A parolee who'd only been out of prison for two months is behind bars again, after Merced police arrested him Tuesday on suspicion of burglary.
Rex Eugene Archer, 28, was arrested shortly after 4 a.m. after he allegedly burglarized three houses and six cars in the 3100 block of Dublin Avenue and 3300 block of Shamrock Place.
Police responded after a male resident on Shamrock Place spotted the suspect. The witness noticed that Archer had opened the garage door, and was entering the kitchen of his residence. The resident was startled, and chased Archer for a short distance, according to Cmdr. Floyd Higdon.
The victim discovered that a car parked outside had been entered and ransacked. A garage door opener was also missing from inside the car, Higdon said.
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After arriving at the scene, police noticed the garage doors to other homes had been opened. Police contacted another resident on Shamrock Place, who learned that property from his garage was missing, Higdon said.
Archer was then spotted by police, seated in the driver's seat of a car in front of the home, with the rear hatch open. Although the resident said the car belonged to him, Archer claimed his name was "Craig," saying that he lived at the home, Higdon said.
The owners of the house and car said they didn't know Archer, adding that he didn't have permission to be in their car. Inside the car, police also found a variety of items from the homes that had been broken into, such as a guitar with a case, jewelry, a chainsaw, garage door openers and other items, Higdon said.
Archer was then taken into custody. Higdon said the man who chased Archer also identified him during an in-field lineup.
Higdon said police located three houses and six cars that Archer had broken into, taking about $1,330 worth of property.
Archer later admitted committing the burglaries and gave a full statement to police, Higdon said.
He was booked into the Merced County Jail, where he remains without bail.
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