BARSTOW – The vigilant victim of a residential burglary led to the arrests of the suspect authorities said. On Thursday, November 9, 2017, at around 2:03 p.m. police responded to a home in the 2700 block of Apollo Drive in the City of Barstow for the report of a burglary. The burglary occurred earlier that same day and through investigation, police learned that the suspect forced entry into the home by breaking the front window. During the burglary, a large amount of property was stolen from the home including, electronics and two firearms. Residential surveillance at the home captured both the suspect and the suspect vehicle.
The following day at around 3:15 p.m., the victim contacted the police when he saw the suspect vehicle in an open desert area near West Main Street and Lenwood Road. Officers responded to the area and located the vehicle 24200 block of Johnson Street in Barstow. The suspect was seen walking away from the suspect vehicle. The officers noticed Flores in possession of items stolen during the burglary. Matthew Flores, 48, of Barstow, was identified as the suspect who forced his way into the home and stole the property. Barstow police officials said that the property other than the firearms have been recovered.
Flores was transported to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Jail in Barstow for the listed charges. Anyone with information regarding this burglary should call Officer Helms at (760)256-2211. Those wishing to remain anonymous may also call the We-Top hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or may leave a tip on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
This article was written by a staff member of the 24/7 Headline News Organization