PITTSBURG — A man has been arrested after a local resident came home to find a burglary in progress, according to police.


Shortly before noon Wednesday, a resident in the 500 block of N. Walnut Street in Pittsburg received an alarm through their automated surveillance system that someone was inside their home.


The resident returned home to discover their residence was being burglarized at that time, according to the Pittsburg Police Department, and in the process surprised the intruder, who then allegedly fled the scene on foot.


A description of the suspect was provided to responding law enforcement officers. While en route to the scene, a detective observed the suspect going into another residence on that same block.


Officers then went to the residence the suspect was seen going into, resulting in the suspect allegedly fleeing out the back door. A brief foot pursuit then ensued, but the suspect was apprehended shortly afterward and taken into custody without further incident.


Gary L. Murphy, 59, of Pittsburg, was arrested in connection with one count of felony burglary to a residence, one count of misdemeanor theft, one count of misdemeanor criminal damage and one count of felony interference with law enforcement. When Murphy was apprehended, items belonging to the victim were allegedly located on his person. Those items were then returned to their rightful owner by officers.


Murphy was transported to the Crawford County Jail and was being held Wednesday in lieu of a $5,000 bond.


The burglary incident was still under investigation Wednesday. Anyone having information related to this incident, or other crimes, is urged to contact the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-1700, or at the automated tip line, 620-231-TIPS (8477).