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Alert neighbor, open gate lead to arrest in Rocklin burglary

Juan Carlos Martinez
Juan Carlos Martinez Rocklin Police Department

An observant neighbor and a gate left ajar led to the arrest of a suspected burglar in Rocklin.

A resident called police about 9:40 p.m. Saturday to report a man who appeared to be checking backyard gates in the 5300 block of Par Place, according to a Rocklin Police Department news release.

Officers arrived and were unable to locate the man. But on further investigation, they noticed that a gate to the backyard of a nearby home was ajar. The officers entered the backyard of the residence, where they spotted an open door.

The house appeared to have been ransacked, police reported, and officers located a man inside.

The man, identified as 29-year-old Juan Carlos Martinez of Lincoln, was taken into custody without incident, the news release said. He was booked into Placer County Jail on suspicion of residential burglary.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy