Steven Ray Romani, 32, and Dulcie Mae Powell, 31, both of Grenada, were arrested last Monday, Feb. 3 and booked at the Siskiyou County Jail for burglary and theft-related charges, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Siskiyou County Sheriff’s deputies were able to stop an alleged burglary in progress last week when a man and a woman were discovered hiding in the rear porch area of a home on Hope Lane near an open window with stolen items nearby.

Steven Ray Romani, 32, and Dulcie Mae Powell, 31, both of Grenada, were arrested last Monday, Feb. 3 and booked at the Siskiyou County Jail for burglary and theft-related charges, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Deputy Rob Stuart responded to a radio-dispatched call of two suspicious pedestrians in the Hope Lane area in South Yreka, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release.

Two people, thought to be Romani and Powell, were seen in a home’s backyard after leaving their vehicle near a locked gate nearby, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Stuart inspected the area on foot, checking nearby homes and outbuildings for the two suspects. At a home near the end of Hope Lane, Stuart heard a noise and illuminated the rear porch area with his flashlight.

He observed two people attempting to conceal themselves on the rear deck area of the home. Stuart held the suspects at gunpoint and summoned back-up assistance, the release states. California Highway Patrol officers, as well as officers from the Yreka Police Department were nearby and responded to assist at the scene, as well as Sheriff’s deputy Sam Kubowitz and Sergeant Kelly Towers.

Stuart later found an open window in the rear of the home and possible stolen items on the deck, according to the Sheriff’s Office. A bag with various United States coins were found in the pocket of one suspect, and it was later confirmed the money was taken from the residence.

“This was a great team effort between an alert deputy and a concerned neighbor who took the time to contact us to report the suspicious persons, which ultimately led to the arrest of two burglary and theft suspects in this case,” said Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey.

Those with information should call the Sheriff Office’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.