Police arrested an Oakdale man suspected in a rash of thefts following his release from the Tuolumne County Jail.
Christopher Warfield, 37, was released from jail Friday; he had been booked on a warrant and for tampering with a vehicle. Warfield is on felony probation out of Stanislaus County for numerous violations, including burglary and possession of stolen property, according to the Sonora Police Department.
Warfield is suspected of burglarizing a home on West Jackson Street in Sonora shorty after his release from jail. He was identified through witnesses and surveillance footage and he left his jacket inside the home, according to police.
Witnesses also reported seeing Warfield sitting in a parked vehicle that did not belong to him on Linoberg Street and looking inside vehicles near the Save Mart grocery store on Stockton Street.
As officers searched for Warfield, he walked a few blocks to McCoy Tire and Auto Service, where he allegedly stole a truck belonging to the owner. Inside the truck was a loaded handgun.
Employees who saw Warfield driving away followed him to Jamestown, where they boxed in the truck on Saco Street.
Warfield then attempted to run away but was tackled by the employees and held until officers arrived.
Warfield was taken back to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked on suspicion of felony vehicle theft, felony burglary, being a felon in possession of a firearm and probation violation.
Warfield had been arrested Dec. 10 by the Modesto Police Department on suspicion of auto theft.