Serial burglary suspect now in custody

When Ridgecrest Police officers responded to a call at about 9:15 p.m. from a residence in the 900 block of West Alene Avenue on May 14, they found that a burglary had apparently just occurred. A family member reported observing a suspect in the victim’s garage. During an area search for the suspect, another witness described hearing the suspect hiding on his property, then fleeing eastbound. Officer Ballestero said he could hear the sounds of the suspect fleeing through nearby yards.

Responding RPD officers, with assistance from Police and Citizens Together and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, set up a perimeter and conducted an extensive yard-to-yard search. Stolen property as well as the suspect’s alleged clothing was found in several yards during the search. The suspect was located and after a short foot pursuit, was apprehended in the 700 block of West Perdew Avenue.

The suspect, Joshua Daniel Masner, 31, was linked to two residential burglaries that had been committed that evening. Most of the stolen property was recovered and returned to the victims. The value of the stolen property exceeded $1,000.

Masner was booked into Kern County Jail on charges of first degree burglary, receiving known stolen property and resisting arrest. He was arraigned on felony charges on May 16 and faces a pre-preliminary hearing June 11. He is currently being held at Lerdo Pretrial Facility on $87,500 bail.

Story First Published: 2013-06-05