San Carlos resident returns home, encounters brazen burglar

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A San Carlos resident arrived home last week to find a man walking out of her driveway carrying her belongings. After threatening to harm the resident, the suspect fled and allegedly went on a credit card shopping spree. Surveillance video footage from businesses where he used the cards helped lead to his arrest the following day.

The incident occurred Tuesday, May 28, between 8:45 a.m. and 9:48 a.m. in the 1000 block of McCue Avenue, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect, who was unknown to the victim, forced entry through a rear garage door and stole various items, the sheriff’s office said.

At about 9:48 a.m., the victim returned home and saw the suspect leaving with her stuff and confronted him. He threatened to harm her and fled, the sheriff’s office said.

About an hour after the burglary, the victim’s stolen credit cards were used at multiple businesses in San Bruno. Surveillance video at these businesses, along with “a former acquaintance who saw him in the area,” helped identify the suspect as 38-year-old Mark Puzon of Daly City, the sheriff’s office said.

Puzon was arrested Wednesday with help from the Daly City police. He was booked into County Jail on multiple counts of identity theft, fraudulent use of an access card and commercial burglary.

The case remains under investigation, and anyone with information are asked to contact Detective Jesse Myers at 650-363-4050, Detective Gaby Chaghouri at 650-363-4060 of the Anonymous Tip-Line at 1-800-547-2700.