Burglary suspect flees Stanislaus deputies, but shot by Taser and caught

VALLEY HOME -- A would-be burglar quickly tried to put things back when he was confronted by a woman who returned home Tuesday and surprised him, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department reported.

After a chase and a search by authorities, Cory Courtney, 28, of Oakdale, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and violating parole.

Deputies caught up to Courtney after they fired several beanbags and a Taser at him as he tried to run away, said deputy Royjindar Singh, a sheriff's spokesman. Courtney suffered minor injuries when the beanbags struck him in the back and the side. He was taken to jail, where his injuries were treated.

Shortly before 2 p.m., the woman, whose name wasn't released, arrived home in the 12000 block of Lambuth Road, just east of Valley Home Road, to find a strange vehicle parked in her driveway. The woman parked, blocking the vehicle, and called 911.

Singh said the victim walked inside to find a thief taking several items. When he saw her, Singh said, he started putting things back.

They didn't exchange words, Singh said.

The victim's father-in-law arrived and confronted the intruder inside the home, Singh said. The burglar ran out and got in his vehicle. He couldn't get back down the driveway, so he drove around the property looking for another way out, rammed into a fence and got stuck, Singh said.

That's when deputies arrived and the suspect ran into a nearby field. Authorities surrounded the area and waited for the suspected burglar to come out.

Oakdale police and California Highway Patrol officers assisted in setting up a perimeter. Authorities kept anyone from entering the perimeter, and searched vehicles that came out, to thwart a possible carjacking attempt, Singh said.

About 2:40 p.m., a neighbor reported seeing a man matching Courtney's description running behind a house in the 5700 block of Hinds Road, about a mile east of the burglarized home.

Singh said deputies spotted the man before he ran into an open field. Deputies fired the beanbag shots that slowed him down, but he kept running.

A deputy fired the Taser and stopped Courtney, who was taken into custody, Singh said.

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