The Paso Robles Police arrested a parolee for allegedly trying to break into locked vehicles on Wednesday.
According to PRPD, officers responded to a call around 4:48 p.m. on the 1500 block of Park Street by two citizens who reported seeing a suspicious person attempting to open several locked cars in the neighborhood.
The citizens provided officers with a description of the suspicious person and provided responding officers with updates as they observed the suspect in the neighborhood.
Officers arrived on scene and quickly located a suspect along 18th Street. Officers detained Jesse Torres, 35, of Paso Robles.
Officers soon learned that after Torres attempted to open several cars in the area he also entered the front door of a nearby, unlocked, residence where he did not live. A 17-year-old female resident, who was home alone, screamed and yelled at the suspect.
The resident’s dog protected the owner by barking and growling at the suspect who subsequently left the residence.
The victim quickly locked the door after the suspect left. However, a few moments later Torres removed a screen from a window near the front door. Torres reentered the residence, this time through an unlocked window.
The suspect then stole a set of car keys from a nearby table and quickly exited through the front door of the residence. The 17-year-old victim was not injured or assaulted.
The original witnesses and the 17-year-old victim all positively identified Torres as the suspect officers had detained.
Torres was arrested for felony residential burglary, misdemeanor vehicle tampering, misdemeanor under the influence of a controlled substance and felony parole violation.
Torres was subsequently transported booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail.