The incident occurred at 8:56 a.m. when a Sheriff's Office deputy who was on patrol noticed a gold-colored BMW convertible parked outside a residence in the 4200 block of Dominion Road that he knew to be vacant, said sheriff's spokesman Raquel Zick.
As the deputy approached the house, Zick said, two suspects ran out of the back side of the residence and into a neighboring agriculture field.
A sheriff's K-9, along with units from the California Highway Patrol and a Santa Barbara County Air Support unit, responded to the scene to assist with a perimeter search.
Two Santa Maria men arrested on Sunday are accused of stealing $350 worth of hemp and crashing a stolen car, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said.
Within 20 minutes, police arrested 41-year-old Joseph Julian Martinez, of Arroyo Grande, Zick said.
A second suspect — described as a Hispanic male standing five feet 7 inches tall with short hair, wearing a gold Chicago Bulls jacket and blue jeans — remains on the run and was last seen headed southwest of the residence, according to Zick.
Martinez was booked at the Lompoc Jail on suspicion of burglary, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of burglary tools and prowling. His bail was set at $20,000.
A Santa Barbara County Superior Court judge in January dismissed a pair of assault-related charges stemming from an incident in which two alleged gang members, including an Operation Matador defendant, attacked an inmate inside jail last October, court records show.
A Lompoc man on Friday was sentenced to 30 years-to-life in prison for the rape of his step-daughter during an emotional hearing inside a filled courtroom in which the victim and family members read numerous emotional impact statements.
A Pismo Beach bookkeeper on Monday was arrested and charged with bilking more than $5 million from two San Luis Obispo County agricultural businesses for more than a decade following a police investigation spanning nine months, according to District Attorney Dan Dow.
An Operation Matador defendant in January filed an opposition to a prosecution motion for an anonymous jury in the first of two back-to-back gang trials trials expected to begin this May in Santa Maria, according to court documents.
A 37-year-old man was identified as the victim killed in a Friday morning DUI-related fatal collision between two vehicles that occurred near the intersection of Blosser and Stowell roads, according to a Santa Maria Police spokesman.