CARSON (KTLA) -- Two burglary suspects were arrested after deputies caught them stealing from a home that was being fumigated, officials said Saturday.
Deputies were on patrol just after midnight Thursday when they spotted a car driving circling past a tented home in the 19000 block of Dunbrooke Avenue.
According to sheriff's officials, the deputies kept their eye on the suspects as they parked, looked around and drove away before returning and hopping a fence.
Deputies surrounded the residence, arresting one of the suspects. A second suspect fled from the scene but was later apprehended.
After the arrest, investigators found the tent had been partially removed, revealing an open bedroom window.
Both men, Kameron Howard, 21, of Compton, who is on parole for burglary, and Johnny Newman, 23, of Encino, were booked and face burglary charges.
Police in the South Bay are on alert after a series of burglaries involving homes that are being fumigated dating back to July 2011 in cities including San Pedro, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, Wilmington, Gardena, Hawthorne and Torrance.
In most of the cases, the burglars cut holes in the tents and make their way into the homes by prying open windows or doors, stealing small items like jewelry, laptops, televisions and money.
Residents are being warned to remove any valuables and asking neighbors to keep an eye out during the fumigation process.
Home Fumigation Burglary Suspects Caught in the Act
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