A representative from the Santa Clara County Jail has confirmed they are detaining a Milpitas burglary suspect. Terrell Rhoades was arrested in northeast Milpitas earlier last week. The incident unfolded late Monday afternoon when a resident took note of s suspicious man who was knocking on neighborhood doors. The man knocked at her door, she said, and she did not answer because she did not know him. A short time later she spotted the suspect in her back yard. He then tried to gain entry through her back sliding door. That is when the woman called for police assistance.
Officers arrived to the neighborhood a short time later. They started to set up a perimeter. Rhoades was spotted a short time later as he tried to evade capture. Police set up a larger perimeter and began searching back yard by back yard. The suspect was eventually captured through the help of the K-9 unit. His accomplice was not taken into custody and remains at large.
Rhoades was handcuffed and transported to the Santa Clara County Jail in order to be booked into the system. His background check uncovered he was out on bail for another crime at the time of his arrest. He also had an outstanding warrant. The defendant is reportedly being charged with resisting arrest, committing a crime while out on bail, burglary and prowling. Bail information was not immediately available but it is believed to have been set in excess of $50,000.
His accomplice has been described as being approximately 5 feet 7 inches in height. He was last seen wearing dark clothing. Anyone who believes they may have information that could lead to his capture are asked to contact Milpitas Police.
Law enforcement members say these types of door-knock burglaries have become more frequent in recent months. In this case the suspects will often strike during the day while people are at work. They will go door to door and knock to see if someone is home. If the resident answers they ask for someone who does not live there and pretend to have a mistaken address. If no one answers they see this as an all-clear signal that they can burglarize the home.