Coastal Bureau Operations
Jan. 19 – Jan. 25
Monday, Jan. 20
12 p.m. / Outside Agency Assist / 4600 block Carpinteria Avenue
Los Angeles County Homicide Detectives were in the area investigating a suspicious Missing Persons case originally documented by a deputy in Goleta. Deputies assisted with scene security and a tow of two vehicles to the Range so Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Forensics could process the vehicles. The vehicles were later towed to the County Impound yard.
3 p.m. / Shoplifting / 1000 block Casitas Pass Road
The manager of a drug store reported that two men in a two-door truck stole adult diapers.
Monday, Jan. 20
11:53 p.m. / Controlled Substance Use / Dorrance Way
A man was contacted and admitted to recent use of meth. He consented to an exam and his urine tested positive for methamphetamines. The man was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail.
Tuesday, Jan. 21
12:32 p.m. / Outside Agency Assist (Structure Fire) / La Paloma Drive
Deputies were requested to assist Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District with a structure fire at a residence on La Paloma Drive. Deputes assisted with traffic control.
Wednesday, Jan. 22
10:41 a.m. / Warrant Arrest / Poplar and Hickory streets
Deputies observed a man in the area whom they knew had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The man was taken into custody and admitted to being in possession of a sharp weapon in his pocket. Deputies removed an 8-inch metal spike with a rope wrapped around one end as a handle. The man was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail for the warrant and possession of a dirk/dagger.
5:16 p.m. / Traffic Collision / Bailard Avenue
Deputies responded to a report that a “car fell on someone.” Upon arrival, deputies learned that the vehicle’s owner was hit by his unlicensed girlfriend. The car was parked in the driveway. The girlfriend started the vehicle and it “lurched forward.” The owner was momentarily pinned against the garage wall. His knee was hurt, but he did not require medical attention.
9:21 p.m. / Stolen Vehicle / Casitas Pass Road
Deputies responded to a fast-food restaurant on a report of subjects—two females and a male—trying to break into a vehicle in the parking lot. Upon arrival, nobody was near the vehicle. A vehicle registration check came back stolen out of Santa Barbara. Suspect descriptions were obtained. The male subject was found in the area, and he fled down the Casitas Pass Road onramp for southbound Highway 101. The man was detained on the onramp and brought back to the fast-food restaurant. The two females were later located on a sidewalk nearby, and detained. Video from the fast-food restaurant showed them driving into the parking lot and getting out of the vehicle. An “in-field show-up” confirmed they were with the stolen vehicle.
All three suspects, who live in Santa Barbara were arrested. The 23-year-old man was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail, and the two women were taken to juvenile hall.
Thursday, Jan. 23
6:58 a.m. / Vehicle Theft / Hickory Street
Sometime between Jan. 22 at 10 p.m. and Jan. 23 at 6:30 a.m., an unknown suspect(s) stole the victim’s truck from his driveway.
2:45 p.m. / Felony Vandalism / Carpinteria High School
Deputies responded to a 911 call at the high school to investigate the report of a combative teacher who had recently been fired and refusing to leave. A temporary teacher of about 10 days was let go by the school district. The man returned to his classroom and caused about $750 in damage. He was arrested for felony vandalism. No other charges were desired. An Emergency Protective Order was requested, granted and served.
Friday, Jan. 24
6:49 a.m. / Vandalism / Sterling Avenue
Unknown suspect(s) likely used a BB gun to break the rear hatch window to the victim’s vehicle. The vehicle was parked in the roadway near the victim’s residence. Victim estimated the damage to be in excess of $2,000.
6:52 a.m. / Vandalism / Via Real
Unknown suspect(s) likely used a BB gun to break the driver’s window to the victim’s vehicle. The vehicle was parked in the roadway near the victim’s residence. Damage is estimated to be less than $400.
6:38 a.m. / Attempted Burglary / Via Real
Sometime in the night of Jan. 23, unknown suspect(s) forced entry to several locations at a nursery located on Via Real and removed property. Most of the stolen property was recovered near the eastern fence line of the property.
7:37 a.m. / Vandalism / Sterling Avenue
Unknown suspect(s) likely used a BB gun to break the rear hatch window to the victim’s vehicle. The vehicle was parked in the roadway near the victim’s residence. Damage is estimated to be in excess of $700.
8:27 p.m. / Vandalism / Eleanor Drive
Unknown suspect(s) likely used a BB gun to break the rear hatch window to the victim’s vehicle. The vehicle was parked in the roadway near the victim’s residence. Damage is estimated to be less than $400. *Besides the above noted vandalisms, there were an additional five victims who could not be contacted or did not request a report. Three on 8th Street near Carpinteria Middle School, one possibly from Linden Avenue, and one on Via Real/Santa Ynez.
7:20 a.m. / Narcotics and Possession of Stolen Property / Carpinteria Avenue
While on his way to work as a construction worker on the Linden Overpass, a man made an unsafe lane change. He was contacted and found to be displaying a stolen license plate on his vehicle that is current and registered to him. The man was also found to be in possession of almost an ounce of meth and a used meth pipe. He was arrested and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail.
7:31 p.m. / Vehicle-Pedestrian Collision / 5500 block Carpinteria Avenue
An intoxicated female walked into traffic and was struck by a vehicle who did not see her. She was uninjured in the collision. She was taken home by a friend.
8:06 p.m. / Petty Theft / 5900 block Via Real
At some time over the past week, an unknown suspect(s) entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and stole an $80 tool set.
2:07 p.m. / Possession / Foothill Road
A 41-year-old Oxnard resident was stopped for being a suspicious vehicle near a marijuana grow. He was unlicensed, in possession of two meth pipes and had an open container of marijuana in his vehicle. The man was cited for all three offenses.
2:52 a.m. / Warrant Arrest / Bailard Avenue
A 28-year-old Santa Maria resident was contacted for being parked in the Bluffs lot after dark. He had a $26,000 warrant out of Los Angeles. He was arrested for the warrant and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail.
Saturday, Jan. 25
3:30 p.m. / Theft / Carpinteria Avenue
A “Be on the Lookout” call was given for a man in a black vehicle that had possibly been involved in eight auto window-smash burglaries at Gaviota State Beach. The vehicle described had stolen plates out of Nevada. A short while later, Goleta deputies had five auto window-smash burglaries in the Calle Real Center. The suspect and vehicle were described as the same ones involved in Gaviota. It was later determined that the same vehicle was involved in an auto window-smash burglary in Los Alamos where a credit card was stolen. The suspect used the card at a gas station and a deputy was able to get video of the suspect and sent it to Goleta deputies, who in turn shared it with Carpinteria deputies. Santa Barbara Police then radioed an auto window-smash burglary at La Cumbre Plaza, with a matching suspect description.
A deputy at the Highway 101 southbound on-ramp at Padaro Lane saw the suspect vehicle (later confirmed as a black 2019 Chevy Malibu stolen out of San Jose) go by and followed. The vehicle began to speed away and the deputy lost sight of it as it weaved in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed. When this occurred, two other deputies saw the vehicle as it passed Santa Claus Lane. The vehicle continued at a high rate of speed and they momentarily lost it in traffic, then traffic began to back-up. The deputies found the vehicle had collided into another vehicle and came to stop in the center divider. (California Highway Patrol responded for the collision.)
Several citizens were pointing towards the fence area of Cramer Road and Highway 101. Witnesses stated that a man and woman jumped the fence running towards Carpinteria Avenue. A deputy went to the area of Carpinteria Avenue and Sandyland Cove, and immediately found a woman running who fit the description of the woman running from the highway crash, and she was detained.
Two other deputies went to the end of Pear Street and saw a man running along the railroad tracks. He then jumped the fence into a condo complex in the 4200 block of Carpinteria Avenue. A perimeter was set up with the assistance of Carpinteria and Goleta deputies and State Park units. Also, a reverse 911 was put out for area residents to shelter in place. Copter One, along with Air 71 (CHP) circled the condo complex until K9-2 could respond. As deputies were searching, a citizen came out and stated there was a man hiding at or near his condo. K9-2 found the man hiding and he was taken into custody. He had jumped the fence of a condo, found clothing and changed out of his. He also entered an unlocked vehicle and took a bag from it. Both victims positively identified the man.
State Parks was able to positively ID several items recovered in the vehicle as belonging to some of the Gaviota Park victims. SBPD responded to determine if any of their property was recovered. They also had an additional auto window-smash burglary on Coast Village Circle. Forensics responded and processed the car for DNA and fingerprint evidence. The man and woman were booked into Santa Barbara County Jail.