When St. Helena Police Officer Fil Bianco heard a strange knocking sound while on patrol Tuesday morning, he decided to follow it, stumbling upon an attempted burglary in progress, according to St. Helena Police.

The unusual knocking sound seemed to be coming from somewhere west of Bianco, who was near the intersection of Hunt and Main streets in downtown St. Helena. The noise led him to Money Way, where he found Domingo Parra, 30, of St. Helena trying to break into St. Helena Antiques, police said.

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Para was allegedly hammering a chisel blade between a brick wall and a sheet of plywood at the back of the store.

After being processed at the St. Helena jail, Para was booked into the Napa County jail on suspicion of attempted burglary, vandalism and being in possession of burglary tools.

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Public Safety Reporter

Maria Sestito is the Napa Valley Register public safety reporter. She covers breaking news as well as crime and courts. Maria came to the Napa Valley Register in 2015 after working at as a reporter and photographer at The Daily News in Jacksonville, NC. S