Crime

Nipomo man arrested for trying to burglarize his neighbor’s home, sheriff says

Jim Montez III, 19, of Nipomo was arrested Friday, February 2, 2018, on suspicion of burglary.
Jim Montez III, 19, of Nipomo was arrested Friday, February 2, 2018, on suspicion of burglary.

Update: The charges of trespassing and burglary against Jim Montez III were dropped on Feb. 7. Montez was instead charged with public intoxication.

Original story: A Nipomo woman was home alone early Friday morning when a next-door neighbor reportedly broke into a detached unit in a burglary attempt, officials say.

About 4 a.m. Friday, sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of a burglary in progress in a detached unit of a home located in the 900 block of W. Tefft Street, according to a news release from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

When deputies arrived, they found 19-year-old Jim Montez III “rummaging through the unit,” the release said.

Montez III, who officials said lives next door, was arrested on suspicion of burglary. He was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail, and bail was set at $50,000.

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