Police arrested Edward James Breedlove on suspicion of burglary after he allegedly broke into a home and stole various electronics Tuesday afternoon. The home’s resident confronted Breedlove mid-burglary, who then fled but was quickly found and arrested, police said.
BARSTOW — Police placed a 28-year-old man behind bars Tuesday after he allegedly burglarized a home that afternoon.
Barstow Police Department officers arrested Edward James Breedlove on suspicion of burglary after he allegedly broke into a home and stole various electronics. The home’s resident confronted Breedlove during the burglary. Breedlove then fled, but was quickly found and arrested, police said.
Barstow PD officers arrived at a home in the 600 block of Nancy Street at 4:41 p.m. Tuesday after receiving reports of a burglary in progress. The caller told police she and her husband had just returned home and discovered someone had burglarized the home.
She also let police know her husband was inside the home, and she believed a suspect was still inside as she could hear an argument, police said.
Officers arrived and spoke to the caller’s husband. He reported that an unknown man, later identified as Breedlove, was still inside the home. The victim was attempting to “stall him” until officers arrived, police said, but Breedlove fled out of the rear door of the home.
However, Breedlove’s escape was short-lived as he was apprehended in an alley behind the 600 block of Nancy Street minutes later, police said.
Further investigation revealed the victim and his wife had been gone for only an hour when they returned home to find their television and XBox console stolen. As the victim was checking the rest of the home, he saw Breedlove enter through the rear door, police said.
The victim then confronted Breedlove and “questioned him about being in his home,” police said.
Breedlove was positively identified as the suspect by the victim, police said, and he was placed under arrest. A records search revealed he also had an outstanding felony warrant for probation violation.
No other suspects were found after a search of the home. Police said officers also searched for the victim’s stolen property but were unable to locate it.
Breedlove remains in custody at the Adelanto Detention Center in lieu of $125,000 bail, booking records show, and is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.
The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is urged to contact Officer Andrew Buesa at the Barstow Police Department at 760-241-2211. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-782-7463 or online at www.wetip.com.