Sheriff's K-9 helps capture burglar who rammed car into store

May 10, 2012 1:35:59 PM PDT
A San Mateo County sheriff's K-9 helped capture a burglar who crashed a vehicle into the back of a western wear store in North Fair Oaks on Wednesday night and then started stealing items through a damaged door.

Just before midnight, deputies were dispatched to Discoteca Dona Lety at 2821 Middlefield Road after the business owner, who was not at the store, reported seeing a burglary in progress remotely through his video surveillance system, Lt. Larry Schumaker said.

Arriving deputies spotted a black Volkswagen parked outside a damaged metal roll-up door at the back of the business, Schumaker said.

It appeared that the suspect, later identified as Carlos Molina-Zavala, 21, of San Jose, had crashed the Volkswagen into the door in order to gain entrance to the business, according to the sheriff's office.

Once inside, Molina-Zavala began loading the car with merchandise, Schumaker said.

When deputies arrived, Molina-Zavala allegedly tried to hide from them near the front of the store, but was tracked down by a sheriff's K-9 named Artos and was taken into custody, sheriff's officials said.

Molina-Zavala was arrested for resisting arrest, commercial burglary, vandalism and an outstanding warrant from Santa Clara County.

He is being held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in San Mateo County Superior Court on Friday.

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