BARSTOW — Authorities arrested a man they say was trying to break into the Treasure House Mall Tuesday morning.

Lawrence Herrera, 37, of Barstow, was identified as the man who Barstow Police Department officers witnessed attempting to cut the lock off a door before fleeing the scene.

According to authorities, Officer Michael Cardenas responded to the Treasure House Mall in the 300 block of East Main Street at approximately 3:58 a.m. regarding a burglary alarm.

Officer Cardenas saw a Hispanic male, later identified as Herrera, attempting to break into the south rear door of the business by cutting the lock, authorities said.

"The male became aware of the officer approaching and fled east toward several trash bins that belonged to the business," sheriff's officials said in a statement. "As the male passed the bins, he quickly discarded a set of large bolt cutters into one of the bins and continued to flee on foot."

Officer Cardenas was able to catch up to Herrera and apprehend him, authorities said. The set of bolt cutters was collected from the trash bin and fresh cut marks were found on the rear door where Herrera was first spotted.

A Treasure House Mall employee confirmed to authorities that the damage to the door and the lock was fresh.

Herrera was arrested on suspicion of commercial burglary and transported to the Barstow Police Department for further questioning.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact Officer Cardenas at the Barstow Police Department at 760-256-2211. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-782-7463 or visit www.wetip.com.