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San Miguel man sought in connection with home burglaries is arrested

Matthew Stephen Colligan, 23, of San Miguel was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, on suspicion of receiving stolen property and burglary. Original story »
Plea: No contest to burglary and possession of stolen goods. What's next: Sentenced to three years probation and 365 days in jail.
Matthew Stephen Colligan, 23, of San Miguel was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, on suspicion of receiving stolen property and burglary. Original story » Plea: No contest to burglary and possession of stolen goods. What's next: Sentenced to three years probation and 365 days in jail.

The San Miguel man sought by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department last week amid a burglary investigation was arrested Tuesday afternoon.

On Friday morning, Matthew Stephen Colligan, 23, fled his home in the 1400 block of K Street after deputies investigating local burglaries recovered a firearm, Skil saw and appliances from his home, according to authorities.

A CHP helicopter, ground units and security from Camp Roberts helped look for Colligan for several hours but were unable to find him, according to the Sheriff's Department.

On Tuesday, Colligan was spotted at a store near 13th and Mission Streets in San Miguel. Deputies arrested Colligan after a foot pursuit on the nearby railroad tracks.

Colligan was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on two counts of receiving stolen property and one count of burglary, all felonies. Bail was set at $70,000. He was no longer in custody as of Tuesday evening, according to the County Jail website.

Over the last 90 days, authorities have seen an increase in thefts and burglaries in the San Miguel area, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Authorities encourage San Miguel residents to continue to lock their vehicles and homes.

A community meeting is set for Thursday to discuss crime prevention in San Miguel. Click here to read more about it.

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