

  • WilliamYancey posted at 1:19 pm on Wed, Jul 25, 2012.

    WilliamYancey Posts: 390

    Yeah, it'd play out just like those Charles Bronson and Chuck Norris movies. That's how life works.

  • hypocrisyhater posted at 12:30 pm on Wed, Jul 25, 2012.

    hypocrisyhater Posts: 234

    If they had tried breaking and entering into my house, they wouldn't have to worry about finding a job, as they would have steady work, pushing up daisies.

  • n2scrapping posted at 6:56 am on Wed, Jul 25, 2012.

    n2scrapping Posts: 2

    Happy these jerks were caught! Our home was just robbed and our white 4x4 truck stolen this past Monday! Seriously get a job and pay your own way through life...thugs!

  • Cristy posted at 10:04 pm on Tue, Jul 24, 2012.

    Cristy Posts: 1

    So glad they were caught, since my house was the one bugluraized! Great work MHPD!

  • 34DEFENSE posted at 7:52 pm on Tue, Jul 24, 2012.

    34DEFENSE Posts: 3

    The bigger problem is kids get hooked on drugs and resort to crime to support their habits. Regardless of their family (which i agree is very influential) when they turn 18 the world does not feel bad anymore. As an educator it's amazing how new drugs of are made readily available and parents have no clue until it's to late. Bath Salts(mephedrone), synthetic weed, GHB are just a few.

  • Gettin goog posted at 12:02 pm on Tue, Jul 24, 2012.

    Gettin goog Posts: 50

    Yes, I'm with Marz. Get these guys off the streets. 2 down, many to go..

  • Marz posted at 9:26 am on Tue, Jul 24, 2012.

    Marz Posts: 2

    Great job MHPD. Thank you!

  • ct3 posted at 11:28 pm on Mon, Jul 23, 2012.

    ct3 Posts: 12

    "Two officers responded to a burglar alarm in the neighborhood"
    they actually still respond to those?

    either they've lied in the past about treatment alarms receive, which with cops is VERY likely (never trust a cop's word, apperntly even when its in writing).
    or they actually have at least one functional brain throughout the entire deptartment......

    san martinmom and her comments about getting a job and EARNING a HONEST day's pay, i just started a new job. only took my less then a week and less then a dozen places to find one that was hiring and interested in hiring me.
    one bit of advice for those who are looking, try calling them a few days later. if they havent already picked somebody else, they are still looking for someone.....
    take the initative and set yourself apart from the dozens or hundreds of others who have applied there.

    i didnt catch her name, but if kathleen was driving a white unmarked cop car last thursday afternoon, i had thatr thing spotted as a cop car just by her driving well before i saw her walking around in a black tshirt with "police" written on the back.
    not knocking your performance from what i've seen of it so far, but i spotted her as a cop by HOW she was driving. accelrating hard, speeding and tailgating. a little leading by example, even in an obvious unmakred cop car, goes a long way.

    didnt get a good look at the driver, but i also had a hunch on the green ford sedan well before it turned on the lights cause i was only go the speed limit and it wasnt safe to pass without getting me to pull off to the side 1st......

  • WilliamYancey posted at 9:53 pm on Mon, Jul 23, 2012.

    WilliamYancey Posts: 390

    My point was totally lost on you, wasn't it? Figures.

  • SanMartinMom posted at 9:30 pm on Mon, Jul 23, 2012.

    SanMartinMom Posts: 18

    Thank you, WilliamYancey, for confirming that it all goes back to the parents.

  • WilliamYancey posted at 8:41 pm on Mon, Jul 23, 2012.

    WilliamYancey Posts: 390

    Yes, and they receive far more applications than they have positions available. All the hard work and drive and determination doesn't mean much if the jobs simply aren't there. Even among professionals, there are 3 applicants for every open position. The number is higher in service sector jobs. And yes, it has quite a lot to do with luck, starting with being lucky enough to be born to parents who raised them right, gave them the tools they needed to succeed, and encouraged them in their endeavors. Quite a few kids aren't so fortunate to be born to parents like you.

  • SanMartinMom posted at 8:10 pm on Mon, Jul 23, 2012.

    SanMartinMom Posts: 18

    BTW...luck had nothing to do with it!

  • SanMartinMom posted at 8:09 pm on Mon, Jul 23, 2012.

    SanMartinMom Posts: 18

    Sorry, but McDonald's, Jack in the Box, JoAnn Fabrics, and many other local businesses are all hiring - sometimes kids want jobs that they don't have to actually do any work to get a paycheck - discipline and teaching them responsibility and the value of hard work is essential in raising a kid that gets along in society today - it all goes back to the parents. I'm proud to say that so far, my kids are respectful, honest and hard working. They do this for themselves thanks to the "village" that helped steer them in the right direction - keep them busy and involved and they will turn out ok.

  • WilliamYancey posted at 7:23 pm on Mon, Jul 23, 2012.

    WilliamYancey Posts: 390

    Your kids are very lucky, then. I know plenty of high school and recent high school graduates who simply can't find any work whatsoever, even part-time, menial jobs. These are all smart, determined kids, who are willing and eager to work hard and do well for themselves, but the opportunities just aren't there right now. And I'm alarmed by how many of them are beginning to succumb to despair and cynicism over it.

  • SanMartinMom posted at 6:51 pm on Mon, Jul 23, 2012.

    SanMartinMom Posts: 18

    @ WilliamYancey - maybe if they had better attitudes and were motivated to do well in society, they could get jobs - my kids all have one - they work hard to be upstanding citizens - if you want something badly enough, it is attainable - persistence and dedication for an honorable cause are things thugs like these need to learn quickly or their lives will never amount to anything.

  • WilliamYancey posted at 6:34 pm on Mon, Jul 23, 2012.

    WilliamYancey Posts: 390

    Jobs would be ideal, but being that young adults are now facing the highest unemployment rate since the Depression, that might not work terribly well. Some sort of summer programs would be best.

  • SanMartinMom posted at 6:21 pm on Mon, Jul 23, 2012.

    SanMartinMom Posts: 18

    Just as we all said in comments on the first article - kids - they need direction from their parents - get a summer job - what an ideal way to earn something - bunch of lazy a$$e$ stealing stuff instead of working hard for it like their victims and the rest of us!

  • fu posted at 6:11 pm on Mon, Jul 23, 2012.

    fu Posts: 5

    haha dumbasses got caught! Good job Kathleen

  • rpayne posted at 5:37 pm on Mon, Jul 23, 2012.

    rpayne Posts: 2