BURGLARY RING SUSPECTS TRACKED TO MOTEL ROOM : CELL PHONES, COMPUTERS FOUND.Byline: Bhavna Mistry Daily News Staff Writer
Sheriff's deputies said Friday that they had broken a major burglary burglary, at common law, the breaking and entering of a dwelling house of another at night with the intent to commit a felony, whether the intent is carried out or not. ring which targeted vehicles parked at motels Motels may refer to any of the following:
As of Friday afternoon, sheriff's officials had detained de·tain
tr.v. de·tained, de·tain·ing, de·tains
1. To keep from proceeding; delay or retard.
2. To keep in custody or temporary confinement: eight people and were expected to pick up five more after finding a motel room full of stolen merchandise.
``It appears these items were taken from numerous burglaries,'' said Sgt. Donald Downton. ``There (was) a whole lot of stuff here.''
Officials said that members of the ring had broken into 10 cars parked at the Holiday Inn in Palmdale on Wednesday night, hit an additional four Thursday night and are suspected of committing additional burglaries.
Found in a room at the nearby Motel 6, which the suspects had been renting for five days, were dozens of cellular phones, a computer, stereos, guitars, pencil sharpeners Noun 1. pencil sharpener - a rotary implement for sharpening the point on pencils
sharpener - any implement that is used to make something (an edge or a point) sharper; "a knife sharpener"
pencil sharpener n , computer programs, books, briefcases and other items, officials said.
Officials believe the ring may have been cloning cloning: see clone.
To make a product that functions like another. See clone. See also cloning software. cellular phones and selling items at local pawn shops a shop where a pawnbroker does business.
See also: Pawn .
Sheriff's deputies also found a gun that had been stolen in an earlier burglary.
The investigation didn't come as a surprise to the Motel 6 manager, who had become suspicious of the renters' actions.
``I was getting ready to kick them out,'' said June Everhart, manager. ``They were getting so many phone calls and different people had been coming and going.''
Everhart said she did not see anyone bring any of the merchandise into the rooms.
Deputy Steve Gutierrez said he was led Friday to a home in Palmdale during his investigation of the auto burglaries.
``While talking to Noun 1. talking to - a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"
rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval - an act or expression of criticism and censure; "he had to some residents at the home I spotted some of the stolen merchandise,'' said Gutierrez.
Later that day, another person arrived at the home and led deputies to a room at the Palmdale Motel 6, where additional suspects and merchandise were discovered.
``It just happened to be that everyone decided to come say hello when we did,'' said Downton. ``We were able to catch them as they showed up.''
Those arrested are expected to be charged on suspicion of burglary and receiving stolen property, officials said.
``We have more than 20 victims, and who knows how many more there are,'' Gutierrez said.