HESPERIA • Two Hesperia felons — believed to be responsible for another recent burglary — are in jail after a resident hopped out of the shower and confronted them as they were trying to break into his home, San Bernardino County Sheriff's officials said Tuesday.
The victim, who lives in the 10200 block of Locust Avenue, was showering around 11 a.m. Thursday when he heard several loud bangs, according to a release from the Sheriff's Hesperia station.
As he went to investigate, the man found his front door had been kicked in. However, the crooks couldn't get inside because the resident had a locked chain at the top of the door.
The resident confronted two men standing outside, who told him they were at the wrong house and sped off in a black Audi. The victim got a partial license plate number and called 911.
After an investigation, authorities learned a similar incident had taken place two days before just a few houses over. In that case, officials said the burglars had also kicked in the door and had stolen a number of items.
While on patrol in the area of Cottonwood Avenue and Lilac Street, members of the Hesperia SMASH team saw a man matching a description of one of the suspects. Officers stopped Steven Fragoso as he pulled out of his driveway, and he was later arrested for attempted burglary.
Fragoso, 36, was found to be on felony probation and was allegedly transporting drugs when he was arrested, according to San Bernardino County records. He's being held at the Adelanto Detention Center on $75,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, with an extensive criminal record including a prior burglary in 2007, drug charges, petty theft and driving under the influence.
Louis Morgan, 27, was also arrested for the attempted break-in. Morgan was booked on charges of burglary, possession of a controlled substance, violating his probation, driving without a license and not registering his vehicle. He's being held at Adelanto Detention Center on $137,500 bail, with 16 prior criminal offenses in this county including drug possession and being a felon in possession of a firearm.