A burglary suspect who admitted to committing about 15 commercial burglaries recently by entering through rooftops was arrested Wednesday, July 30.
"We have been looking for the rooftop burglar for some time now," said Acting Police Chief Brent Smith.
Police were alerted to a break-in at the Metro PCS store on Hatch Road at 5:11 a.m. Police found that a sheet of glass had been removed from the window frame of a neighboring business. When they moved in they could see someone had cut through the wall of the business to gain access to Metro PCS. While inside the cell phone store they could hear movement in the attic. Officers surrounded the building and began checking the attic.
The suspect, Jose Guadalupe Valdez, 39, of Modesto, was at first above Metro PCS but later moved over to Hot Dogz Pet Grooming and refused to come out. Valdez was shot with Taser darts but removed them and in the process officers were also shocked.
When the suspect fell through the ceiling to ground level, Officer Joe Wren released his canine Zeus. The canine, however, erroneously clamped on Sgt. Trenton Johnson's leg as he ran with a ladder toward Wren and defended Wren.
Valdez tried to kick his way outside through a padlocked door but was trapped. Officers shot Valdez with a 12-gauge beanbag round in the waist. He continued to fight officers and tried to escape before Officer Amador's canine Tyson was sent in. Valdez bit the suspect as Officer Pat Dayton was able to handcuff him and make the arrest.
Valdez was medically cleared at the hospital and booked on several counts of commercial burglary.
Valdez admitted to other jobs, including a burglary of Moon Gas on El Camino.
"By the sound of it he has no intention of stopping once he's released from jail," said Chief Smith.