Burglars hit two occupied homes

One suspect confronted by resident; others robbed while asleep
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Two residential burglaries in the past week have Rocklin Police on high alert. Tammy Sue Oconner, an Auburn transient, was arrested around 8:35 a.m. on Thursday on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property, theft, vandalism and possession of a hypodermic syringe, reported Rocklin Police Lt. Jamie Knox. According to Lt. Knox, a resident in the 2400 block of South Whitney called 9-1-1 to report she had returned home to find an unknown woman climbing through a broken bedroom window. She yelled at the woman, but the burglar ignored her, continued climbing through the window and began rummaging through the house. At that point, the resident left the house and called police. When officers arrived, they found the burglar, later identified as Oconner, in a side yard holding large bags filled with items taken from the house. Officers also found property, including cash and a cell phone, stolen from another residence. Oconner was booked into the Placer County Jail. Sometime between 12:30 and 9 a.m. on Dec. 12, unknown suspect(s) entered a residence in the 5200 block of Water Lily Lane and took items while the residents slept. According to Rocklin Police Lt. Terry Roide, this is the second “cat burglary,” or burglary of an occupied dwelling, in this area since late November. The burglars apparently entered the home by removing a screen and opening a window at the rear of the house. Lt. Roide believes the suspect may have entered the backyard by climbing over the back fence. Anyone with information about this incident or who may have seen suspicious persons or vehicles in the area is asked to call the Rocklin Police Department at (916) 625-5400. “This investigation is considered high priority and is ongoing,” he said. Residents are also reminded to lock and secure all accessible doors and windows in the residence. “Call 9-1-1 if you ever think an unauthorized person is inside your house,” said Lt. Roide. “Our officers will respond and conduct a thorough check. We are happy to respond and check, even if it turns out to be nothing.” ~ Staff report