A man was arrested last week after Kings County Sheriff’s deputies linked him to at least seven burglaries around the county.
The man, identified as 27-year-old James Cruse of Hanford, was caught after a victim reported that Cruse fled from her home after she screamed when he kicked her front door down.
On Oct. 11 at about 1 p.m., Kings County Sheriff's deputies said they arrived at a home on the 5000 block of Excelsior Avenue regarding a home invasion burglary that had just occurred.
The elderly female victim told deputies that someone had rung her doorbell, and after she didn't answer the door, kicked the door in.
The woman said she began screaming after seeing her front door get kicked in and this caused the suspect to run out of the home and flee in a tan 2003 Honda Accord, deputies said.
After the home invasion burglary, sheriff's deputies said they saw Cruse driving in his car on the 1000 block of Rodgers Road.
Deputies said they stopped Cruse and discovered evidence linking him to the home invasion that had just occurred and later linked Cruse to seven other burglaries that have occurred in Kings County.
Officials said Cruse was booked in to the Kings County Jail on suspicion of home invasion, seven counts of burglary and elder abuse. His bail was set at $255,000.
The Kings County Sheriff's Office believes Cruse may be responsible for numerous other daytime burglaries that have occurred over the past two months and are asking anyone who may have information regarding these burglaries to call 852-4554.