A burglary suspect that police say used a barbeque grill cover in a failed attempt to hide from officers was arrested Thursday morning in northwest Fresno, Sgt. Tony Bustos said.
William Collins, 43, was arrested after a resident near the 1400 block of West Locust Avenue called police to report that he caught a man that turned out to be Collins trying to break into his car. The resident tried to hold Collins down, but Collins broke away, Bustos said. Officers searching for him were tipped off by another citizen that the suspect was hiding nearby and they spotted Collins using the barbeque cover as camouflage and took him into custody.
Bustos said that Collins was found to be in possession of U.S. Postal Service keys and that he may face federal charges in addition to charges of attempted auto theft, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools. He has previously been convicted of assault on a peace officer and assault with a deadly weapon.