Pleasanton police arrested a man described as a transient on suspicion of residential burglary Monday after a neighbor spotted him climbing through the rear window of a nearby home.
Police Sgt. Michael Collins said the neighbor on Lemonwood Way observed the man climbing into a rear window of the nearby home, became immediately suspicious and called 9-1-1, telling dispatchers that she believed a burglary was occurring.
Collins said that as police arrived, the suspect fled out the back yard and over a fence into a large orchard just to the south of the Muirwood neighborhood and north of Foothill Knolls. The man was described as possibly being Hispanic, approximately 5'11 tall and wearing a slender long dark coat and "prescription-type" glasses.
Police surrounded the orchard and adjacent homes to either side as officers pursued the suspect on foot, capturing him within 15-20 minutes.
The suspect, later identified as Kerry Rudd, a 34-year-old transient originally out of Concord, was subsequently arrested and booked into Santa Rita County Jail on burglary felony charges. He also had an outstanding warrant for the same crime out of Contra Costa County.
Collins said this was the second residential burglary arrest in five days
"As before, the apprehension of this suspect would not have been possible without responsible citizens recognizing suspicious activity and immediately contacting the Police Department to report it," Collins said.
"We continue to remind residents that a safe community is everybody's business, and that by working in partnership with the Police Department we can become better together," he added.