Richmond police blotter: Burglar is victim’s neighbor

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Richmond police arrested a 20-year-old man accused of burglarizing his neighbor's home Sunday afternoon.
Location of Sunday afternoon burglary

A 20-year-old Richmond man was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of burglarizing his neighbor’s home.

The suspect, identified as Daniel Lizarde, and a 17-year-old boy were taken into custody following a brief foot chase with Richmond police Sunday that stemmed from a burglary in the 400 block of Barrett Ave., police spokeswoman Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.

At 2:38 p.m., Abetkov said, an officer was flagged down by a resident who said he just saw two crooks break into his neighbor’s home.

The officer called for backup and then spotted two males hopping out of the burglarized home’s front window. The suspects took off running, but didn’t get very far, Abetkov said.

Lizarde, who has prior burglary convictions, was found by police inside a home in the 500 block of 4th Street, which is less than a block from the crime scene.

“He actually resides at the 4th Street address,” Abetkov said.

The 17-year-old boy, whose name isn’t being released because he is a minor, was reportedly caught in the backyard of a home more than a block from the burglary. The teenager is currently on probation for robbery, Abetkov said.

The resident of the burglarized home said an iPad was among the missing items that haven’t yet been recovered, according to Richmond police.

Another 17-year-old nabbed for burglary

A 17-year-old old boy was allegedly caught burglarizing a Richmond home Sunday afternoon after police responded to a house alarm.

Richmond officers responded to an alarm call in the 4300 block of Bell Ave. at 12:43 p.m., Abetkov said.

The two officers first discovered a broken window and then spotted a teenager “coming from the back of the house,” Abetkov said. The teen, a Richmond resident, was found in possession of several items from inside the home, the police spokeswoman added. He also had an outstanding warrant for allegedly violating terms of his juvenile probation.

Further details about the burglary, including what was specifically taken, were not immediately available. The suspect’s name is not being released because he is a minor.

15-year-old beaten, shoes stolen

Also Sunday, police said, a 15-year-old boy met with a group of males in Richmond regarding his Facebook ad that offered a pair of athletic shoes for sale.

“When bad guys arrived, they beat him up & stole the shoes,” Police Chief Chris Magnus said on the Police Department’s Facebook page. The chief added the hashtag, #HardLesson.