LANCASTER – A suspected thief was arrested shortly after a home break-in Monday, thanks to a quick-thinking bystander who reported suspicious activity, authorities said.
The incident happened around 11 a.m. at a residence on the 1300 Block Geraldine Avenue, according to Lancaster Community Relations deputy Miguel T. Ruiz.
“We had an anonymous informant that called saying they saw someone breaking into a home,” Ruiz said.
When deputies responded, the suspect was running away, Ruiz said.
“He tried to evade deputies by running through back yards near the area,” Ruiz said.
Within 30 minutes, the suspect was apprehended near Jennifer Lane and Avenue K-4.
“He attempted to try and hide the stolen items…” Ruiz said. “Jewelry and electronic devices were recovered, and the victim confirmed those items as belonging to the residence.”
Theodore Miller, 18, was arrested on suspicion of burglary, Ruiz said. Miller was jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, according to LASD inmate records.