Two men were arrested early Wednesday morning following a break-in at the San Luis Obispo Elks Lodge.
At about 4 a.m., police responded to a tripped motion detector burglary alarm inside the lodge on the 200 block of Elks Lane. Seeing flashlight movement inside, officers surrounded the building and waited for about 30 minutes until a suspect emerged from the building, fleeing on foot into the San Luis Cemetery. He was quickly caught and arrested.
Trevor Ray Johnson, 24, of Los Osos, was taken into custody on suspicion of second-degree burglary, a felony, and resisting arrest.
While investigating the burglary, officers then found Brandon Scott Foster, 29, of San Luis Obispo hiding inside a parked vehicle on the Elks Lodge property. They discovered Foster allegedly had five outstanding warrants for failing to appear in court on various felony and misdemeanor charges and he was also arrested, according to San Luis Obispo Police Department Sgt. Sean Gillham.Police said in a statement that they are still trying to determine Foster’s involvement in the burglary.
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Dennis Adams, facilities manager at the lodge, said he was notified by police of the alarm and arrived on scene as officers waited for Johnson to exit the building.
Adams said Johnson broke into the lodge through a bathroom window, immediately setting off the silent alarm, and tossed a number of items out the window into the street, including a $300 knife set, a small public address system and various tools. All items were recovered and there was little to no damage to the building, he said.
Adams said the entire incident took about 30 minutes before Johnson bolted from the back door and was chased by officers on foot as he crossed the cemetery toward the creek before officers caught up.
“Aside from the seriousness of it, it was actually pretty funny,” Adams said. “We knew he was hiding in there because he kept setting off the motion detectors the whole time.”
Police say Foster is a former Elks member, but Adams said he was a member for only about six months approximately five years ago.
Adams thanked the police department for their quick response to the alarm.
As of Wednesday morning, both Johnson and Foster remained in County Jail in lieu of $20,000 and $50,000 bail, respectively.