SAN MATEO (CBS SF) — An attempted residential burglary resulted in the arrest of a repeat home invasion offender in San Mateo last week, police said Tuesday.
A neighbor spotted a suspicious individual jumping the fence of a residence in the 3300 block of Countryside Drive at about 9:15 p.m. Friday and reported it to San Mateo police.
San Mateo police officers quickly responded and after multiple unsuccessful attempts to contact the inhabitant of the residence by phone, officers and a K-9 unit approached the entrance of the property and announced their intent to enter because of a burglary in progress and the imminent danger the resident may be in, according to police.
After getting the resident of the house to safety, officers searched the house. The police dog located the suspect hiding inside a lower garage cabinet, where police discovered a male suspect hiding inside, police said.
Police said the suspect was deliberately concealing his hands from view and refusing to comply with repeated orders to surrender, so officers deployed the K-9, which bit the suspect on the lower leg.
Officers moved in, handcuffed the suspect and found him in possession of jewelry taken from the residence, according to police.
The suspect was identified as Carlos Moreno, 19, of Belmont. Moreno was taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries, then was booked into San Mateo County Jail, where jail staff confirmed he was on probation in Ventura County for a prior home invasion, police said.
San Mateo police are investigating whether he may be related to a recent upswing of residential burglaries in the neighborhood.
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