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Loma Linda transient suspected of attempting to break into 2 homes

By in Press Enterprise on November 7, 2017

By Sarah Batcha

A Loma Linda transient is suspected of attempting to break into two homes and officials believe he may have been involved in other incidents, according to a San Bernardino sheriff’s news release.

Michael Arthur Ray Monroe, 36, was taken into custody on Oct. 30 after he reportedly attempted to break into two homes in the 11800 block of Beverly Court despite noticing one of the residents inside the house, the release said.

Loma Linda sheriff’s deputies responded to the call of a man knocking on the door of an elderly person’s home a little before 10 a.m. Once there, deputies learned that the man, later identified as Monroe, had attempted to open the victim’s front door and when that failed, came through the backyard and tried the rear door despite seeing the resident inside the home. He also reportedly tried to get into the backdoor of a second home on the property, according to the release.

The resident was able to take a photo of Monroe and call 911, which deputies believe scared Monroe away from the area. He was later found by deputies at 5 p.m. in the area of Mt. View Avenue and Van Leuven Street wearing the same clothing he was photographed in, the release said.

Monroe was arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary and booked into the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino where he remains in custody in lieu of bail, according to jail records. He’s expected to appear at San Bernardino Superior Court on Thursday, Nov. 9, records show.

Deputies believe Monroe may be a suspect in other incidents, according to the release, and ask anyone who may have further information to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 909-387-8319 or 909-387-3545. Anonymous tips can also be left at 1-800-78-27463 or www.WeTip.com.

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