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

Posted at 5:59 PM, Jun 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-12 21:04:31-04

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.