SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A burglary suspect lost the cloak-like garments he was wearing while fleeing from police and was arrested in the buff Wednesday after allegedly breaking into an Allied Gardens church and trying to steal musical instruments and electronic equipment.
A resident reported seeing a tall, suspicious-looking person dressed in what appeared to be an oversize T-shirt and a sparkly purple tutu loading a guitar amplifier into a truck outside Palisades Presbyterian Church in the 6300 block of Birchwood Street shortly after 4 a.m., according to San Diego police.
Officers arrived to find a man -- later identified as Joshua Mahlon Baker, 39 -- carrying a trash can filled with property allegedly stolen from the house of worship, SDPD Detective Gary Hassen said.
Seeing the patrol personnel, the 6-foot-3-inch, 190-pound suspect -- who had a white piece of cloth draped over the upper part of his body and a scarf-like covering around his waist with nothing underneath -- dropped the trash can and ran off to the north between two buildings.
As officers gave chase, the fleeing man climbed over a chain link fence, losing his makeshift clothing in the process, Hassen said.
Moments later, police surrounded Baker in a parking lot outside the church and took him into custody. Officers then brought the man who had reported the break-in to the area, and he identified the suspect as the alleged thief.
A representative of the church later identified property found in the back of the suspect's truck as belonging to the congregation, according to police.
Baker was booked into county jail on suspicion of burglary and resisting arrest. He was being held on $25,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Friday afternoon.
A Pacific storm that promises to heavily douse much of Southern California this week will deliver a considerably less dramatic infusion of precipitation in the San Diego area, according to the National Weather Service.
The National Weather Service is predicting rain around San Diego County this week, potentially heavy rain on Thursday. People in unincorporated areas can get free sandbags at numerous locations to help them protect their homes, properties and communities.
An increased police presence is expected Wednesday at Serra High after a threatening message was written on a school wall.
A Mexican woman in the U.S. illegally who was dragged away from her daughters by authorities in a widely viewed video was being released on her own recognizance Tuesday by an immigration judge in Southern California.
After a nearly three-hour public hearing, the City Council voted 8-1 Tuesday to approve a facility that would allow homeless people to store their valuables.
Kevin Towers, the former San Diego Padres player, scout and executive, will be posthumously inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame in a pre-game ceremony on May 12, the team announced Tuesday.
A flamingo that mysteriously appeared in the South Bay last month - like most people - seems to not want to leave San Diego.
Authorities Tuesday released the name of the 27-year- old victim who was fatally injured while playing a "punching game" with an acquaintance in a Gaslamp Quarter sports bar.