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.