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Rocklin police arrest armed burglar

Matthew Gonzales, 25, charged with two counts of residential burglary
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A Rocklin man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of being involved in at least two residential burglaries, according to the Rocklin Police Department.

At 12:30 p.m. March 19, Rocklin police received a call of a residential burglary on Deer Run Court. When officers arrived, they were told by a witness that her father had observed their neighbor’s side-garage door had been broken open, and he heard noises coming from inside his neighbor’s home, which he believed should have been vacant at the time.

While checking the exterior of the neighbor’s home, the witness explained that her father was confronted by an unknown adult white male who emerged from the inside of the home, and he then chased the unknown subject on foot to the area of Sammy Way. Police later discovered that the home on Deer Run Court had been burglarized. Complicating matters, the witness told police that the burglary suspect was possibly armed with a handgun.

When officers arrived on Sammy Way, they learned that the burglary suspect had jumped a fence and avoided being captured. During a search of the area by Rocklin police, they discovered an apartment with a sliding glass door opened. Upon advising the occupants of the search, police discovered that the unsuspecting resident had allowed the burglary suspect to enter their apartment after he had asked to use their telephone.

Police detained the male, who closely matched the description of the suspect given by witnesses, the report said. Upon further investigation, the report added, officers determined the male was responsible for the residential burglary on Deer Run Court. He was wearing a ring on his finger and was in possession of a large knife concealed on his waistband, both of which had been stolen from the Deer Run Court residence. Officers arrested Matthew Christopher Gonzales, age 25, of Rocklin.

After a thorough investigation and examining evidence recovered, officers determined that Gonzales was also responsible for a residential burglary that had occurred the day before on Onyx Drive in Rocklin, the report said.

Officers were initially unable to locate any handgun as described by witnesses during the foot chase, but during a continued search on Wednesday, police located a loaded .32-caliber handgun in the bushes that Gonzales had allegedly discarded while being chased on foot from the Deer Run Court burglary. Police later learned that Gonzales allegedly had stolen the handgun from a third burglary

Gonzales was arrested and booked into the Placer County jail on two counts of residential burglary, two counts of possession of stolen property and possession of a concealed dagger With additional burglary charges likely, Gonzales’ bail is expected to be $150,000, the report said.

“Burglaries are one of the more common crimes in Rocklin,” Police Chief Ron Lawrence said in a statement. “While we enjoy a very low crime rate, it is imperative that Rocklin residents and business owners work with their Police Department and with each other to help identify suspicious persons and activities. I commend the quick actions and 911 call by witnesses in this case, who helped us capture an armed and serious felon.”