Deputies: Burglary suspect steals close to home

2014-07-23T13:00:00Z 2014-07-23T18:33:13Z Deputies: Burglary suspect steals close to homeKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 23, 2014 1:00 pm  • 

A suspected burglar didn’t travel far from home to steal, authorities say.

He just pedaled his bicycle around the corner, according to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

Just before 3 p.m. Monday, deputies responded to a call about a burglary at a home in the 6100 block of South Holly Drive near South Palo Verde and East Valencia roads.

Witnesses said four suspects fled the home, one on a bicycle. They found the bike in the front yard of a house around the corner, in the 6000 block of South Palo Verde Road.

Deputies surrounded the home and detained the occupants. One, 27-year-old Martin Santa Maria, ran from the home but was caught. Witnesses identified him as one of the burglars, a Sheriff’s Department news release stated.

During a search of the house, detectives found items taken in the burglary. They found additional stolen items in a nearby wash.

Santa Maria was booked into the Pima County jail and faces a charge of second-degree burglary. He also has three outstanding felony warrants: one from the sheriff’s department for armed robbery; one for failure to appear in court on a theft charge from another law enforcement agency; and one from the U.S. Marshals Service for a probation violation relating to narcotics charges.

Anyone with information about the remaining suspects in the case should call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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