A man attempting to enter locked vehicles in a Paso Robles neighborhood was arrested Wednesday after sneaking into a house where a 17-year-old girl was home alone, police say.
At about 4:48 p.m., officers responded to the 1500 block of Park Street after two residents reported seeing a suspicious person attempting to open several locked cars. Officers quickly located Jesse Torres, 35, of Paso Robles and detained him, a department news release said.
Officers learned that before they arrived, Torres allegedly entered a nearby home through an unlocked front door. A 17-year-old girl was the only person home, and Torres allegedly fled when she screamed and her dog began barking. The girl locked the front door behind Torres.
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Torres then allegedly re-entered the home through an unlocked window near the front door and stole a set of car keys before again leaving. The girl later identified Torres to police, the department said.
Torres was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of felony residential burglary and misdemeanor vehicle tampering, being under the influence of a controlled substance and felony parole violation. As of Thursday morning, Torres remained in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Paso Robles Lt. Ty Lewis said investigators have no information linking Torres to a recent rash of vehicle thefts.