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Palmdale burglary suspects asked wrong man for help

November 9, 2011 |  7:08 pm

Palmdale burglary case
Two suspected burglars were arrested in Palmdale after they asked a man to help them free their moving truck, which was stuck in dirt next to his home.

The man, who was walking his dog, noticed a hole had been cut in his fence. Then he noticed that the back of the U-Haul truck was allegedly loaded with property from his home that included tools and sports memorabilia, authorities said.

"The victim quickly returned to his home, notified authorities, and began taking photos of the suspects throwing some of his belongings out of the truck and into the bushes," the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement Wednesday evening.

Deputies responded to the 2200 block of West Avenue N-8 and arrested Joseph Rakisits, 29, and William Gallardo, 32, on suspicion of burglary, grand theft and receiving stolen property.

Gallardo was being held on $50,000 bail, while Rakisits was being held on $200,000 bail because of an outstanding arrest warrant stemming from a drunk driving case, the department said. Both men are Tehachapi residents.

The men told investigators they became stuck while looking for a friend's home and that the property was from an estate sale in Orange County, authorities said.


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Photos: Moving truck and items allegedly taken from home

Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department