Following a pursuit and the arrest of two teenagers Monday, Omaha police have arrested a third suspect.
According to police, 18-year-old Nelson Martinez, a 17-year-old male, and a 16-year-old male were booked for one count, each, of burglary. Police said the investigation is still underway and are not releasing Martinez's mug shot, at this time.
They were were booked for one count each of burglary. One suspect is a 16-year-old male. The other suspect is identified as 18-year-old Nelson Martinez. Investigators are looking into the possibility that these two are involved in additional burglaries in Omaha and Ralston.
Just after one o'clock Monday afternoon, an Omaha police officer attempted to stop a vehicle that matched the description of one used in area burglaries. The officer reported two suspects in their late teens got out and ran away.
The suspects split up.
"Both the suspects took off running in two different areas,” said Omaha Police Lieutenant Staci Witkowski. “We had two different perimeters set up."
Those were in the area of 16th and J Streets. As officers chased the suspects, they reported seeing both of them discarding items.
Lt. Witkowski said, "As they were running, they were getting rid of backpacks, things of that nature we believed to have stolen items in it. We did find items in the vehicle they were first located in."
Police told WOWT 6 News several stolen item have been recovered from that vehicle.
The suspects were found hiding in the backyard of two separate homes.
George Parks just moved to the neighborhood in May. He said this type of criminal activity was common in Ohio but surprised him here in Omaha. He’s grateful the suspects were caught.
"You have trouble everywhere and you just appreciate the police department that stick their neck out during Christmastime, that we might have a safe and decent holiday, everywhere we go," he said.
Spring Lake Elementary School, at 20th and G Street, was in lock out as a precaution during the search. The term means students inside went on, business as usual, but all doors to the school were locked.