KING CITY — King City Police Department has arrested a suspect in connection with a residential burglary earlier this week.

At about 1:50 a.m. on July 26, local officers responded to the report of a burglary in the 1200 block of Amherst Drive in King City. The home’s occupants told police that they confronted a male suspect after he gained entrance to the residence.

Police said the suspect grabbed property belonging to the occupants and fled.

A follow-up investigation identified Mariano Flores Diaz, 39, of King City, as a possible suspect. 

“Evidence and statements obtained during the investigation confirmed Diaz’s involvement in the burglary,” police said in a news release.

Following a search warrant that was served at Diaz’s residence in King City on July 29 at about 6:30 a.m., Diaz was arrested and booked into Monterey County Jail for burglary.

“King City Police Department would like to thank the community for their assistance and continued support,” police said. “Please help us to keep you safe by locking your doors and windows at night and always report suspicious activity.”

Anyone with further information regarding this case is encouraged to contact KCPD at 831-385-4848 or the WeTip line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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