An Orinda police officer checking out a potential car burglary in the area of Glorietta Boulevard and Heather Lane flushed a man believed prowling the area early Monday, eventually capturing the suspect and taking him into custody at gunpoint.
Chief Mark Nagel said his officers received a call of an attempted auto burglary in the 200 block of Glorietta Blvd. early Monday morning, with one homeowner getting a glimpse of the suspect on his home security system.
Officer Joe Ladner located the individual, who was on foot, at Glorietta and Martha and attempted to stop him, Nagel said, but the suspect fled on foot resulting in a short foot pursuit on Glorietta and into the creek along Glorietta. Another homeowner in the area of the pursuit heard noises in his backyard and called 911, Nagel said, with officers finding the suspect there and taking him into custody without further incident.
Chief Nagel said the suspect was eventually identified as Justin Holbert, 29, from Tracy, Calif. Charges include theft from vehicle, possess burglary tools, possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, probation violation and 3 outstanding warrants for arrest from Alameda and Butte County for theft related charges, according to Nagel.
Additionally, Pleasant Hill suffered a similar auto burglary with the same suspect description, according to the chief, with Holbert identified as the suspect in their crime as well.