At about 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 3, a helicopter circled above Freda Lane in Cardiff. The cars of three sheriff's deputies blocked the north side of Freda Lane; half a dozen more official vehicles were lined up on both sides of Birmingham Drive. A number of residents milled around on adjacent sidewalks — about half of them were in their pajamas.
Some of the onlookers said there has been a series of daytime burglaries in the neighborhood. It’s been theorized that in each case the thieves have waited for people to leave their homes before entering to ransack. One onlooker recalled leaving his house one day to go to Trader Joe's and returning 15 minutes later to find his valuables gone.
At the burglarized residence on March 3, the alarm had gone off, which prompted the arrival of police, who suspected someone was still in the house. The helicopter blared, "We have the house surrounded. Come out with your hands up.”
No arrests were made. The suspect vehicle was described as "a big black SUV with desert lights on top.”