A burglary suspect was in for a surprise Wednesday morning when he came face to face with a police officer while leaving a Richland house with electronics.
Juan P. Venegas, 18, dropped an X-box, camera and several game controllers when he saw the officer in the doorway of a house he had allegedly just finished burglarizing, said Capt. Mike Cobb, police spokesman. The Yakima man ran through several back yards before deciding to hide under some bushes.
Officers called in a police dog and searched the area, Cobb said. As the dog approached the bushes, Venegas put his hands out and was arrested without incident.
Police believe Venegas targeted a house on Pattyton Lane after seeing a car drive away from the location, Cobb said. Venegas pulled the car he was driving into the driveway and pounded on the door.
When nobody answered, Venegas decided to pry a doggy door off and enter the house, Cobb said. However, an 18-year-old man was inside and quickly called police.
The man was not hurt during the incident.
Police say Venegas may have been involved in a similar break-in in the Chicago area. Investigators have contacted Chicago police for more information.
Venegas was booked into the Benton County jail.