By the Daily Post staff
A man has been arrested after going into a Palo Alto home and rummaging around inside until the homeowner yelled at him to leave, police said.
Earlier in the day, the same man was found sleeping in another resident’s backyard but officers decided not to take him to jail, police said.
Wayne Darko, 35, of San Jose, was arrested on Monday afternoon on the 1100 block of Ramona Street.
A man in his 70s called police after Darko allegedly went inside his house through the unlocked front door. The resident heard the door open and found Darko looking through his things, police said.
The resident yelled at Darko to get out of his house, and Darko ran without taking anything, police said.
Police had contact with Darko in the morning, just before 8 a.m. on the 300 block of Kingsley Avenue. Another resident called police after he or she found Darko sleeping in a backyard.
Darko had two outstanding warrants, one for resisting arrest in Santa Cruz County and the other for vandalism, theft, trespassing and resisting arrest in Sunnyvale, police said. Officers cited him in the morning for the Sunnyvale case and opted not to take him to jail for the Santa Cruz warrant, which couldn’t be cleared with a citation.
The resident didn’t ask police to arrest Darko with trespassing, so he was let go.
Darko is now charged with residential burglary. He is in jail with bail set at $60,000.