Merced burglary suspect arrested after foot chase

By Sun-Star staffNovember 2, 2013 

A foot chase ended Thursday in Merced with a suspected burglar behind bars.

Alan Callahan, 45, is accused of stealing U.S. Army awards, various electronics, passports and a diploma from a home in the 100 block of East 20th Street, the Merced Police Department said in a statement.

A “watchful neighbor” saw Callahan in the home’s backyard about 2:30 p.m. and alerted police, officers said.

Police spotted Callahan a short time later on the street. Officers chased him down to a basement in an open garage of another nearby residence, where Callahan tried to hide, police said.

A police dog tracked the suspected burglar to a crawl space under the floor. Officers spotted a pair a sunglasses they said “appeared to be out of place.” Officers unleashed the K-9 and Callahan immediately surrendered, police said.

No injuries were reported.

Officers said they recovered almost all of the property stolen from the residence and returned it to the victim, whose name was not released. Police praised the unnamed resident for looking out for the neighborhood.

Callahan was booked at the Merced County main jail on suspicion of burglary, residential burglary, possession of burglary tools and false identification. Bail was set at $52,000. He was still in custody Friday.

The Merced Police Department is seeking details about this case and ask anyone with information to contact detectives at (209) 385-4702 or the tip line at (209) 385-4725. Residents can text a tip to TIP411 (847411) using the word “comvip” as the first word in the text message.

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