PLEASANTON -- A quick-thinking pair of Pleasanton teens foiled a would-be burglar Monday after they spotted him breaking into their home, hid in a bedroom and called police on the intruder, authorities said.
Christopher Chase, 34, of Discovery Bay, was arrested after police said he broke into the home in the 1400 block of Briones Lane while the teens were home on school holiday.
Officers responded to the house at 2:45 p.m. after one of the teenagers called to report that they saw a man breaking in through a side door to the home's garage, Lt. Brian Laurence said. The siblings, who were not identified, barricaded themselves in a bedroom to call 911. The teens' parents returned home to find police surrounding their house, along with neighboring residences, in an attempt to find the suspect and get their children out safely, Laurence said.
A few minutes later, several officers called into the house telling the suspect to come out, then went inside to get the teenagers, Laurence said. The pair was found unharmed in the bedroom and escorted out of the home to be reunited with their parents.
Laurence said the suspected burglar was not inside the house when officers entered, and police dogs were brought in from the Livermore Police Department to help search for the man in the neighborhood. The dogs quickly found the man hiding in a neighbor's yard, as well as the stolen belongings.
According to Laurence, the suspect did not threaten the teens, and it is not known if he even knew they were home.
"I'm just very glad the teens had the presence of mind to find a safe place in the home and call 911 as soon as they could," Laurence said.
Chase was booked into Santa Rita Jail on charges of first degree burglary, and investigators are looking into whether he may be responsible for other burglaries, Laurence said.
"A string of these incidents have happened in nearby areas," Laurence said.