A burglary suspect was surprised by jogging off-duty police detectives in Manhattan Beach shortly after he allegedly was seen inside a home by one of its residents, officials said.
The crime was the first of two reported burglaries in the city Monday evening. Police on Tuesday were still seeking a suspect in the second incident. Both crimes were reportedly interrupted by residents who arrived home to find a stranger going through their things, officials said.
Police do not believe the burglaries were related, and nothing was reported stolen in either incident.
Rodolfo Castaneda, 22, was booked on suspicion of burglary and is being held on $50,000 bail for allegedly breaking into a home in the 200 block of 26th Street at about 5:30 p.m. Monday, Martin said.
He allegedly ran from the home when one of its residents walked in, officials said. The resident then called police and gave a description of the man.
A large police response ensued, with police dog teams from three neighboring cities and a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department helicopter joining the search.
Two off-duty detectives were jogging on The Strand when they saw officers searching the area, Martin said. They called for a description of the suspect and, shortly after getting it, spotted the suspect near 31st Street.
"Next thing you know, the suspect comes walking toward them," Martin said. He was later identified by the person who said she saw him burglarizing her home.
Police continued to search Tuesday for another man who broke into a house in the 3600 block of Palm Avenue at about 7:30 p.m. Monday. He fled the house when a juvenile who lived there arrived home during the burglary, Martin said.
The suspect in the Palm Avenue burglary is described as a black man, 20 to 28 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 150 to 170 pounds, with a light beard and wearing a white T-shirt and black gloves. He may have gotten away in a black sedan, Martin said.
Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call Manhattan Beach Police Department at 310-802-5140.
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