Police arrested a suspected burglar identified through surveillance footage by staking out his car in Alameda on Thursday, police said Monday. The burglary happened on the evening of Feb. 22, when a man went through an open side gate to get inside a house on Madison Street while the woman who lived there was outside working on her garden, police said.
The woman’s laptop and backpack with her wallet inside were stolen, but the burglar was caught on the home’s surveillance cameras. Police posted pictures of the suspect to Facebook later that week. Police used tips from the public to identify the suspect, Frederick Smith, and were waiting for an arrest warrant to be issued. Then on Thursday, another Alameda resident found a person in his backyard who ran away when confronted, according to police.
The man’s description of that suspect was strikingly similar to the suspect in the earlier burglary, and officers canvassed the area and found his car nearby. They staked out the car for five hours before Smith returned and was arrested, police said. Smith, 48, admitted to the burglary, according to police, and was booked into county jail on numerous charges.
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