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Benicia Police Department
Friday December 10th, 2010 :: 04:04 p.m. PST


Benicia Police Arrest Burglary Suspect

Excellent crime scene evidence work at a Benicia home burglarized in October turned up fingerprints of a 29 year old Vallejo man who was taken into police custody Friday morning. Benicia police detectives arrested Julian Carothers outside his home on the 100 block of Yorkshire Court in Vallejo about 11 am. Detectives had secured a $65,000 burglary warrant for Carothers after being notified earlier in the week that his fingerprints were found at the crime scene.

On October 4, 2010, a Benicia resident returned home in the early afternoon and found a burglar had broken into the home and stole jewelry and electronic equipment. In addition to officers responding to the scene, Benicia Crime Scene Analyst Laura Williams processed the scene for evidence. Williams was able to locate fingerprints at the scene that were sent to the California Department of Justice crime lab in Sacramento for analysis.

The Department of Justice notified Benicia Detective Gregg Rouse earlier in the week that a match was made to Carothers. Detective Rouse obtained both an arrest warrant for Carothers and a search warrant for his home and vehicle. Carothers was currently out on bail from a Vallejo burglary charge.

Once detectives took Carothers into custody, they seized property from his home and car. Detectives are trying to determine if the items seized by police are stolen.

"Our crime scene investigator is very diligent in collecting evidence," Benicia Police Lt. Mike Daley said. "Our officers and Laura Williams process each crime scene, especially the home burglaries we experience once in a while.

"We've had just a handful of home burglaries over the past few months. Each time we make an arrest in a case like this, we believe future home burglaries are prevented. We are trying to determine if this suspect may be tied to the few we've had over the past couple of months."

Residents are reminded of a few things:

1) Report any suspicious or out of the ordinary activity in your neighborhood immediately. If possible, note descriptions of people and cars; try to get the license plate of any suspicious vehicle.

2) If someone comes to your door and is surprised you answered or asks if a particular person lives there who does not (usually just a first name), report this to the police department right away as the person at the door may be trying to determine if someone was home prior to breaking in.

3) If you do not recognize someone coming or going from a neighbors home, especially during the daytime if they are not home, report this immediately.

For further information on this press release, contact Lt. Mike Daley at (707)590-4259.

Benicia Police Department
200 East L Street
Benicia, CA 94510

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-745-3411

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