A man accused of stealing surveillance cameras from the Millennium Sports Club posed for a different kind of camera this week -- for his mug shot.
Merced police arrested Brian Alexander, 27, Tuesday at his residence on East Main Street. Investigators received tips from residents about Alexander's identity after releasing surveillance camera photos to the media, said Lt. Andre Matthews, police spokesman.
The burglaries happened at the sports club at 340 E. Yosemite Ave. during the evening hours of Jan. 29 and Feb. 8.
The surveillance footage showed a man using a tool of some sort to rip down the cameras, which were mounted 10 to 12 feet above the ground. The burglar at first had his face partially covered, but during his attempts to take the cameras his mask came off.
About a dozen cameras were taken from the business, causing about $1,300 in damage.
After the photos were released to the public, Matthews said the suspect received calls from friends and relatives saying he resembled the man in the pictures.
Alexander had changed his appearance to be less recognizable, Matthews said.
Police searched Alexander's home, but didn't find the stolen cameras.
Alexander was booked into the Merced County Jail on suspicion of grand theft. He's being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.
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