Santa Maria police chased two juveniles who allegedly stole a firearm and ammunition from a home on Monday, prompting the lockdown of an elementary school.
At about 1:25 p.m., police received a report of a burglary on the 400 block of E. Newlove Drive, according to the Santa Maria Police Department. Officers arrived at the scene and found two suspects running away from the area.
Officers chased one of the suspects and managed to capture him after a brief struggle. While police struggled with the suspect, he dropped ammunition that had been stolen from the home.
Police then set up a perimeter around the neighborhood and searched for the second suspect, whom they believed was in possession of the stolen firearm. A CHP helicopter and a police K-9 unit assisted with the search.
Following an extensive search, officers found the second suspect hiding in bushes near an adjacent street. When officers contacted him, he tried to flee, but was apprehended nearby.
Police continued to search the neighborhood for the stolen gun. Officers ultimately found the weapon near the location of the burglary.
Officials are not disclosing the identities of the two suspects who were arrested because they are juveniles. Investigators are trying to determine whether there is a connection between Monday’s incident and several other residential burglaries that have been reported in Santa Maria over the past week.
The nearby Battles Elementary School was placed on lockdown during the chase.