CARLSBAD–A Carlsbad man was arrested and charged with burglary of a business, Carlsbad police said Friday.
The burglary suspect was identified as Steven Wells-Wentz. After he was arrested, Wells-Wentz was found to be in possession of a large pepper spray canister and multiple burglary tools.
Police officers early Friday morning responded to a report of a burglary at a business in the 6300 block of Corte Del Abeto in Carlsbad. The caller reported that he arrived at work and discovered that the front glass door of his business was shattered. The reporting party went to the rear of the business and armed himself with a knife. After calling out to the suspect inside, the reporting party heard rustling from inside. The reporting party went back to the front and saw the suspect attempting to flee on foot northbound through the industrial complex. The reporting party confronted the suspect and held him at knifepoint until police arrived.
Wells-Wentz was booked at the Vista Detention Center for burglary, possession of burglary tools, possession of illegal tear gas, felon in possession of tear gas, and felony vandalism.