NEWS, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042, JHallock@ocsd.org/Emily Osterberg, 714.647.1840, EOsterberg@ocsd.org
Suspects Posing as Housekeepers Arrested for Residential Burglary
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. – (September 16, 2014) – On Monday, September 15, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested Sandra Elizabeth Rojas, 36, Riverside and Marie Alejandra Rojas, 38, Riverside, in connection with several residential burglaries in the south Orange County area. The suspects are related by marriage.
Over the last year, Sheriff’s investigators have been investigating several cases that include thefts of cash and jewelry from residences. As information and evidence was obtained, investigators determined the suspects were posing as housekeepers as a means of committing the burglaries without forcing entry into the residences. In the event the suspects were contacted by homeowners, they would pose as a legitimate cleaning crew.
Following the arrest of Sandra and Marie, investigators executed a search warrant at a residence in the city of Riverside. Additional evidence and information was obtained that connected them to several residential burglaries in the south Orange County area. Investigators are currently working with other law enforcement agencies to connect them to any other outstanding cases. Based on the preliminary follow-up investigation, there is a belief that there may be additional victims.
The investigation is ongoing; however, investigators are planning a property display as a means of identifying additional victims and returning stolen property to the rightful owners. Additional information regarding the property display will be provided in the next several weeks.
Anyone with additional information or believed to be a victim is asked to call the County Sheriff’s Department (949) 425-1901. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at occrimestoppers.org.
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