FRONT ROYAL — A local man was arrested after the Front Royal Police Department responded to an alleged breaking and entering involving a firearm Sunday night.

Jose Luis Garza-Zarate, 35, of the 600 block of Warren Avenue, is charged with burglary, grand larceny of a firearm, reckless handling of a firearm, and destruction of property valued at less than $1,000.

According to a criminal complaint, Garza-Zarate was found by police on the back porch of his home and was detained. He was found after police entered through his open front door and conducted a protective sweep of his place.

According to police, a neighbor reported seeing Garza-Zarate through the glass of their home when they arrived at their house and went to unlock the front door, according to the complaint. The complaint states that the neighbor's house was likely entered through a basement door that was forced open. 

Nobody else was found in Garza-Zarate’s residence, but a Glock handgun stolen from the neighbor’s house was found on the living room couch, court documents state. The gun was loaded when it was taken but empty when it was found, court documents state.

Prior to Garza-Zarate’s arrest, the department received a report of shots being fired in the general area, the complaint states. Nothing was located at the time, but shell casings were found behind a business around the corner of where the alleged break-in happened, according to court documents. Shots had been fired into the wall, the complaint states.

Garza-Zarate is being held at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail without a bond set. He is due in Warren County General District Court at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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