Video: Santa Fe firefighter catches thief in the act

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SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Video captured the moment a Santa Fe firefighter caught a thief in the act.

Miguel Rivas woke up Monday morning to get a drink of water and saw the suspect, 28-year-old Derek Martinez, taking his fire equipment out of his car.

Rivas grabbed his shotgun and his two Pitbull-mix dogs. The video shows he kept Martinez there until officers arrived.

Officers also found a crack pipe on the suspect.

Martinez has a long criminal history. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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