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Smith, Adam James


While patrolling evacuation zones from the Thomas fire, police were able to nab a 32-year-old Lompoc man who was allegedly caught burglarizing a Montecito home Tuesday night.

At about 8:30 p.m., Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress at a residence in the 1000 block of Channel Drive in Montecito.

The property's on-site manager had received an alarm activation and reviewed surveillance video, which contained footage of an unknown male walking on the property before calling 911. 

Sheriff's deputies, along with mutual aid personnel assigned to patrol the evacuated fire areas, were dispatched to the scene to assist. Deputies from San Luis Obispo County and Santa Maria Police officers also arrived to set up a perimeter at the residence.

The property manager, who was monitoring the surveillance cameras, provided updated locations of the suspect to deputies and officers searching the property. 

Deputies were able to contact the suspect inside the home and directed him outside, where he was detained. The property manager spoke with deputies and confirmed that the suspect was not known to the property owners. 

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The suspect has been identified as Adam James Smith, of Lompoc.

Smith was arrested and transported to the Santa Barbara County Jail, where he was booked on charges of residential burglary and four outstanding warrants.

Smith is being held in custody without bail. 

Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times. Follow her on Twitter @gina_k210