PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – A Phoenix man is facing felony charges of burglary and a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty after allegedly hitting a dog with a broom when he broke into a home. According to charges filed by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, police believe Martin Alex Solis broke into one house on Feb. 4, and a second one on Feb. 10.
According to court documents, Solis, 19, was recorded on a security camera smashing a window to get into a house in the neighborhood southeast of 15th Avenue and Dobbins Road on Monday Feb. 10. Police say the camera recorded him hitting the dog that lives there twice, including once on the snout or face with a broom handle. The dog did not require treatment, police said. The probable cause statement says when Solis saw the camera, he took it down and pocketed it. Police say he had the camera on him when they arrested him.
When investigators asked him about the dog, he said he hit it to keep it away from him because he did not want to get bitten. He also reportedly told police that he “does the burglaries with the intent to take the property to a drug house and trade it for drugs.” He said he would have gotten one pill for the camera, according to the probable cause for arrest statement.
The victim in the earlier burglary picked Solis, who was already on probation for burglary and organized retail theft (ORT), out of a photo lineup. Police said he was recorded on surveillance video then, too, and was wearing the same clothes. Detectives asked him about that burglary but did not get a straight answer. “Martin advised that he does so many crimes and is always on drugs so he does not remember that far back,” explains the probable cause statement.
The Maricopa County Attorney's Office filed charges against Solis on Wednesday, Feb. 12, two days after his arrest for the second burglary.