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Alert resident crucial in assisting burglary suspect's arrest

An alert resident helped apprehend a burglar and get stolen property returned to the owner over the weekend.

On Jan. 8 around 11 pm, Mountain View dispatchers received a call from a resident on the 1700 block of Pilgrim Avenue who told them a man (later identified as Ronald Maddox II) was prowling in their backyard. As patrol officers were en route, the resident updated our dispatchers and let them know the man was now prowling in front of several neighboring homes. As officers arrived on scene, the resident gave dispatchers one final update, letting them know the man was last seen going eastbound on Pilgrim Avenue toward El Monte Avenue. 

As officers were setting up a perimeter, Maddox rode in front of them on a bicycle going northbound on El Monte Avenue. Officers immediately commanded Maddox to stop, which he ignored. Maddox continued to ride away on the bicycle, but MVPD officers were able to catch up to Maddox in the parking lot on the 1000 block of El Monte Avenue. Maddox was subsequently detained without incident.

During their investigation, officers learned Maddox had four outstanding warrants for various crimes from neighboring agencies. Officers also learned that Maddox had burglary tools, attempted to burglarize the residence on Pilgrim Avenue, was able to get into an unlocked car on El Monte Ave. and steal items and then access a backyard on El Monte Ave. and steal a bicycle.

While Maddox was in custody, a backpack that was found also had information connecting it back to the individual from whom it was stolen. Officers were able to track down the victim and return their stolen property.  

Maddox was ultimately booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of several counts of grand theft, burglary, receiving stolen property, vandalism, prowling, resisting arrest and the four outstanding felony warrants. 

“I am ever proud of the hard work of our patrol teams,” said Captain Scott Nelson. “I am also grateful to the alert resident who helped give crucial information to our dispatchers to help successfully arrest this man.”

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