Penryn residents circulate burglary warning letter

Sheriff?s Office confirms one burglary, one attempted break-in
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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Residents in Penryn sent out a letter warning neighbors about a string of burglaries that have allegedly occurred over the past two weeks in the rural area. Dena Erwin, spokesperson for the Placer County Sheriff?s Office, was able to confirm two of the incidents Tuesday afternoon. She said unknown suspects allegedly broke into a home on the 5900 block of Colwell Drive in Penryn, sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on July 12. The burglars took a digital camera, fire safe and laptop. In another incident on July 13, a resident reported that their rear sliding glass door was damaged, but entry was not made and nothing was taken. The letter circulated to neighbors describes a total of five incidents, including one in which a family was sleeping and burglars broke in around midnight. Erwin said there were no reports available Tuesday which confirmed that incident, but more information might be available Wednesday. In a separate incident from those confirmed by Erwin, Ron Martinez said he observed one man leaving his neighbor?s home with a safe in a white minivan. ?I just happened to come home and noticed an unusual car parked in the road. As I walked back I saw the guy come out of the house carrying what looked a giant box,? Martinez said. ?I started dialing 911 and they hauled down the road.? Erwin said there were no reports available as of Tuesday evening which confirmed the incident. The resident of the home, who circulated the letter to neighbors, said a safe, jewelry, jewelry boxes and toiletries were taken from her home. The Journal is awaiting additional information and will report back on the story Wednesday online and in print Thursday. Reach Sara Seyydin at, or follow her on Twitter @AJ_News.