Lake Oswego police arrest construction site burglary suspect

Rosendo Sanchez-Martinez. (Photo: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office)

Police arrested a 24-year-old man early Thursday morning after he and another burglary suspect tripped an alarm at a construction site.

Police responded to the alarm at “The Springs at Lake Oswego” site at 3900 Kruse Way Place shortly before 2 a.m.

Once there, they saw two suspects fleeing the construction site through an opening cut into the property’s chain-linked fence.

Police found one of the suspects, Rosendo Sanchez-Martinez, hiding under a nearby bus and arrested him.

They said Sanchez-Martinez, a convicted felon, had hidden a pistol under one of the bus’s tires.

Police said they also seized a stolen Jeep that was parked next to the bus. They also said they found narcotics, stolen wire and a stolen handgun at the construction site.

The second suspect got away.

Rosendo Sanchez-Martinez was taken to the Clackamas County Jail where he faces charges of second-degree burglary, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of heroin and trespass with a firearm and theft. Police said he also had a warrant for his arrest for meth.

Lt. Darryl Wrisley, with the Lake Oswego Police Department, said the suspects were likely after the copper in electrical wiring.

“It’s really common for thieves to go into construction sites and steal electrical wire and anything copper, because it’s such a high value,” he said.

Police suspect the thieves sell the copper for drug money.

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