Alleged serial burglar arrested for third time this month

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The third try isn’t the charm for one Martinez resident.

Nineteen-year-old Antonio Neely of Martinez was arrested for the third time this month, on auto theft and burglary charges.

According to a release by the Martinez Police Department (MPD), a resident in the 4900 block of Alhambra Valley Road called dispatch around 2 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14, after witnessing a subject pushing a motorcycle down a neighbor’s driveway, attempting to bump start it and load it into a pickup truck.

Two minutes after being dispatched, the first officer arrived on scene and observed a subject running from a truck that had two motorcycles in the back. The officer detained the subject, later identified as Neely.

Neely admitted to driving the truck and loading the two motorcycles. MPD contacted those inside the residence, and it was determined the bikes and other property were stolen from the residence as the occupants were sleeping. Neely had allegedly returned to the home twice in order to steal property. MPD also contacted the owner of the truck, who was unaware it was stolen during the night.

Neely was arrested for three counts of auto theft and two counts of burglary of an occupied dwelling. He was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility.

All of the stolen property and vehicles were returned to the victims.

MPD said the suspect was apprehended due to the willingness of concerned citizens to call the police and assist in efforts to locate those suspected of criminal behavior.

The incident marked the eighth time Neely has been picked up by MPD in the last several months. His rap sheet of alleged crimes includes counts of Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Controlled Substance, Trespass, Auto Burglary, Identity Theft, Battery on Peace Officer and Petty Theft.

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