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Neighborhood social media app plays role in burglary suspect arrest in Los Osos

An Oceano man is facing burglary charges thanks to alert neighbors who spread his photo on a neighborhood social networking app, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

On Tuesday, sheriff’s deputies were called to a house in the 1300 block of Encinas Drive in Los Osos around 4 p.m. for a burglary that had just occurred.

According to a press release, a room of the home had been ransacked with medications and money missing.

Earlier in the day, several neighbors reported seeing a “suspicious man” in the area knocking on doors. One neighbor shared a photo of the suspect and spread it throughout the area using a neighborhood social networking app.

Deputies discovered a man matching the description of the burglary suspect and arrested him in the 2100 block of Ferrell Avenue after a foot pursuit. They reportedly discovered items missing from the home in the man’s possession.

Ezra Nehemiah Hill


Sheriff’s officials say the suspect and the “suspicious man” is 23-year-old Ezra Nehemiah Hill of Oceano.

Hill is facing charges of burglary, resisting a peace officer and probation violations.

In the press release, the Sheriff’s Office thanked the neighbors who shared photos and information which they say led to the arrest of Hill.

KSBY Staff

KSBY Staff

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