It was a scary sight for a 12-year-old boy – spotting a stranger at his front door.
San Bruno Police said Wednesday it fits a pattern they're seeing a lot more of lately.
The young boy told KTVU Wednesday night how he thwarted a suspected burglar the day before.
Tristian Garcia says the doorbell rang late Tuesday afternoon when his father was down the street, so Tristian went to look through the peephole and saw a strange man.
"No I didn't recognize him. I'd never seen him," said Tristian Garcia.
Tristian says the man went to the back door and up the stairs.
"I got scared. It was only me," he said.
So the boy phoned his father then ran to a neighbor's house.
Armando Garcia was around the corner and rushed home but couldn't find his son.
"I didn't find anyone. I tried to come through the door, it was locked," said Armando Garcia.
It turned out that while Garcia was searching the house the burglar was there too and hiding in a laundry room.
He tore a screen window to get out.
"After I went through the house inside came back out, then I noticed he was jumping out," said the father.
Garcia got a good look at the man and about 5 minutes later a few blocks away San Bruno police arrested Randy Christopher Norman, a 29-year-old San Bruno resident.
Officers found Norman with a gold high school ring that had Tristian's mother name on it, Mia Garcia.
San Mateo County Sheriff's deputies say people should be aware there have been a string of similar burglaries countywide.
"We're trying to get the word out about an MO that a lot of agencies are seeing, which is strangers coming up to the doors of homes and passing themselves off as being lost or solicitors trying to sell something," said Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt.
Mia Garcia said she was glad her son was okay.
"You need to try and protect and make awareness for your children, what to do and have a plan," she said.
Norman has been charged with burglary and committing a crime while on probation.
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