Modesto police detectives have arrested a suspect who allegedly broke into a home early Tuesday morning while the residents were sleeping.
At about 3:30 a.m., officers were called to the 1400 block of Del Vista Avenue, northwest of Modesto Junior College, to investigate a residential burglary. The male victim told officers that he and his wife were sleeping when he heard a noise in their bedroom. He reached toward the noise and touched the arm of the suspect.
The victim immediately turned on a light and saw a man run out of the room toward a rear sliding glass door. The resident found two bags filled with his property and a pair of shoes the suspect left behind.
Through evidence left at the scene, detectives identified the suspect as Steven McClure, 22. At about 10 a.m., investigators found him at a motel on North Ninth Street. He was arrested on suspicion of burglary and probation violation.
McClure most likely gained access to the victims’ residence through an unlocked door, police said. They urge residents to be vigilant in their neighborhoods and take these steps to lessen the chance of being victimized:
• Lock all doors and windows.
• Use anti-theft devices such as an alarm system.
• Keep outdoor lights on.
• Use motion-sensor lighting to illuminate areas not often traveled, like the sides or rear of your home.
• Keep side and alley access gates locked.
• Immediately report suspicious activity to dispatchers at (209) 552-2470.
If you have any information regarding criminal activity, call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters may also text information to Crime Stoppers at 274637. Just type “TIP704” along with your message.