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September 17, 2013
Burglary Suspect Caught in the Act as Numbers Continue to Drop

Martin Martinez, 47, is behind bars charged with attempted burglary, possession of burglary tools and resisting/obstructing an officer after officers caught him red-handed breaking into a car parked at the Holiday Inn Express located on the 3400 Block of Cerrillos Road on Sunday, September 15, 2013 just before 3 a.m.

Officer Cyle Durry was conducting a close patrol of the area and observed the suspect trying to break into a grey, 2012 Toyota Camry. Once the suspect saw the officer, he fled jumping over a wall but then got stuck between that wall and a chain link fence on the other side. The officer un-holstered his Taser and was able to get the suspect to comply without deploying his weapon.

Upon arrest the suspect, Martin Martinez, had a crowbar and flashlight in his possession.

The Camry’s back passenger window was broken, but nothing was missing according to the owner.

It is proactive work like Officer Durry’s that has the city on pace to set a record-low year for burglaries.

August alone saw a 19% drop in total burglaries compared to the same month last year, and residential burglaries were nearly cut in half with a 47% decrease in the same time period.

“The department will continue to tackle all city burglaries,” said Santa Fe Police Chief Raymond Rael. “So far this year, when compared to last, we have prevented 284 people from becoming victims of property crime, but we will not rest until that number falls to zero.” 

SFPD would like to remind the community to help our officers by removing valuables from vehicles, especially when they are parked at city trailheads and parks, please lock car/home windows and doors at all times and remove valuables from beds of pickup trucks to avoid theft.

 Marin Martinez

Martin Martinez has been arrested 22 times since 2001 for multiple crimes including burglary, breaking and entering, shoplifting, aggravated assault and battery.

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