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Two street gang members were arrested Friday on suspicion of burglarizing an unoccupied home on Clay Street, a Fairfield police sergeant said. The woman who lives in the residence in the 1800 lock of Clay Street was not home at the time, but a neighbor called her around 2:50 p.m. Friday afternoon to tell her two strangers were in her backyard, Sgt. Jeff Osgood said.
The woman quickly went home and interrupted two suspects who then fled out a window in the back of the house and ran into a drainage ditch, Osgood said. Police spotted the suspects as they came out of the backyard of another house on Clay Street, but the suspects jumped fences and ran back to the drainage ditch, Osgood said.
One of the suspects was caught in the drainage ditch and the other was apprehended on Sycamore Street near Clay Street, Osgood said. Javier Benitez Sanchez, 18, of Fairfield, and a 16-year-old Suisun boy were arrested, Osgood said.
The suspects stole jewelry, video game consoles, prescription drugs and clothing from the home and spray-painted gang graffiti inside the garage, Osgood said. Sanchez had jewelry and clothing that was taken from the home stuffed in his pocket when he was caught and the juvenile had stolen prescription medication in his pocket, Osgood said.
The video game consoles were found in a creek area near Acacia and Clay streets, Osgood said. Both suspects are gang members and they were booked for burglary, conspiracy, possession of stolen property, possession of narcotics and participating in a criminal street gang, Osgood said.
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