Burglary victim halts second break-in : Corpus Christi Local | Caller-Times |CORPUS CHRISTI — A 56-year-old man staked out his burglarized house, telling police he was sure the burglar would return to take property left stacked in the home which is under construction.
The first break-in was Sunday in the 14000 block of Playa Del Ray.
Nothing was taken, but the homeowner saw someone had stacked floor tiles, a ceiling fan and other construction materials near the door.
The homeowner’s suspicions proved correct at about 5 a.m. Monday.
He heard someone trying to force open the garage door. He ran outside, confronted a man and a struggle began.
The man got away and into a car, as the homeowner and a neighbor fired several shots into the car’s engine block and tires. The man was not hit by gunfire, but crashed the car into some brush a few blocks away.
Police searched the area and arrested Eric Martinez, 27.
Police also found a half-ounce of methamphetamine in the car.
Martinez was in the Nueces County Jail Monday on suspicion of burglary of a building, delivery of a controlled substance and evading arrest. His bonds totaled $32,000.