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Thursday, Oct 04 2012 07:28 PM

One arrested after burglary where neighbor confronted suspects

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

One suspect was arrested and another is still at-large after a residential burglary where a neighbor confronted and tried to detain the two suspects, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office news release.

At about 6:15 a.m. Thursday, a man in the 4900 block of College Avenue believed his neighbor's house was being burglarized. He armed himself with a shotgun and went to confront the two suspects, according to the news release.

The man tried to keep the two suspects there. When one of them reached for his waistband, the man feared for his safety and fired the shotgun in the direction of the suspect, according to the news release. Neither suspect was shot, and both fled on foot.

A vehicle that had previously been reported stolen to the Bakersfield Police Department was left in the driveway of the home. Inside was stolen property from the home, according to the news release.

One of the suspects was later found and identified as Nicholas DelaGarza, 27. He was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary. He was booked into the Central Receiving Facility and is being held on $25,000 bail.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Kern County Sheriff's Office at 861-3110 or Secret Witness at 322-4040.

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