On Friday, January 18th, an elderly couple returned to their Canyon Country home to discover two burglars in their home. As the couple notified the authorities, the suspects fled on foot. Once deputies arrived, they set up a containment area for about 5 hours. Unfortunately, the suspects were unable to be found during that time.
During the period in which the containment area was set up, several people in the vicinity witnessed the suspects as they fled through yards, but none had any direct contact with them. The suspects are described as two males, 18-25, with one wearing dark clothing and the other wearing white or grey clothing. Detectives are asking anyone with information to call the Santa Clarita Sheriff Station at 661-799-2318.
Burglary is covered under California Penal Code 459 PC and is described as entering any residence or commercial building or room with the intent to commit a felony or theft once inside. It’s divided into two charges: first-degree burglary and second-degree burglary. First-degree burglary involves a suspect breaking into any home or residence and is the more serious of the two, while second-degree burglary involves any other type of structure.
First-degree burglary is always charged as a felony and the possible penalties include formal probation, 2 to 6 years in California state prison, and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Second-degree burglary is a “wobbler” that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances of the case and the suspect’s prior criminal history. For felony convictions, the possible penalties include formal probation, 16 months to 3 years in county jail, and/or a fine of up to $10,000. For misdemeanor convictions, the penalties include misdemeanor probation, up to 1 year in county jail, and/or a fine of up to $1,000.