Burglar nabbed after resident gives chase

Mario Colin, 28, arrested for residential burglary, possession of stolen property

A Palo Alto resident helped nab an early morning burglar after he caught him stealing from an apartment-complex storage area Saturday (Aug. 20), according to Palo Alto police.

The resident spotted Mario Colin, 28, of San Jose in the carport area at 861 University Ave. at 7:17 a.m. and noticed that some of the storage units had been opened, according to police Agent Kara Salazar.

The resident confronted Colin in the carport area then followed him and called 911.

Colin fled the area and was spotted by police in the 500 block of Guinda Street between Hamilton and University avenues. Police apprehended him after a brief foot chase.

Colin allegedly stole a backpack containing automotive items, including a power cord and two quarts of motor oil, Salazar said.

Colin was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County main jail for residential burglary and possession of stolen property -- both felonies -- and misdemeanor possession of burglary tools, giving police false information and for being under the influence of a stimulant, Salazar said.

Sue Dremann

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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 23, 2011 at 10:05 am

Ah, the supreme entitlement of common thieves.

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Posted by local gurl
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Aug 23, 2011 at 10:20 am

Wow, that was dangerous. It's just STUFF! Call the police and let them do their jobs. That local resident could have taken a bullet for NOTHING!!!

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Posted by wow
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 23, 2011 at 11:28 am

not for nothing...for a backpack, automotive items, .a power cord and two quarts of motor oil

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Posted by DO Something!
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Aug 23, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I applaud the resident. The police can't be everywhere - and by the time they got there, the thief would have been somewhere else stealing other stuff. It's not just stuff - it belongs to someone who probably worked darned hard for it! It's about time people started defending their own areas - if we don't, we'll be quickly taken over - overwhelmed by thugs who know we'll just "roll over".

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Posted by what kind of chase?
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm

The title of this article says the victim chased the robber, but the body of the article says the victim let the robber get away, then called 911. Which is true?

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Posted by midtown 50 years
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 23, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Great question!! All of the above...

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Posted by Dan
a resident of Southgate
on Aug 23, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Good job, resident!

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Posted by briana
a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 31, 2011 at 7:18 pm

this dumb ass is going to prison for shit he could have got at the store he leaves a family behind wow really!!!!! got a job stop being a low life im glad he got caught

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