An alert deputy caught a would-be burglar in the process of burglarizing a Bradenton auto dealership early Saturday morning.
George Thomas Perriera was booked into the Manatee County Jail where he is being held without bond due to a probation violation charge.
The 42-year-old suspect has an extensive arrest record having served two stints in the state prison system.
According to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office report a deputy was dispatched to 5325 14th St. West, the home of Autoway Ford, just after midnight in response to an alarm call.
The deputy determined a motion sensor in the middle shop of the business had been triggered. When he went to investigate he noticed a bay door was wide open on the north side of the building.
He also spotted an unidentified white male fleeing from the building, heading east on foot. The deputy yelled for the suspect, later identified as Perriera, to stop but he would not comply.
The suspect was captured approximately 100 feet behind the dealership in a heavily wooded area. Perreira was on his hands and knees crawling in the brush when he was captured.
Investigators are still trying to determine if anything was taken from the business. In 2008 deputies arrested the suspect for a similar burglary at an automotive shop in the area.
Perriera has been convicted of crimes in Brevard and Manatee counties. His previous arrests included drug, grand theft, burglary and battery charges.
He was charged with one count of burglary of an unoccupied structure.
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