SAN LEANDRO -- Surveillance tape from inside an optometry business helped police find the man accused of burglarizing it.
Oakland resident Joseph Garrison, 30, was carrying a bag containing some of the store's high-end eyeglasses when officers caught up to him Tuesday in Oakland about five hours after the 5 a.m. burglary, San Leandro police Lt. Randall Brandt said.
"We actually caught him on the same street in Oakland, so just up a way," Brandt said. "Detectives came in at their usual time in the morning, and started checking around. Eventually, they saw the suspect vehicle. It developed from there."
Police responded to the store in the 1300 block of MacArthur Boulevard to find the front window to the business shattered, Brandt said. Several dozen eyeglasses were missing.
Officers went to the surveillance tape and were able to determine what the suspects looked like and the vehicle in which they fled. After locating the vehicle, detectives found Garrison in the 9900 block of MacArthur Boulevard, Brandt said.
"This crime may not have been solved if it wasn't for this business having an operational surveillance system," Brandt said. "This is a true example of technology making the difference in our investigations."
Two other suspects who police said were with Garrison during the burglary remain on the loose. Police did not provide a description of them.
Garrison was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon on a charge of burglary. He was being held in the Santa Rita Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.
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