Larry Laugen, 37 of Turlock, was arrested outside of the Police Department after being identified by a female who claimed that he had broken into her home on Wednesday morning. He was arrested for Burglary in front of the Police Department where he was waiting to register in accordance with the Sex Offender Registration Act.
According to Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Myra Lewis, on August 1, 2012, at approximately 11:20am, Turlock Police Department received a call from a female reporting a man had just forced her way in to her apartment located in the 200 block of Almond Avenue. Several officers responded to the area but were unable to locate the man. The victim told the responding officer that the man knocked on the front door of her apartment and when she didn’t answer the man went in to the back yard, pried the lock to the rear glass door, and made entry into her apartment. Once inside the apartment the man was confronted by the victim, which at the time, he told the victim he must have had the wrong house and he left.
The victim provided the officer with a description of the man. The officer later summoned the victim to the Police Department in continuance of the investigation.
“As the officer escorted the victim to the parking lot of the Police Department, she pointed at a male standing in front of the Department and said, ‘Hey, that’s the guy. The man who broke in.’ The man matched the description she had provided to the officer earlier. He was then arrested immediately,” stated Lewis.
The Turlock Police Department is an active participant in the Crime Stoppers Program. Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward.