Citizen’s arrest stops Paso Robles car burglary
May 30, 2013
Around 3 a.m. Sunday, Paso Robles police received a call about a suspected car burglar in the 1000 block of 19th Street. When officers arrived in the area, they found a Paso Robles resident sitting on top of a 21-year-old man.
The Paso Robles man said he observed Mario Sanchez Jr. running from a Dodge Caravan that had a broken window and car alarm sounding. Sanchez hid in the shadows until the alarm stopped, then returned to the car and entered it.
After the burglar entered the vehicle, the owners of the Caravan walked outside to check on their car. Their neighbor who spotted the burglar warned them about the man inside their vehicle, then confronted him and detained him until police arrived.
When the officers arrived, they discovered about 3.7 grams of what they believed to be cocaine in Sanchez’s pocket. The officers arrested Sanchez for auto burglary and possession of narcotics and booked him in San Luis Obispo County Jail.