On June 3, at 6:15 a.m., officers from the City of Carlsbad Police Department responded to a report of a burglary at a business in the 6300 block of Corte Del Abeto.
The caller reported that he arrived at work and discovered that the front glass door of his business was shattered. The reporting party subsequently 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.
The suspect was identified as Steven Wells-Wentz of Carlsbad. After being arrested, Wells-Wentz was found to be in possession of a large pepper spray canister and multiple burglary tools.
Wells-Wentz was booked at the Vista Detention Facility for Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, Possession of Illegal Tear Gas, Felon in Possession of Tear Gas and Felony Vandalism.
For more information Mike Larson, Police Sergeant, Patrol Division, 760-931-2197 or Mike.firstname.lastname@example.org
Police media contact Jodee Sasway, Public Information Officer, 760-931-2105 or Jodee.Sasway@carlsbadca.gov