Three men were arrested in connection with a home burglary in Garden Grove that was videotaped by a sheriff’s helicopter, authorities said Thursday.
Cartier Quemoyreelus Anderson, 20, Deepre Lamar Williams, 19, and Patreall Daijon Williams, 18, are members of “a very prolific residential burglary crew that is most likely responsible for many more” similar crimes in Los Angeles and Orange counties, according to a news release from the Garden Grove police department.
Officers responded at 8:30 p.m. Monday to a report of “a suspicious vehicle and subjects” in the area of Diamond Street and Santa Catalina Avenue (map), less than a mile south of the Cypress Plaza Shopping center, the release said. The officers arrived to find an unoccupied Dodge Durango SUV, which had been reported stolen during a home burglary in Long Beach on June 6.
Residents then directed the officers to a nearby house in the 11800 block of Diamond Street, saying they had seen the suspects enter the backyard of that residence.
An Orange County Sheriff’s Department helicopter, as well as a Cypress police K-9 handler, responded to the scene. While they were en route, the suspects entered the home and began ransacking it, police said.
Once the helicopter arrived, a video camera on board began recording the incident, including footage of the men “exiting the rear sliding-glass door of the residence with a large amount of personal property,” the news release said. “The three suspects realized they were surrounded by officers and started to flee in different directions.”
One was taken into custody when he ran into the position of two officers; another was apprehended after trying to hide behind a large object in a nearby backyard, according to authorities. The third man allegedly tried to hide inside the garage of the home, but was discovered when two officers and the police dog searched the location.
All property removed from the burglarized house was recovered either in the backyard, where the three men dropped it when they realized they were surrounded by authorities, or in the suspects’ pockets at the time of their arrest, the Police Department said.
Anderson, Deepre Williams and Patreall Williams were booked at the Orange County Jail on charges of attempted burglary, burglary and auto theft, online records showed. They are expected to appear in court at the West Justice Center on July 24.