A resident of Fountain Valley returned home this week to find a thief in her garage, and thanks to the eagle eye of a witness, police were able to make an arrest.
Fountain Valley police have arrested Hammoudeh Elnajjar, 26, of Fountain Valley on suspicion of residential burglary. Bail was set at $50,000.
Police believe Elnajjar was in the garage when a woman in the 17300 block of Walnut Street came home. Seeing her, he fled in a white Lexus SUV, according to a Fountain Valley Police Department press release.
A nearby witness took down the license plate number, and officers went on the hunt, the release says. Meanwhile, the victim found the inside of her house ransacked, with a safe, U.S. currency and jewelry missing.
Police found Elnajjar in the same neighborhood.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Det. Avila at 714-593-4466