Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the number of recent vehicle burglaries on the USD campus.
SAN DIEGO — A suspected car burglar was arrested after a standoff with police at the University of San Diego on Thursday morning, authorities said.
Around 5:20 a.m., a car suspected of being involved in a series of vehicle break-ins on campus was located by a public safety officer in USD’s west parking structure, a university spokesperson said, adding that there had been seven vehicle burglaries on the campus in the last two days.
Officials requested assistance from the San Diego Police Department, who responded to the scene at 5400 Linda Vista Road, according to Lt. Christian Sharp. Police said the view inside the grey Chevrolet sedan was limited due to screens that were placed on the interior windows, but they knew at least one occupant was inside. The individual, who authorities say was a male, was not cooperative and refused to identify himself or exit the vehicle, police said.
After running the car’s plates and checking its VIN number, police were able to determine that the vehicle was reported stolen.
Police were preparing to release chemical agents into the occupied vehicle when the man decided to exit the car on his own, police said. He was then taken into custody without incident.
SDPD detectives are working with USD officials to determine if the man matches the description of the burglary suspect on surveillance footage. Meanwhile, the man was arrested on suspicion being in possession of a stolen vehicle. His identity has not been released at this time.
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.