The Murrieta Police Department is warning residents about a recent string of burglaries involving suspects turning off power to homes to see if anyone is inside.
Police have received several calls about residential burglaries targeting firearms, with the suspects accessing an outdoor breaker box and shutting off power. If nobody comes out to investigate, the burglars break into the home and steal valuables, especially firearms, as they ransack the residence.
The police department is reminding gun owners to keep their firearms well secured.
The investigation into these incidents is ongoing. Anyone with any information regarding these crimes should contact the on-duty watch commander at (951)-696-3615. You can also provide information anonymously through We Tip at 1-800-78-Crime.