ESCONDIDO–Investigators arrested a man in connection with a series of forced entry break-ins at several residences in North County.
Escondido police officers arrested 50-year-old Joe Colin Crowder, Jr., on October 17 for similar crimes that occurred in Carlsbad, Escondido, and Valley Center.
Crowder is in custody at the Vista Detention Facility with a $500,000 bail. His first court appearance will be on October 28.
On October 16, at about 5:15 a.m., an unknown suspect forced entry through a rear sliding glass door of a residence located in the 2400 block of Links Way in Vista. The residents were asleep in an upstairs bedroom at the time of the burglary. After ransacking in the residence for almost 45 minutes, the suspect was eventually confronted by the residents in the kitchen area after they heard someone rummaging through the house.
As the residents were calling 911, the suspect went into the garage of the residence and stole their vehicle to flee the area. The keys to the car were obtained from the kitchen counter of the residence during the burglary. The residence was equipped with a high definition video surveillance system which recorded the suspect’s actions while inside the residence.