Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Updated 3:40 p.m. Dec. 25, 2014

A Christmas Eve burglar was peppered by shotgun pellets to his back, fired by a shotgun-wielding homeowner in Anaheim Hills, and later arrested by police who surrounded the neighborhood just before sunrise Thursday.

The burglar suffered minor, non-life threatening injuries from a shotgun blast, said Anaheim police Lt. Bob Dunn.

He was later identified as Jeremy William Bell, 29, of Fullerton, Dunn said.

“He (Bell) hasn’t been booked yet. He’s still at the hospital being treated,” the police lieutenant said at midday. “Charges will include burglary and other other charges determined by the investigation.”

Dunn said police received a call about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday about a man with a black ski mask attempting to break into a home in the 8300 block of East Quiet Canyon Court.

“A homeowner saw a male with a ski mask trying to break into a downstairs window of his home,” the police lieutenant said.

Bell reportedly ran into the night, prior to the arrival of police officers, he said.

Then at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, police received a call of a man with a black ski mask inside a home in the 900 block of South Country Glen Way, he said.

The homeowner and Bell grappled, and the resident was hit by a metal object, possibly a wrench. The homeowner then armed himself with a shotgun and fired a shot Bell, who ran away, Dunn said.

The homeowner refused any medical treatment.

Police set up a perimeter and the bloodied suspect was located shortly before 5 a.m. in a garage in the 1000 block of Country Glen Street, he said.

“Evidence was collected by Anaheim Police Crime Scene Technicians into Christmas morning,” Dunn said. “Some of the evidence may include stolen property. The investigation is continuing and Bell is suspected of being involved in both incidents.”

—City News Service

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