Two arrested after deputies intercept alleged burglary-in-progress in Calaveras County
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A burglary-in-progress investigation led to the discovery of weapons and two arrests in Calaveras County, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
On May 1, deputies responded to the 5000 block of Baldwin Street after the homeowner, who was away on vacation, called the Sheriff’s Office to report that their security cameras alerted them to unknown person at the home.
Responding deputies located two individuals — identified as Octavio Hernandez (29) and Julian Espiritu (32), both of Valley Springs. Hernandez allegedly tried to provide a false name at first but, as it turned out, one of the deputies had gone to school with him and knew his real name, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Hernandez was placed under arrest while deputies searched his vehicle and reportedly discovered a semi-automatic rifle, a semi-automatic handgun, and magazines for each. Evidence of burglary was also found on scene, including that entry had been forced into the home, and shoe prints found in the home reportedly matched the shoes Espiritu was wearing.
Deputies were able to get in touch with the homeowners, who were away on vacation and confirmed the two suspects did not have permission to be on the property, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Both individuals were ultimately arrested on charges related to burglary and vandalism, with additional weapons charges for Hernandez, the Sheriff’s Office said.