The first officer to arrive saw an SUV in the driveway that belonged to the suspect. As he approached the front door a male, later identified as Venegas, came outside. In his arms he was holding an X Box, a camera and several game controllers. The suspect was confronted, dropped what he had been holding and fled back into the residence. The officer chased the suspect through the house and out of the back door.
The suspect went through a number of back yards. Officers set up containment and called for the assistance of a Benton County SO K-9 Unit. The K-9 began tracking the suspect. As he approached where the suspect was hiding, Venegas put his hands into the air and surrendered. He was taken into custody without further incident.
The items Venegas had stolen were photographed and returned to the victim. It appears as if Venegas may have observed the female homeowner leave and decided to burglarize the residence. Entry was made by prying off a dog door on the exterior of the home.
Venegas was reportedly arrested for a similar crime in Chicago in March of this year. Chicago PD has been contacted and we are awaiting information on any charges regarding their case.
Venegas was booked into the Benton County jail on charges of Residential Burglary.