By Chris Caraveo
A man was arrested on suspicion of trying to break into a Glendale home and stealing multiple items from a vehicle at another residence days earlier.
Glendale police report Jose Cardona, 29, was booked into jail on charges of burglary, theft, and unlawful flight from police.
Around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 6 police responded to a burglary call near 67th Avenue and Greenway Road. The female victim said she heard her doorbell ring and saw a man looking under her doormat, possibly for a key. In the driveway was a yellow truck that did not belong to her.
Moments later the intruder tried to open the back door to the house. The victim yelled at him to leave, and he did.
Police located the vehicle and arrested the suspect around noon near 59th and Glendale avenues.
Mr. Cardona reportedly told police he was not trying to burglarize the home, thinking it belonged to a friend.
Suspect vehicle seen in previous burglary
Glendale police connected Mr. Cardona to a burglary that occurred Sunday, March 3 near 51st and Maryland avenues.
Around 5:30 p.m. that day, a suspect stole tools out of a male victim’s vehicle. The victim approached the suspect, but he left in a yellow truck.
“The victim reported several tools had been stolen from his vehicle, and there was a screwdriver jammed into the ignition making it seem as though the suspect was attempting to steal the vehicle,” records state.
Police list the value of property taken or damaged at $10,000.
An hour later, officers responded to a residence in the area of 4900 West Ocotillo Road, where the suspect vehicle was registered to. An officer tried to get a man standing by the truck to step away, but the man entered the vehicle and fled at a high rate of speed, records state.
The officer used his vehicle to chase the suspect until a supervisor told him to back off.
Mr. Cardona admitted to both burglary incidents but did not say he was trying to steal the vehicle from the March 3 incident.
His next court appearances are Thursday and Monday, March 18.