Man arrested in connection with Maxwell burglaries

A 20-year-old Maxwell man is behind bars after Colusa County Sheriff’s Office investigators say he burglarized multiple classrooms at Maxwell High School on March 25, and the Maxwell Transfer Station the following day. 

Colusa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Martin Torres Mendez on Monday afternoon, after serving a search warrant at his home on the 200 block of South Pacific St. in Maxwell. Deputies recovered stolen property from a pair of burglaries that took place last week in town. 

The first of the burglaries took place over the weekend of March 24-25, at Maxwell High School. According to the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office, they were dispatched to the school at around 12 PM on March 25, in regards to the burglary. Through their investigation, deputies learned that a suspect had forced entry through a doorway to one of the classrooms at the high school, gaining access to the library. From there, investigators said that Mendez was able to access multiple other classrooms. 

Sgt. Jose Ruiz said that an estimated $5,291 in property was stolen from the high school, including an unknown amount of cash, gift cards, security cameras, and multiple digital cameras, among other miscellaneous items. 

Officials said that Mendez damaged an additional $7,500 in property in the commission of the burglary – mainly from damage to door frames. Mendez also stole a master key for the school, which could require the school district to re-key all of their locks, Ruiz said.

The second burglary took place last Monday, March 26, at the Maxwell Transfer Station. According to Ruiz, Mendez stole a computer and a monitor from that location, valued at $15,500, and was recorded taking the property by surveillance cameras on site.

The property stolen from both burglaries was recovered at Mendez’s residence in Maxwell, Ruiz said.

“Through our investigation, we identified Mendez as a suspect and the Sheriff’s Office conducted further follow up,” said Ruiz. “We believe that most, if not all the items were recovered.”■

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Brian Pearson is the Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects include reporting on local government and the newly feature sports page. To contact Brian about this article, or for future articles, please email him at brian@colusacountynews.net