A resident living in the 3100 block of Valley Brook Drive was face-to-face with a burglary suspect on Monday afternoon, Aug. 1, and later helped Ceres Police in his arrest.
The homeowner came home just before 1 p.m. and found Tyler Underwood, 18, of Ceres, entering his house from the back yard through the rear sliding glass door where they both came face to face. Underwood told the homeowner that he thought the house was vacant and quickly left on foot. The homeowner called 9-1-1 and dispatchers were advised that he was following the suspect. Officer Charles Hernandez located the homeowner who pointed out Underwood walking on Point Grey Road in Ceres. The suspect was detained.
Investigators found that the home had been ransacked and certain items consisting of knives and a sword were loaded into a plastic tub where Underwood stated he intended to take them to sell for cash. Officers also found two women's necklaces in Underwood's left pant pocket and admitted to taking them from the residence.
Underwood was arrested and booked into the County Jail for residential burglary.