On Wednesday, at 11:53 a.m., deputies responded to the 5600 block of Canalino to investigate a report of a delivery stolen from the porch. Deputies took a report for a stolen drone and broadcast a be-on-the-lookout for the suspects and vehicle.
At 3:10 p.m., deputies responded to a call in the 3900 block of Via Real of a female going into a residence where she did not belong. The female and the vehicle matched the description of the call from Canalino earlier in the day.
Several minutes later, deputies spotted the vehicle at the 76 Gas Station on Carpinteria Avenue. The male suspect, who was later identified as 37-year-old Felipe Ventura from Oxnard, was immediately detained. The female passenger ran towards Smart & Final. Additional deputies, as well as a K9 unit responded to search the area for the female suspect but they were unable to locate her.
A records check of the vehicle revealed that it had been reported as stolen from Oxnard. Inside the vehicle, deputies found the drone that had been stolen earlier in the day as well as stolen mail that had not yet been reported from Montecito. Deputies returned the stolen vehicle to its owner and dropped the drone off with the victim on Canalino.
Ventura was booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail for grand theft (felony), possession of stolen property (felony), possession of burglary tools (felony), mail theft (misdemeanor), and vehicle theft (misdemeanor). Ventura was release with a citation due to Emergency Rule 4.
The female suspect was described as Hispanic with long hair and wearing a gray tank top. This investigation is ongoing.