Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Neighbor Detains Suspected Car Burglar Until Police Arrive

Mario-SanchezA Templeton man was arrested Sunday after Paso Robles police received a call from someone reporting that he had detained a suspected car burglar.

When officers arrived, they found the caller sitting on top of 21-year-old Mario Sanchez Jr., according to a news release from Paso Robles police.

Sanchez was later arrested on suspicion of vehicle burglary and possession of narcotics, both felonies. Police said they found about 3.7 grams of what they believe to be cocaine in his pocket.

The caller told officers he was inside his home when he heard a car alarm, looked outside and saw Sanchez running away from a 1998 Dodge Caravan with a broken window, according to police.

Sanchez hid until the car alarm turned off, and then returned and entered the van. The caller told police he then saw the van’s owners come out of their house to check on the vehicle, and ran outside to warn them that someone was inside.

The caller then detained Sanchez until officers arrived, police said. Sanchez was taken to San Luis Obispo County Jail.