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.
Several dogs are in the custody of San Diego County, after a Lomita woman reported that her six dogs were attacked and some killed by a group of pit bulls.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College. The two marches were held in conjunction with other marches across the country.
The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, which prompted the closure of many federal operations, such as national parks and monuments and that included the shutdown of Cabrillo National Monument.
Chilly temperatures and scattered showers started the weekend. Temperatures at the coast and inland communities hovered around 60 degrees with some areas of San Diego County receiving rain during the morning hours.
A transient accused of fatally stabbing a man after they got into an argument near a 7-Eleven store in Poway pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.
Coastal rail closures could complicate the commute for the thousands of people expected at Women's Marches set for downtown San Diego and San Marcos Saturday, though additional transit options are being made available.
A man arrested in the doctor's lounge at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa after claiming to be an anesthesiologist pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony charge of treating the sick without a certificate.
People who bought new homes in Otay Ranch's Village of Escaya can start moving in Friday - later than planned but after the developer took steps to address methane found at the site.
Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico found their imposing heights should stop border crossers, The Associated Press has learned, a finding that’s likely to please security hawks but raise concerns about costs and environmental damage.