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Man suspected of stealing from family’s garage in Vista while armed with a knife

A 29-year-old man faces felony charges after he allegedly stole several items from a Vista family’s garage, then threatened one of the victims with a knife, authorities said.

The burglary happened on Saturday around 6:30 p.m. on North Santa Fe Avenue, just north of East Drive.

The burglar was allegedly working with another man who served as a lookout while he took items from the garage, sheriff’s Sgt. Austin Smith said in a statement.

Smith did not say what items were taken. Authorities recovered the items.

A neighbor noticed the burglary in progress and yelled at the lookout, which prompted a resident to check out his garage.

The victim confronted the burglar, who pulled a knife out of his pocket and told the victim not to call the police, Smith said. Then the two suspects ran away.

Sheriff’s deputies used a police dog and helicopter to search the area and detained two men. The victim was able to identify one of the men and he was arrested. He was booked into the Vista jail on suspicion of robbery and burglary and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to jail records. The other man was released.

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