Alert neighbor,police dog help capture suspected burglar


An alert resident and a police dog helped capture a suspected burglar in Redwood City on Monday afternoon, according to police.

At about 12:10 p.m., officers responded to a call from a woman who said she had seen two male suspects entering her neighbor’s backyard in the 600 block of Upton Street, police said.

While on the phone with a police dispatcher, the witness said the suspects had left the yard and were walking south on Alameda de Las Pulgas, police said. Responding officers spotted the men near Alameda de Las Pulgas and Wessex Way.

Both suspects ran, and officers quickly established a perimeter and began a yard-to-yard search using a police K-9 unit.

Roosevelt Elementary School, located at 2223 Vera Ave, was briefly placed on lockdown during the search, police said.

One of the suspects — later identified as Candelario Banuelos Valdez, 18, of Redwood City — was found hiding under a backyard deck at a home in the 700 block of Windsor Way, police said.

The second suspect has not been found.

Investigators believe that Valdez and the other suspect burglarized a home in the 600 block of Upton Street, police said.

Valdez was taken to a hospital to be treated for a dog bite before being transported to San Mateo County Jail. He was booked for residential burglary, resisting arrest, and an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for violating his probation.

No one else was injured during the arrest.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call Redwood City police Detective Dave Stahler at (650) 780-7620.
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