SAN LEANDRO–Raymond Iribarren might want to consider some new role models. On his Facebook page, under “Inspirational People,” the 18-year-old Pittsburg resident has only one listed: the Cookie Monster from “Sesame Street.” Perhaps Iribarren was looking for cookies, among other things, when he broke into a San Leandro home last Friday morning, after attempting to break into another home only a half mile away.
According to a San Leandro Police Department press release, at around 8:48 a.m on Friday, August 29th, officers responded to the 1400 block of Burkhart Avenue on a report that an unknown male was seen entering a neighbor’s backyard. Not long after police arrived to check out the scene, they got another call, this one from the 1700 block of London Avenue, saying someone was in the process of breaking into their house.
On arriving at the London Avenue residence, police discovered that the side garage door was open and several items were lying on the ground outside the home, including a purse, a laptop computer, a pry bar and various cosmetic items. It was later confirmed that these items had been stolen from the home.
Officers surrounded the house, believing the suspect to still be inside. They called for the suspect to come out, which Iribarren did several minutes later. He was taken into custody.
An investigation revealed that Iribarren was the same suspect who had entered the backyard on Burkhart Avenue. He was booked on suspicion of attempted burglary for that residence, residential burglary for the London Avenue residence, and possession of burglary tools. He was arraigned in Hayward Superior Court on Monday.
“We are thankful that we have a great partnership with those that we serve, who call us immediately when they recognize that something is wrong,” stated Lt. Robert McManus, Public Information Officer for the San Leandro Police Department. “I commend these witnesses, as they contribute to making San Leandro a safer community for everyone.”