Authorities with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept., Fallbrook substation, have arrested a man they believe is responsible for breaking in to a dozen businesses recently in Fallbrook.
On Monday night, March 3, at about 10:45 p.m., the Sheriff’s Dept. received a call from the owner of Joe’s Hardware store in the 600 block of South Main Ave. in Fallbrook, who reported a suspicious person was inside the gated compound of his business.
“Fallbrook deputies set up a perimeter,” explained Sgt. Patrick Yates, which resulted in the capture of Oscar Duran Ordonez, 26.
“Ordonez was found inside the gated exterior of the business,” said Yates. “Ordonez matched the description of a suspect believed to have been involved in over 12 other commercial burglaries in the Fallbrook area.”
Yates said the string of burglaries had all occurred at night or in the early morning hours.
“In many of the burglaries, it was determined that nothing had been taken; however, in those burglaries where there was a loss, cash was stolen,” said Yates. “Despite an aggressive investigation, where lots of evidence had been collected, the identity of a suspect could not be established.”
When Ordonez was taken into custody, he was found to be in possession of clothing that directly linked him to several of the other burglaries.
“Ordonez was not a suspect prior to his arrest,” said Yates. “He was new to Fallbrook and had no prior arrests.”
Ordonez was booked into the Vista Jail on one count of attempted burglary and 11 counts of commercial burglary. His bail was set at $300,000.