A Dublin man suspected of smashing and entering three San Leandro businesses was swiftly apprehended early Wednesday morning after a witness provided the tip that led to his arrest 10 minutes after committing his last alleged burglary.
San Leandro police believe that 40-year-old Brian Anderson of Dublin threw stones through windows of three businesses: Galvan’s Market at 368 MacArthur Blvd.; Portofino’s Italian Restaurant at 599 Dutton Ave.; and Purple Pepper Pizza at 368 MacArthur Blvd.
The break-ins occurred between 1:00 am and 2:10 am Wednesday. In each instance, the burglar took either the cash register or money from the till.
Police say that during the burglary at Galvan’s Market a witness phoned in the license plate of the suspect's vehicle.
A registration check of the plate led to Anderson's residence in Dublin. Alameda County Sheriff's deputies were told to be on the lookout for his car, a Saturn.
About 10 minutes after the last burglary occurred, Sheriff's deputies spotted Anderson driving the Saturn near Mattox and Foothill in Castro Valley.
Police say Anderson led the deputies on a low speed chase which ended without incident near Hesperian and Lewelling Boulevards.
San Leandro police officers took custody of Anderson, and searched his car where they say they found broken glass and large stones similar to the ones used in the burglaries.
San Leandro police arrested Anderson in 2009 for multiple “window smash” commercial burglaries. A department spokesman said he was convicted and served some time.