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Sleeping burglar discovered in Rock Creek on Friday

A Rock Creek resident woke up Friday morning to discover a stranger sleeping on his kitchen floor.

Washington County sheriff’s deputies responded to the home in the 18700 block of Northwest Shadow Lane just after 4:45 a.m.

When deputies arrived, they found 20-year-old Cristian Villarreal-Castillo sleeping on the kitchen floor of the residence. Deputies also found many items in the residence had been ransacked through in an apparent attempt to steal valuables, said Sgt. Bob Ray, sheriff’s office spokesman. Villarreal-Castillo

“It is believed that Cristian Villarreal-Castillo entered the residence and was gathering items when he fell asleep,” Ray said.

When deputies took the suspect into custody, he reportedly had numerous small items in his possession that appeared to be stolen from elsewhere, he added. Villarreal-Castillo had portable navigation devices and other small electronics in his pants pockets.

“It is suspected the electronics were stolen from unlocked vehicles,” Ray said. “Deputies were able to connect Cristian Villarreal-Castillo with one additional burglary that was committed a few hours prior to him being arrested.

“Investigators believe Cristian Villarreal-Castillo gained entry into the residences through unlocked doors. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reminds citizens to double check the locks on all doors and windows when leaving or retiring for the evening.”

Villarreal-Castillo was lodged in the Washington County Jail and charged with two counts of burglary, attempted theft, trespassing and criminal mischief.

The investigation into this case continues.




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