A Turlock man is facing multiple criminal charges after being caught on video surveillance breaking into a new downtown office building.
The suspect was identified as Jeronimo Torres Jr., 44. He was arrested on suspicion of commercial burglary and narcotics possession.
Torres’ arrest came hours after the burglary when a security guard spotted him at a carwash and recognized him from the video surveillance.
The burglary happened at 3:48 a.m. April 19, at the newly developed suite of offices at 203 S. Golden State Boulevard. The video surveillance captured an image of a man using a tool to smash open the glass door and enter the building. Other cameras captured images of the vehicle and attached trailer used by the suspect.
The police report states the suspect attempted to pull property out of the smashed door, but was unsuccessful. The building’s owner Sargon Malek said he thought the suspect may have stolen some cash.
In addition to the Turlock Police Department, a security professional from Precision Security responded to the scene and saw the video clips, Malek said.
The security guard was later at a gas station on Lander Avenue and saw the suspect in a car wash stall with the same truck and trailer seen in the video, according to Malek.
The police were contacted and they took Torres into custody around noon on April 19.