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.