Two arrested for alleged burglary
On Sunday at approximately 4:36 p.m., Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s dispatch received a call of a burglary in progress at a business in the 4200-block of Dominion Road in Santa Maria.
Following a two-hour search of the area after two suspects fled the scene out a back door of the business, Deputy Moore and K9 partner Zeke tracked the two suspects approximately one mile from the business. They were reportedly hiding in a ditch.
55-year-old Joseph Edson and 33-year-old Felipe Ortiza were taken into custody without incident and booked at the Lompoc Jail for commercial burglary. The two were released with $0 bail in accordance with the local court’s extension of Emergency Rule 4.
Bomb Squad responds to another suspicious bag
The Bomb Squad responded to the Sheriff’s Headquarters for a suspicious bag at around 10:30 a.m. on Monday.
The abandoned backpack was safely opened and only personal items were inside.
No evacuations were necessary.
The scene was cleared by 12:30 p.m. and officials resumed normal operations.