Two Santa Maria men suspected of burglarizing vehicles in San Luis Obispo are in County Jail on a host of charges, including assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon, after they nearly struck an officer with a truck during a getaway last week, the police department said.
When officers found the truck on Ella Street, the U-Haul accelerated quickly and drove toward the police vehicle’s driver-side door; the officer narrowly avoided being hit, a news release said. The U-Haul then hit a parked car and was found nearby, though both suspects had fled.
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The department said fingerprints, property and other evidence in the truck led investigators to Antonio Javier Tanner-Galvan, 24, and Alberto Macias Jr., 22, both of Santa Maria, as suspects. Tanner-Galvan is suspected in 10 thefts of motorcycles and trailers; one motorcycle was recovered inside the U-Haul, the department said.
Both men were arrested during a traffic stop in Santa Maria on Feb. 2 and remained in custody in lieu of $70,000 bail Tuesday. Investigators are determining whether the men may be connected to a recent series of window-smash burglaries along Los Osos Valley Road.