Quick action by alert citizens led Danville Police to arrest a man in connection with a residential burglary near the intersection of Paraiso Drive. and Everett Place. Police Chief Steve Simpkins said police received a report of a suspicious couple running down the street with a rifle case and duffel bag around 11:05 a.m.
Officers were able to take a female suspect into custody, but a male suspect evaded capture, leaving the rifle case and duffel bag behind. The rifle case had a shotgun inside and the duffel bag contained jewelry and electronics. All the property was stolen from a residence on Everett Drive.
Officers searched the surrounding neighborhoods with the assistance of the San Ramon Police Department and the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office, during which time lockdowns for nearby John Baldwin Elementary, Greenbrook Elementary and Charlotte Wood Middle schools were ordered. The "shelter in place" ordinance was lifted earlier this afternoon.
Danville Police Detective Brian Sliger later found the suspect, 20-year-old Danville resident Joseph Cefalou, in the backyard of a home on Liberta Court. Cefalou was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary, possession of stolen property and probation violation and was booked at the Martinez Detention Facility. The female suspect is a juvenile and was released pending further investigation.
Chief Simpkins said the pair had no motive and the burglary appears to be random.