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Three arrested for string of San Marcos burglaries

Police say Ulises Pompa Ochoa, 20, Jose Francisco Pompa, 21, and Alexandro Castillo, 21, were arrested early Thursday morning after officers set up surveillance at Elliot Electrical Supply, 1904 Dutton Drive. (Photos courtesy: San Marcos Police Department)

UPDATE: Three men have been arrested for a series of recent burglaries in San Marcos.

Police say Ulises Pompa Ochoa, 20, Jose Francisco Pompa, 21, and Alexandro Castillo, 21, were arrested early Thursday morning after officers set up surveillance at Elliot Electrical Supply, 1904 Dutton Drive.

The San Marcos Police Department says officers saw two passenger cars approach the store with their lights out. Four men left the vehicles, pried open the front door, and began removing items.

Ochoa was arrested when officers moved on the burglars, but the other three fled into a nearby field. A K-9 officer found Pompa and deployed his police dog, Diesel, when he did not comply with officers’ commands. Medics treated him for puncture injuries to the arm, and he declined treatment at the hospital, police say.

Castillo was hiding nearby and surrendered to police after seeing what happened to Pompa. The fourth suspect escaped.

The three that were captured have all been charged with burglary of a building and evading arrest.

Anyone with information on the escaped suspect is asked to call Detective Aubry at 512-753-2306.

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EARLIER:

Police in San Marcos are asking for the public's help in identifying four suspects from two burglaries last week.

It happened Thursday, May 25. The first burglary happened at approximately 11:15 p.m. at Power Haus Equipment located at 111 E. Martin Luther King Dr. The second about 12 minutes later at Hofmann’s Supply located at 440 S. Guadalupe St.

Police say the suspects stole several Stihl brand chainsaws, Stihl brand backpack blowers, an Echo brand backpack blower, a welder, Yeti coolers, and Yeti cups.

They used two different vehicles. One was a dark-colored, four-door Ford Fusion, possibly with black rims, and a newer model, dark-colored, four-door Nissan, possibly an Altima or Maxima. The Nissan had paper tags, according to detectives.

Police say three of the suspects are described as white or Hispanic men, one appears to have bleach blonde hair. The fourth suspect never exited the car.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Aubry at 512-753-2306.

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