OCEANSIDE, Calif. — A probationer who allegedly burglarized a home near Buccaneer Beach Thursday and then tried to make his getaway by commandeering a woman’s car was arrested after showing up at a taco shop in the area.
Patrol officers responding to a security alarm at a house in the 1900 block of South Pacific Street in Oceanside shortly before 9:30 a.m. saw a man exiting the residence and fleeing to the south through the coastal neighborhood by jumping from rooftop to rooftop, according to police.
Within minutes, a woman made a 911 call to report that a man had just gotten into her car as she was backing out of her driveway in the 1900 block of South Tremont Street and ordered her to drive him away from the area, Lt. Matt Cole said.
The victim told a dispatcher she’d responded by kicking and punching the intruder, prompting him to get out of the vehicle and run off.
A short time later, plainclothes detectives searching for the thief spotted a man matching his description inside a restaurant in the 1800 block of South Coast Highway, Cole said. They called in uniformed officers, who went to the business and arrested the suspect, identified as James Lance Craig, 36.
He was expected to be booked on suspicion of residential burglary, attempted carjacking and a probation violation.