A foot chase ended Thursday in Merced with a suspected burglar behind bars.
Alan Callahan, 45, allegedly stole 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 other neighbor’s backyard around 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 allegedly tried to hide, police said.
A police dog tracked the suspected burglar to a crawl space beneath the floor. Officers also spotted a pair a sunglasses which they said “appeared to be out of place.” Officers then unleashed the canine and Callahan immediately surrendered, the Police Department said.
No injuries were reported.
Officers said they recovered nearly all the property stolen from the residence and returned it to the victim, whose name was not released.
Callahan was booked into the Merced County Jail on $52,000 bail for suspicion of burglary, residential burglary, possession of burglary tools and false identification. He was still in custody Friday.
Police praised the unnamed resident for looking out for their neighborhood.
The Merced Police Department is still seeking additional details in this case and ask anyone with information to contact detectives at (209) 385-4702 or the tip line at (209) 385-4725. Residents can also text a tip to TIP411 (847411) using the word “” as the first word in the text message.