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Burglar falls asleep, is arrested

Rock Creek resident wakes up and finds suspect on kitchen floor


by: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE  - Cristian Villarreal-CastilloA Rock Creek-area resident woke up early Friday morning and found a suspected burglar sleeping on the kitchen floor of the residence.

Cristian Villarreal-Castillo, 20, was arrested and charged with two counts of Burglary, Attempted Theft, Trespassing, and Criminal Mischief. He is lodged in the Washington County Jail on $100,000 bail.

The residence is in the Washington County Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District. According to the Washington County Sherif's Office, deputies were called to a residence in the 18700 block of Northwest Shadow Lane about a burglary at 4:48 a.m. on Sept. 21.

When deputies arrived, they found Villarreal-Castillo sleeping on the kitchen floor. Many items in the residence had been ransacked through in an apparent attempt to steal valuables. Deputies believe that Cristian Villarreal-Castillo entered the residence and was gathering items when he fell asleep.

When deputies took Villarreal-Castillo into custody, they found numerous small items in his possession that appear to have been stolen elsewhere. They included portable GPS units and other small electronics in his pants pockets. It is suspected the electronics were stolen from unlocked vehicles. Deputies were able to connect Cristian Villarreal-Castillo with one additional burglary that was committed a few hours prior to his arrest. More charged may be filed as the investigation proceeds.

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.