Racially motivated burglary, vandalism suspected at Oildale apartments

{A href=""}BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) An apartment complex in Oildale was burglarized while residents were out for fumigation.

Tenants who live in the complex say almost every unit was broken into and items like electronics, tools, and baby clothes were stolen. At least one resident says the ashes of a deceased family member were dumped on the floor of his apartment during the break-in.

Several of the residents believe the break-in is racially motivated, saying they or others in the complex have received threats and have been the victims of physical attacks. They say the problem isn't with anyone who lives in the apartment building but with some people who live or hang out in the neighborhood.

A report was filed with the Kern County Sheriff's Department after the burglary but tenants are asking for officers to patrol the neighborhood to help improve the safety of the community.

Kern County Sheriff's Public Information Officer Ray Pruitt says the reports have not been completed for the burglary and that the sheriff's office can't comment at this time.