The manhunt ends with a police dog dragging alleged serial burglars

LOS ANGELES, CA – A day-long manhunt ended Thursday morning with a suspected serial burglar in custody after a police dog dragged him out of the bushes in Shadow Hills near Hansen Dam.

Benjamin Renteria, 25, who had been the subject of an intense manhunt since Monday, was arrested Wednesday night near Wheatland Avenue and Wentworth Street, the LAPD reported. He was charged with burglary and held on bail of $ 240,000.

Police say Renteria is suspected of being involved in a series of break-ins in the San Fernando Valley and Shadow Hills areas. On Monday, a SWAT team and K-9 units were called in to search for him after he found himself near the Green Verdugo Reservoir just off the Foothill (210) Freeway on Los Angeles Department of Water and Power property had been sighted. He escaped a police area and ran into the surrounding hills.

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Late on Wednesday evening, a police dog contacted Renteria in an area of ​​thick vegetation and began tugging his arm before police officers arrived to arrest him. The wanted man had previously been seen crawling through the bushes in the area while trying to evade police.

Detectives believe Renteria is the same man who was spotted by surveillance cameras armed with a rifle multiple times. Although none of the break-ins he is suspected of were violent, authorities were concerned about the possibility that he could become violent, as he was often seen with guns and rifles.

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Benjamin Renteria, 25, who had been the subject of an intense manhunt since Monday, was arrested Wednesday night near Wheatland Avenue and Wentworth Street, the LAPD (LAPD) reported.

In one incident, the man aimed a gun at a security guard but did not fire the gun, LAPD Sgt. Eddie Gutierrez told KTLA5 on Tuesday.

City News Service and Patch Representative Paige Austin contributed to this report.

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The manhunt ends with a police dog dragging alleged serial burglars

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