NAMPA -- Police have arrested one man and several others are being questioned in connection with several burglaries in Canyon County.
Nampa man arrested in connection with stolen property
On Monday night, Nampa Police Chief Craig Kingsbury told KTVB they had arrested 36-year-old Michael Cope-Saldivar Jr. of Nampa for grand theft by possession and petit theft by possession.
Nampa Police Sgt. Tim Randall says it all started around 7 a.m. Monday when Canyon County Sheriff's deputies were investigating a burglary that had just happened.
Deputies followed witness tips and found a pickup with two burglary suspects and began a pursuit. For safety reasons, Kingsbury says the deputies didn't continue, but the truck crashed on the 400 block of 9th Avenue North in Nampa.
Two suspects ran away from the scene, but by following footprints in the snow, police were able to track down one of the suspects. He was questioned by detectives, which led police to Cope-Saldivar's residence on South Sugar Loop Lane.
Police, SWAT spend hours at suspect's home
A SWAT Team was called in and tactical officers went through the home looking for a second suspect. Randall says a heavy police presence and tactical team was needed because some of the stolen items were guns.
"The report from the burglaries was that numerous firearms were stolen so that's what the precaution is... because of the possibility of firearms. Right now, they're searching the residence, and it just takes time to slowly go through the residence and attic and crawl space and things like that to make sure the suspect isn't in there," Randall said during the search.
As of Monday night, the second suspect was not found inside the home on Sugar Loop Lane. Randall says three people at that home were taken to the police station for questioning. Inside Cope-Saldivar's home, officers recovered a stolen car, TVs and guns.
Kingsbury reports a Kia Spectra reported stolen on Friday was found in the garage, and he says the pickup from the initial pursuit was reported stolen on Saturday.
Police activity puts neighbors on edge
"I came home from lunch and there was cops everywhere, and I looked out the window for a while and saw the bomb squad pull up," said Stan Moore who lives across the street. "So I figured I better stay here in case the family needed to be evacuated or whatever."
Several neighbors said there are drug and graffiti issues in the area, and they see a lot of people coming and going from Cope-Saldivar's home. Moore said it made him nervous to see all of the police activity, but he was happy they were there taking care of the situation.
"It scares me to death that there's a need for that here, but I'm glad they are here," said Moore.
Kingsbury says more charges are possible. Cope-Saldivar's current charges are not related to stolen items from the Monday morning burglary, but previous cases.
Sheriff Kieren Donahue credits quick thinking from witnesses from the Monday morning burglary with helping deputies find the stolen pickup and suspects. Kingsbury is reminding people to lock doors during the day and night time hours and to call police if anything appears suspicious.