Police: Alert mail carrier, neighbor help stop burglaries

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) A pair of burglaries were stopped by alert bystanders, police said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, police believe at least one suspect from these incidents might be connected to "additional offenses in the Bakersfield area."

Officers were first called around 10:20 a.m. to Vista Verde Way, near Stockdale Country Club, by a mail carrier who heard a house alarm and saw two people running to a waiting car. The mail carrier was able to get the license plate number of the car.

Police said they found the house with the door kicked in, but nothing seemed to be taken.

Just over an hour later, officers were called to Rockridge Way, several miles to the west near Stockdale Highway and Buena Vista Road. An alert neighbor reported seeing two people get out of a car, look into garage windows and enter a backyard.

Officers arrived to find the same car described to them from the Vista Verde Way break-in.

Melanie Martinez, 22, of Lamont, was in the driver's seat and talking on a cellphone. A juvenile suspect jumped the fence out of the backyard and started running toward the car. They were both taken into custody.

The another person who was seen entering the backyard, 18-year-old Glenn Sagan, of Bakersfield, tried to escape into the neighborhood, but police caught him several blocks away after setting up a perimeter.

The house on Rockridge Way hadn't been broken into, police said.

Police believe the juvenile in this case has been involved in at least four additional offenses in the Bakersfield area in the past month. Five guns were stolen during one of those past offenses.

Anyone with information helpful to the ongoing investigation is asked to call Detective John Talbot at (661) 326-3919.