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.