Masked men caught on video trying to burglarize high-end home

Masked men caught on video trying to burglarize high-end home

FRESNO, Calif. - Two men wearing ski masks were captured on video creeping through a backyard in north Fresno near San Joaquin Country Club. 

"I was spooked by it, it was just creepy," said homeowner, Robyn Nelson.

Nelson and her husband were in their bedroom April 25, when their dogs started barking. Nelson said her husband got up to check things out, and saw a flashlight shining into their window. Nelson's husband went outside and the men were scared off. The couple later realized the men tried to pry open their door.

"I didn't even want to sleep here the next few nights," said Nelson.

Nelson said there's hardly any crime in their neighborhood off North Valentine Avenue. They have a gate surrounding their high-end home.

On Tuesday, sheriff's detectives were investigating in the area.  Sheriff's spokesman, Tony Botti said the masked men were prepared and even appeared to have had radios to communicate.

"They thought this thing out," said Botti. "It was premeditated on their part that they were going to go in there with the intent of breaking in or taking something."

Just two miles away on West Beechwood, a homeowner said a similar incident happened nine days earlier. She said an intruder left behind a ski mask after he smashed in her bedroom sliding glass door, and was scared off. "He could've killed me, raped me, tied me up, anything could've happened," she said. "I was just scared to death."

Botti said the sheriff's office is looking into whether the two incidents are connected. Both women said they have improved security around their homes.

"All I can say is, I think everyone has to amp up their security. I really do," said Nelson.

The sheriff's office is asking neighbors in the area of San Joaquin Country Club to check their surveillance footage for April 25th around 9:30 p.m. to see if there are any suspicious cars or people. 

Anyone with information should call the Fresno County Sheriff's Office or Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP. 

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