Regular at Empire store ID'd as burglary suspect

A man described as a regular at a popular Empire store apparently wasn’t familiar with the business’ security system.

Kevin Anthony Garcia, 21, was arrested this morning after he allegedly tried robbing Cicero’s Market at 5009 Yosemite Blvd., according to Sheriff’s Lt. Charles Grom.

Garcia was identified by someone at the store who watched a playback of the security video.

Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department deputies found Garcia hiding in a nearby neighborhood this morning at 7:30, a couple of hours after they responded to a store alarm.

Deputies arrived at the store at about 4:30 and found a broken front window. Somebody with the store came down with the key and looked over the videotape and identified Garcia.

“Apparently it was a local who had been in the store many times,” Grom said.

Deputies then found an address where Garcia might be, and at about the same time, residents in a nearby neighborhood began calling 911 to report someone jumping fences in their back yards.

Deputies, including those assigned to Waterford and Hughson, began following the path of the calls. They came upon Garcia, who was hiding near 2nd and D streets and surrendered after a dog with the department’s K9 unit approached him.

Grom was not sure if anything had been stolen from the store.

Garcia was booked into Stanislaus County Jail on a burglary charge, in addition to two others. His bail was set at $20,000.

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