Alert neighbors help catch home burglary suspect


Quick thinking neighbors helped catch a burglary suspect late Monday morning after a San Mateo homeowner caught the man inside her house, according to police.

Around 11:25 a.m., officers responded to a report of an interrupted burglary happening at a home in the 400 block of Sylvan Avenue, police said.

The homeowner had come home and saw that a screen had been removed from a window of the house. When the woman went inside she confronted the suspect, according to police.

The man then fled the residence, running out the front door, police said.

When the homeowner tried to chase after the suspect, neighbors heard the commotion and quickly responded. The neighbors were able to corral the suspect and detain him as officers arrived, according to police.

Responding officers identified the man as 23-year-old San Mateo resident Shakeel Chand.

Officers were able to connect a vehicle parked in front of the home that Chand tried to rob to him. The vehicle was discovered to be stolen.

A subsequent search of Chand’s home yielded evidence linked to a vehicle larceny, police said.

Officers arrested Chand on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen vehicle and possession of stolen property. He was booked into the San Mateo County jail, according to police.

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