Crime

In town for the fire, SLO County deputies help catch Montecito burglary suspect

Adam James Smith
Adam James Smith

Deputies from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office and police from Santa Maria assisted in the arrest of a suspected burglar at a residence in Montecito.

The law enforcement officers were in the area as a result of a request for mutual aid from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office in response to the rapid growth of the Thomas Fire, now the second-largest wildfire in modern California history.

At 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, deputies from Santa Barbara County were dispatched to a reported burglary in progress at a residence in the 1000 block of Channel Drive. An on-site manager saw an unknown man walking on the property and called 911.

Law enforcement from the three agencies responded to the call and set up a perimeter. With assistance from the manager, they located the suspect, 32-year-old Adam James Smith of Lompoc. Smith was taken to Santa Barbara Jail on suspicion of residential burglary and four outstanding warrants. He is being held without bail.

Andrew Sheeler: 805-781-7934, @andrewsheeler

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