FRESNO – An observant neighbor who spotted suspicious activity at a nearby home led to the arrest of a man suspect of attempting a burglary, police said.
Around 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies received a call about a possible burglary in progress at a home in the 700 block of N. Villa Ave in Fresno.
According to a spokesman, “A woman, who was washing dishes, looked out her window and saw two men knocking on the front door of her neighbor’s home. After no one answered, the men walked around to the back of the house. The woman became concerned and reported the suspicious activity to the sheriff’s office.”
The first deputy on the scene encountered the men, one of whom has been identified as 26-year-old Armando Fimbres, as they walked out of the house, authorities said.
The deputy detained Fimbres, but the other man ran away and hopped a fence that led to nearby Highway 180. Deputies circulated the streets and had a helicopter search from the air, but they were unable to find the second suspect, the sheriff’s office said.
Inside the home, deputies found drawers that had been rummaged through and televisions and wrapped presents stacked up in the garage. The deputy stopped the suspects before they were able to back their van up to the garage to load the items into it, the sheriff’s office said.
The homeowner, who had left the house just 20 minutes prior to the break-in, told the sheriff’s office that she did not believe any of her belongings were missing.
Authorities are still searching for the second suspect.