House minority leader Nancy Pelosi's home on Zinfandel Lane—near the California town of St. Helena—was broken into twice, once on November 5, and again on November 6. Pelosi was not at home during either of the break-ins, as she was in San Francisco working diligently on the 2012 elections, which took place on November 6.
The first break-in set off the burglar alarm system in Pelosi's house at around 3 p.m. on the 5th, prompting police to go to the house. But by the time they arrived, the burglar had fled.
Pelosi's residential caretaker tried to secure the residence by installing plywood over the glass doors the intruder smashed to gain access. The very next day, however, the caretaker discovered that the plywood had been removed, a burglar had entered the home again, and that drawers and cabinets in the home had been gone through.
How Police Found Out About the Burglary
Details on Pelosi's home security system are sketchy, but she apparently had a monitored home security system. That’s how police were notified after the first burglary. Whether the system was armed when the second burglary took place is unclear. A property caretaker notified police of the second break-in after discovering that someone had removed plywood covering the smashed glass doors.
The suspect, a 21-year-old man named Kevin Michael Hagan, was arrested the morning of November 7 by a Napa County Sheriff's deputy after yet another break-in, this one at a nearby home on Silverado Trail. That house was also near the town of St. Helena, which has just less than 6,000 residents.
When he was arrested, Hagan had in his possession a watch and a coin collection stolen from Pelosi's home, as well as a pair of Bose headphones stolen from another home. Hagan confessed to a total of six burglaries, including the two break-ins at Pelosi's house.
He told law enforcement officers that the first time he broke into Pelosi's home, he did not realize that it belonged to a nationally known politician, but he did find out whose home it was before the second break-in.
Other Burglaries and Arrest
The burglaries to which Hagan confessed took place over the period of eight days, beginning October 31. Hagan does have a criminal record; when he was arrested, he was on probation for grand theft. After the arrest, Hagan took deputies to the locations of the other homes he admitted to breaking into. He was arrested and booked at the Napa County Department of Corrections, where he was charged with 10 offenses, including burglary, felony vandalism and violation of probation.
What the Burglar Took
Except for the fact that the victim was a high-ranking politician, the burglary of Pelosi's home followed a very common narrative. The first break-in occurred during the day (as do most burglaries), and the items Hagan is known to have taken from his victims (the watch, coin collection and headphones) fit the profile of items typically stolen in that they are both portable and valuable.
Hagan himself fits the description of the "typical" burglar. He is a young, white male, with no motive other than personal enrichment, and was not considered dangerous.
Had Pelosi's home not had a monitored security system, it is likely that the burglary would not have been noticed until a day or two later. Partly due to the alarm system, law enforcement knew to be on the lookout for an intruder, and when Hagan was apprehended, he was quickly connected with the break-in at Pelosi's home and the other victims' residences.