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Pasadena, San Bernardino men arrested in connection to Simi Valley ‘knock-knock’ burglaries

Three men suspected of “knock-knock” burglaries in the city of Simi Valley were arrested Friday on outstanding warrants several days after Ventura County prosecutors charged them and a fourth man in the case, authorities said.

Several upscale homes located in the Silver Thorn, Wild Horse Canyon and Indian Hills neighborhoods of Simi Valley were burglarized in the summer of 2014, according to a statement by the Simi Valley Police Department. The burglars responsible often made entry by smashing out rear sliding glass doors.

Simi Valley police identified the four suspects in those burglaries as Dajon Rice, 32, of Pasadena, Darieo Hannah, 31, of San Bernardino, Marquis Ross, 29, of Pasadena and Demauria Hannah, 27, of Pasadena.

Subsequent burglaries were later discovered, including an “in-progress crime” in the affluent city of San Marino. Rice was arrested and later convicted in 2015 for that crime. He was subsequently released from prison before he was arrested again on Friday, police said.

Demauria Hannah was also identified as a suspect in other San Marino burglaries in 2015. He was convicted of those burglaries and is currently serving time in state prison. He was among those charged for the Simi Valley burglaries last week.

Rice, Darieo Hannah and Ross were arrested Friday in various locations on suspicion of burglary and participation in a criminal street gang for the Simi Valley burglaries. They were booked in the Ventura County Jail with their bail set at $500,000 each, according to Simi Valley police.

Knock-knock burglars, who tend to operate in small groups, are given the moniker because someone usually knocks on a front door to see if anyone is home before breaking and entering from the side or back. The burglars, who are often criminal street gang members, are known to quickly raid homes for cash, weapons and jewelry.

Simi Valley police Detective Stephen Collett attributed last week’s arrests and the charges to the collaborative efforts of several law enforcement agencies. The police department was assisted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Burglary Robbery Task Force, the Pasadena Police Department and the San Marino Police Department.

It was “everyone involved that was able to follow up and link these guys to these crimes,” he said. “We relied on technology to help us out and the use of surveillance.”

Sharing information between agencies in recent years has allowed knock-knock burglary suspects to be identified with greater ease, he said.

Collett reminded residents to report any suspicious vehicles or individuals in their neighborhoods so that police can determine whether they warrant further investigation.

“We rely heavily on people reporting this stuff; we can’t be everywhere all the time,” he said. “If (residents) are able to grab license plates, vehicle descriptions or surveillance video that people have, that’s always helpful.”

source: daily news

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