The man charged with two recent burglaries in Rancho Murieta grew up in the community and lived here for many years, according to Security.
Chief Greg Remson said the suspect who was charged with two counts of felony burglary and a single count each of felony car theft and drug possession has continuing ties to the community, including a girlfriend who lives with her parents and has him on her guest list at the gate. Remson did not name the suspect.
“We cannot refuse entry to a guest under these circumstances,” Remson wrote in an email. “I don’t know if he has other people helping him. I do know that he knows the community very well from living here for all those years.”
The Sacramento Sheriff's Department identified the suspect as Mark Kennedy, 34. He was arraigned on the charges last week after being arrested Feb. 6 in Rancho Cordova, according to Sheriff’s Sgt. Lisa Bowman, spokesperson for the department.
She said Kennedy was arrested while behind the wheel of a Corvette stolen from a garage on Lobo Drive earlier that day. In addition, Rancho Cordova police said Kennedy had a wallet and watches taken from the Lobo home and in the burglary of a home on Via Sereno Drive between Jan. 29 and Feb. 6.
In each case, the homeowner was on vacation.
Bowman said Security provided investigators a video of the stolen car leaving the community.
“Unfortunately Rancho Murieta is not immune to crime,” Remson wrote. “Historically, those committing the crimes either live here or are guests of residents. That is tough to stop. By taking basic crime prevention steps a majority, but not all, of these crimes can be eliminated. The Security Department has been working with the Sheriff's Department on the theft issue.
“Get to know your neighbors. Do not leave property in your vehicle. Park in the garage. Install and use an alarm system. If you think something or someone is not right, call us. Don't think that just because you live in a gated community you won't be a victim of a theft or crime.”
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sacramento Sheriff's Department at 874-4354 or WeTip at 800-78-CRIME (27463). Callers to WeTip can be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward and can remain anonymous.
WeTip can also be contacted online at wetip.com. Information received is provided to the Sacramento Sheriff's Department for follow up.