Reports for Oct. 3, 2013
HONK IF YOU’RE HAPPY:
A man accused of driving under the influence of a pharmaceutical cocktail proved easy to track down on quiet Carpinteria Avenue at 4 a.m. on Sept. 24. A deputy on the lookout for a reported intoxicated driver passed a vehicle, and the cheerful driver tooted a couple of chipper horn beeps to the passing police car. The deputy quickly pulled the driver over for the vehicle code infraction of honking without reason, and the driver, a 56-year-old Camarillo man, told the officer he had honked simply to say “hi.”
The officer noted the jolly man was dressed in nothing but underwear—not even shoes. He spoke in desultory bursts, answering the officer’s questions curtly before rambling off on difficult to follow and rapidly delivered tangents.
Asked if he had been drinking, the man stated he never drinks due to his diabetes. However, in the vehicle the officer would find his prescription medications: Trazodone, Omeprazole, Meperidine, Losartan, Sertaline and Seroquel, which are prescribed for treatment of depression, pain, high blood pressure, schizophrenia and acid reflux, not in that order. The man said he had last eaten his meds with dinner the previous evening. A breath test verified that the man was booze-free, but the officer arrested him for driving under the influence since several of the medications he consumed advised against driving after taking them. The man was administered a blood test so the chemists could determine precisely what was in his system.
STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT:
A man accused of knocking at a stranger’s El Carro Lane door at 3:30 a.m. was arrested for public intoxication. When the wandering man, 20, was being taken away outside of the home where he had knocked, he reportedly uttered, “I don’t even know who lives here,” as if that would clear up his predicament.
The resident told deputies he had awakened to a car alarm sounding. When looking out to see what was going on, the man heard a knock at his door. The stranger at the door said he was trying to get home. The arrestee told deputies he was on his way home from Carpinteria High School to a Foothill Road residence, but the route would not have required him to traverse the El Carro neighborhood.
Assault: Vallecito Road
Prowling: El Carro Lane
Public intoxication: 9th Street, Sandyland Road
Theft: Finney Street, Malibu Drive, Carpinteria Avenue,
Vandalism: Mark Lane
Reports for August 29, 2013
A TALE OF THREE DRUG BUSTS:
Deputies on the lookout for likely drug users had their hunches confirmed on three occasions last week.
On Aug. 16 at 12:45 p.m. a deputy pulled over a bicyclist for running a stop sign and crossing a double yellow line to turn without signaling at the corner of El Carro Lane and Sterling Avenue. The deputy became suspicious of the stop sign roller’s state of mind due to his pinhole pupils and lax facial expression. The subject, 29, admitted to being on parole, so the deputy asked him if he was in possession of anything illegal. The man handed over a glass jar with less than an ounce of marijuana, but the deputy, suspecting the man was more than high on weed, asked what else the man had ingested. He admitted to snorting heroin a couple of days prior, and the deputy brought him in for a urine test that confirmed the presence of opiates in the man’s system. He was brought to jail for breaking parole.
Then on Aug. 20, a deputy spotted a man sitting on a Carpinteria Avenue bus bench for a long duration without ever catching a bus. The subject, 52, was a familiar face to the deputy from prior encounters. Noting that the man looked sweaty, the deputy decided to check his welfare. A closer look revealed that the man had a glass pipe protruding from his pocket. The man said it was his marijuana pipe, but upon inspection, the deputy noticed the bowl was lined with steel wool and what looked like the remnants of a rock of crack cocaine. The man had an additional rock in his pocket and was brought to jail for possession.
On Aug. 18 deputies were called to a Carpinteria Avenue hotel to investigate suspicious men in the parking lot. Deputies encountered one man and questioned him, and the man said his friend was checking on getting a room. A separate man in a truck then picked him up after deputies had found him unsuspicious. After the truck drove off, a third man appeared from the shadows across the street and began running in the truck’s direction. Deputies drove a squad car in front of the running man, 22, and the truck, which the man was presumably running toward, drove off.
Deputies noted that the subject, a known parolee and gang member, was a familiar face. He had relocated from Santa Maria to Carpinteria. During a frisk, a deputy noticed a hard object below the man’s buttocks. The man admitted to having a syringe tucked between his cheeks, but he had no medical reason for possessing it. Although the paraphernalia was capped and residue free, deputies brought the man to jail for a parole violation.
STORAGE WAR MONGERING:
A couple returning from vacation in early August found that their Via Real storage locker had likely been raided to the tune of $19,865. The man and woman victims had visited their rented storage space hoping to retrieve some belongings and found that the items they sought were gone and thieves had rummaged through everything. Additionally, the August theft gave the victims newfound confidence that they were robbed earlier in the year. They told deputies that a similar situation had occurred in March, when they had stashed a vintage guitar and some jewelry in the locker before traveling to Australia. They returned and found the items missing but had a foggy recollection at that point, so they didn’t report the crime. The early August heist was fresher in their memories, so they inventoried all items and came up with the estimated value of nearly $20,000 in missing personal belongings. Stolen goods included family heirlooms, clothing and designer purses. In questioning management of the storage business, deputies learned that the host usually holds a copy of the keys for each unit, but there was no master for the burglarized locker. Deputies had no suspect leads at the time of the report.
Public intoxication: Via Real
Theft: Eleanor Drive
Warrant arrest: Casitas Pass Road
Reports for August 22, 2013
MAIL LOOTERS HIT SHEPARD MESA BOXES:
The victim of a mail theft was seeking her shipment of Ginebra Olmo Ankle boots but recovered only a check. The Shepard Mesa Road resident had been tracking the leather ankle-high boots that feature a fashionable side buckle as they traveled to her location. However, within the hour of their estimated time of arrival on Aug. 1, the online shopper sent her husband to the mailbox to retrieve the package, and it was gone.
Then on Aug. 12, the victims of the mail heist saw a report of a couple who’d been arrested for crimes of stealing mail among other things. Thinking the boots might be in the evidence room, the victims checked with sheriff’s deputies. A check that had been stolen from their mailbox was recovered, but the boots are still in limbo.
PASSING THE BUCK
Fallout from a theft spree that landed two suspects in jail touched both a Santa Claus Lane clothing store and a woman who had her checkbook stolen. Deputies made the connection recently when a cell phone that had been booked into evidence rang. A deputy answered the phone, which belonged to a suspect in a string of burglaries. The call was not for the suspect, but was for a separate party that had allegedly bounced a check and left the cell number as contact information when passing the personal check for a $369 clothing purchase on Santa Claus Lane. Piecing together information, deputies learned that the checkbook was allegedly stolen from a vehicle and used by the thief, not the account holder. However, the thief, who was already incarcerated on a slew of charges, had left her phone number with the merchant, thereby linking her to the crime. Deputies added another count of identity theft and burglary to the suspect’s rap sheet.
ONE FOR ALL:
Deputies learned that a man’s social security number was being used by five other people on Aug. 13. A father reported that he had attempted to get social security benefits to care for his teenaged son but learned that the son’s SSN was a hot commodity. Five others had entered the number on their employment documentation. Officers took a report, and the victim was taking steps to expunge his son’s voluminous social security record.
A Carpinteria woman seeking help to navigate her way through impending foreclosures on two Arizona properties was allegedly being taken for a ride by scammers exploiting the vulnerable owners of distressed property.
The victim reported that in July she was involved in a hoax conference call involving the Federal Housing Assistance Program. As a result of the confidence generating conversation, the woman agreed to Fed Ex a cashiers check in the amount of $4,290 to a fictitious escrow company. Days later, she sent $3,168 to the same address in “reinstatement fees” on her other property. However, after weeks without any follow up, she grew suspicious of the ruse and reported her situation to law enforcement.
Deputies tracked down the cash recipient’s mailing address to a box in a shipping center in Diamond Bar, Calif. The owner of the box was identified as a Florida company, but shipping center employees reported that only one man ever checked the box. The checks were cashed in Fontana and Ontario, and officers of the ongoing multi-agency investigation were looking into a suspect.
CAIN AND (UN)ABEL TO WALK:
Deputies responded to a report of a fight resulting in a broken window at a Casitas Pass Road gas station just before midnight on Aug. 11 and found that the men who had battled were siblings. The store clerk estimated the window’s value at $400.
Following the fight, one of the men scampered away by foot, and the other one remained at the scene. Deputies interviewed the lingerer and found him to be intoxicated. He said he was only visiting Carpinteria from New York and was staying with his friend, also his combatant, but did not know his address or name. He reportedly admitted to fighting with the friend and forcing the friend into the window. Since the man seemed to be having so much trouble remembering his friend’s name and where he lived, deputies arrested him for public intoxication.
Eventually deputies tracked down the other man at his residence. In the process, deputies discovered that the two men, 29 and 31, were brothers, and they shared a Carpinteria address. The man who had been used to break the window before retreating home was allowed to remain at home, while the brother spent the night in jail.
Burglary: Rincon Point, Carpinteria Avenue
Driving Under the Influence: Bailard Avenue and Via Real
Theft: Whitney Avenue, Manzanita Street, Maple Avenue
Reports for August 15, 2013
An hour after midnight on Aug. 4, two deputies conducting a check of a motel on Carpinteria Avenue caught a young male urinating on an outside wall, a violation of the public health code. The officers had witnessed and participated in dozens of arrests regarding felonious narcotics in and around the motel. When the officers approached the relieved man, he opened the door to his room and attempted to enter as the officers grabbed him and were pulled into the room with his forward momentum.
Upon seeing the officers, another young male within the room jumped from the bed and ran toward the bathroom, his hand cupped around an unknown object. One of the officers followed him and witnessed him throwing the object in the shower. Officers discovered the object was a gram of methamphetamine wrapped in a dollar bill. The man was arrested for possessing a controlled substance and concealing evidence.
In the wee hours of Aug. 5 near a local apartment complex, a routine traffic stop took an unexpected turn when the vehicle’s passenger, a 26-year-old male, blurted out that he was on probation for drug use. He was inexplicably holding a wrench and a pink iPhone in his hands. While the deputy attempted a search of the car, the man kicked a methamphetamine pipe from the car door and crushed the bulb.
As the officer handcuffed him, the man kept maneuvering his hands inside the back of his pants. Upon being questioned, the man revealed that he was hiding a bindle of methamphetamine within the cheeks of his buttocks. The officer allowed him to remove the bindle, which weighed about 1.3 ounces. Clonazepam pills were also found in the make-up bag of the driver, a 20-year-old female, who had claimed earlier that there were no drugs in the vehicle. However, the man claimed ownership of the pills, which are prescribed for anti-anxiety and muscle relaxation.
The man was arrested and booked on possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and Clonazepam, as well as attempting to conceal evidence. The woman was detained and then released on drug-related charges.
Burglary: Franciscan Court
Neighborhood altercation: 8th Street
Reports for August 8, 2015
Deputies received a report of an intoxicated subject with improperly covered genitalia at the intersection of Hardinge Avenue and Ortega Hill Road in Summerland at 6:20 p.m. on July 30. When deputies arrived, the man, 45, had reportedly put his equipment back in his toolbox, but the deputy noted his telltale signs of intoxication—slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and tipsiness. Additionally, the deputy noted that the man’s board shorts appeared dampened and stank of urine. The man reportedly admitted to urinating in public and drinking too much. He was arrested for public intoxication.
A FRIEND OF A FELON:
A passenger in a vehicle pulled over by a deputy at 11 p.m. on July 29 on Casitas Pass Road had his cover blown when deputies allegedly caught him using a friend’s identity. A deputy had stopped the vehicle, which was in transit from Chumash Casino to Ventura County, according to its occupants, for its lack of illumination on the rear plate and found that one of its occupants was on probation for narcotics possession. A separate passenger told deputies that he did not have an ID on him, but he issued a name and date of birth that passed a quick records check.
However, when deputies conducted a probation search of the vehicle they found a coat on the backseat containing jail-release paperwork for a man not identified as a passenger. Deputies questioned the group of three, but each claimed no knowledge of the mysterious coat and paperwork.
Eventually, the IDless man fessed up, reportedly saying he had provided a friend’s name and date of birth because he had left Ventura County without clearing it with his parole officer. Deputies arrested the man for false impersonation. Deputies also suspected the man, 32, and a female passenger, 27, were on central nervous system stimulants, so he had the charge added to his docket, and the woman joined the man in jail.
ATTACK OF THE ATHEISTS:
Deputies responded to a medical emergency call on Carpinteria Avenue to find that the female subject was likely just intoxicated and delusional at 10:30 p.m. on July 28. Medics, who thought they were aiding a woman having a seizure, arrived before deputies and had already given their medical clearance when deputies started a conversation with the subject. The woman, a 20-year-old resident of Damascus, Syria, was reportedly eager to tell deputies about her night. She was out to get pizza, she said, when she was suddenly attacked by atheists. An unidentified woman had struck her in the face, she said. And, the subject felt it was important for deputies to know that she is lactose intolerant.
From the short conversation, deputies ascertained that the woman smelled of alcohol, was tipsy and appeared disheveled with makeup running down her face. They saw no evidence of an attack. Deputies arrested the woman for public intoxication and discovered she possessed a tablet of Klonopin, a drug that can be used to treat epilepsy and anxiety.
WHEELING AND CONCEALING:
A deputy received a report of a hit and run accident and was able to track down the suspect near to the scene of the alleged crime at Maple and Carpinteria avenues on July 25 at 3 p.m. The suspected hit and run driver, 19, told deputies that he had exited the freeway on a return trip from a court date in Salinas back to Los Angeles to check his malfunctioning brakes. He then bumped a truck and circled back around the neighborhood, trying to slow down in the process, so he could exchange information with the owner of the parked truck he had hit. The suspect’s statement varied in nearly every detail from those of the victim, witnesses and passenger in the vehicle.
Details first became murky when deputies learned that the passenger in the vehicle, the driver’s girlfriend and mother to the 2-year-old in the back seat, was a protected party on a court-issued restraining order against the driver. She told deputies that the driver was unaware that he’d hit a vehicle and thought it might have been a speed bump.
Witnesses, including a woman on a bike who allegedly had to evade being run down by the alleged hit-and-run driver, told deputies that the running after the hit seemed a lot more intentional than the driver and passenger let on. The bicyclist said it was a “full on hit and run.”
The victim, who was near his truck when it was struck, noted that the suspect had to reverse away from his vehicle before speeding off from the victim, who hopped in his truck and trailed the driver while phoning police. Deputies also visited a dip in the road across an intersection to photograph fresh scrape marks in the pavement reportedly caused by the suspect catching air and bottoming out. Another witness overheard an argument between the man and woman before hearing tires squealing out of a gas station parking lot immediately before the vehicle was struck.
Given the totality of circumstances, deputies arrested the man for alleged reckless driving, hit and run, driving without a valid license, child endangerment and violation of a restraining order.
Burglary: Calle Lagunitas
Neighborhood disturbance: Cambridge Lane
Theft: Carpinteria Avenue
Warrant arrest: Cindy Lane, Elm Avenue, Carpinteria Avenue
Reports for August 1, 2013
SHOPPING FOR TROUBLE:
On July 21, a deputy was dispatched to a local supermarket to deal with an intoxicated man sitting in the lines of grocery carts outside the store. The alleged inebriant, a 33-year-old male, was reportedly inside a stray shopping cart when the deputy was called, but had managed to move himself onto a bench by the time law enforcement arrived. Despite glassy, red eyes, thick, slurred speech and the emanation of a strong alcoholic odor, the man refused help from the deputy or anyone else, reportedly vowing, “I guarantee you, I promise you, I wouldn’t need it.” Only nine minutes lapsed between the dispatch of the deputy and the time of the arrest, suggesting that despite his ardent words, the 33-year-old needed more help than he thought.
In the early hours of July 20, a deputy responded to reports of public drunkenness at the intersection between 7th Street and Holly Avenue. The two suspects, a 22-year-old male and a 24-year-old male, were reportedly hurling and kicking bottles and plastic cans around, creating an unpleasant cacophony.
When the officer arrived on the scene, it was noted that the males were no longer throwing the cans around. Instead, the younger male was stumbling about in the street, claiming to be “picking up the recyclables.” Meanwhile, the 24-year-old was more passive, standing in the yard of a residence and holding onto a fence for support. Having a history with the troublemakers, the deputy was unsurprised to see them at their shenanigans again and arrested both men.
Petty theft: Via Real, Linden Avenue
Possession of marijuana (less than an ounce): Paquita Drive
Possession of Synthetic Narcotics: Aragon Drive
Public Intoxication: 5th Street, Carpinteria Avenue
Reports for July 25, 2013
On July 8, a Carpinterian woman called the cops to report forgery of her Social Security documents. According to the woman, 46, she was first alerted to the issue after a visit to the Social Security office, where she discovered a document filled out in her name, but not in her handwriting. The woman identified the writing, stylized in all capitals, as the penmanship of her estranged husband, who had reportedly “thrown her out” two months ago. The forged documents allowed her husband, 67, to receive $1,000 a month on the behalf of the couple’s teenage daughter. Hubby appeared to have been helping himself to the ill-gotten gains since 2007.
Furious, the woman claims to have confronted her husband about the heist at the couple’s former home, to which her spouse replied frankly, “Oh, so you know about that. So we’re done.” After further arguing, the husband reportedly went into a back room, returned with a thousand dollars in cash, and threw it at his wife. She reported that her husband denied the forgery, but then added that, though he may take it without her knowledge, he would never use her money selfishly.
On the morning of July 1, deputies were dispatched to attend a fire burning on the gravel beside the railroad tracks near Palm Avenue. On arriving at the scene, the officers met a 52-year-old man who admitted to starting the fire. The man explained he was cooking breakfast. The impromptu chef was given a citation, and the fire department put out the flares.
HARBINGER OF DARKNESS:
At 3:25 a.m. on July 14, an officer arrived at the railroad tracks near the entrance to Carpinteria State Beach to respond to a report of public drunkenness. The accused inebriant was a young male, 23, engaging in a prolonged argument with an older, sober male, 56, about the former’s harassment of a homeless woman earlier that day. The older male asserted that he had spotted the younger, along with two friends, kicking the woman’s wheelchair. The younger male denied the allegation, proclaiming his innocence through incessant shouting, even when the officer asked him to be quiet.
In the midst of the argument, the officer discovered the woman herself sleeping in the bushes 50 yards away. Although the woman had no comment on her wheelchair being kicked, she did admit that several minutes ago, someone had yanked on her sleeping bag. Since the woman was unable to identify who had done it, the officer arrested the inebriant for alleged public intoxication. The man continued shouting as he was forced into the patrol car and driven away, loudly condemning the officer as a “harbinger of darkness.”
Burglary: Hales Lane
Larceny (automobile): Jay Street, Carpinteria Avenue
Possession of synthetic narcotics: Carpinteria Avenue
Public Intoxication: Carpinteria Avenue
Under the influence of a controlled substance: 9th Street
Reports for July 18, 2013
A man suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol on July 7 on Carpinteria Avenue reportedly told an officer that he was the “DDD” and had only consumed between one and 10 beers.
A deputy parked at the exit of a Carpinteria Avenue hotel parking lot noticed the vehicle driving with a separate deputy trailing it. The vehicle then pulled into the hotel parking lot and shed its follower. The parked deputy kept an eye on the vehicle while the driver fiddled with the lights, turning them off while driving, pulling into a parking spot and turning them on and finally exiting the parking spot with the lights off. The suspicious vehicle pulled directly behind the parked deputy at the exit before the lights went on again.
Rather than exit the lot onto Carpinteria Avenue, the deputy stepped out of the vehicle to chat with the four occupants of the vehicle that had stopped behind him. Asked what was going on, the driver, a 27-year-old man from Oxnard, reportedly uttered that he was the “DDD” for the crew that evening. The officer noted that the man’s breath smelled “overwhelmingly” of beer.
A .176 result on the breath test confirmed the officer’s suspicions, so the DDD went jail for driving under the influence.
DEPUTY DINGED IN REAR
A deputy reported being rear ended by a 53-year-old woman on 3rd Street at around 2 p.m. on July 4. The deputy was positioned to exit 3rd Street onto Linden Avenue when he paused to check for oncoming traffic and pedestrians at the busy, beach-neighborhood corner. The car behind him then collided with the squad car. The driver blamed a bug in her car for distracting her and causing the low-speed collision. Neither party was injured and the cars sustained minor scratches.
A man and woman who were reported to be suspiciously horsing around in the parking lot at Carpinteria and Bailard avenues at 7:45 a.m. on July 8 were arrested for delaying an officer in his duties and public intoxication. The couple’s rowdy behavior had raised suspicions, so an officer was called in to investigate the unusual behavior.
Upon arriving at the scene, an officer encountered the woman, 51, swinging a tennis racket at the man, 58, who was reportedly brandishing a floor mat from the car to match the racket. The deputy noted she was swinging and missing and appeared off-balance, all while laughing giddily. Additionally, music played from the car, which appeared to have fresh damage on the driver’s side and no front license plate.
The deputy moved in closer to check for a rear plate, and the woman spotted him and reportedly said, “Uh oh. The cops are here. We’re in trouble now.”
Suspecting that the two were intoxicated, the deputy asked the man for identification. The man said he had an ID, but not for the officer’s eyes. But the woman urged the man to hand it over, saying, “You better do what he says or he’ll pepper spray you to death.”
The officer then noticed a knife holster on the man’s waist, so the officer instructed the man that he’d have to hold the blade while they continued their interaction. However, when the officer reached for the knife, the man reportedly grabbed his hand to prevent him from taking it. The man said, “I’ll get it,” and the officer responded by radioing for back up and grabbing the man’s elbows while attempting to guide him to the ground.
According to the deputy, the man broke free but became momentarily compliant when the officer unholstered his taser. Meanwhile, the woman urged the man to do what the officer was saying. However, when the deputy attempted to detain the man with handcuffs, he reportedly threw his arms apart and hunched toward the ground. The deputy pushed on the hunched man’s back, helping him all the way to the ground. He finally submitted to the cuffs when the deputy again flashed his taser.
The deputy ultimately arrested the man for suspicion of public intoxication and delaying an officer. Officers found some rum in the car and several empty beer cans stuffed in the nearby trashcan, but the man would not admit to drinking. He said he had purchased the beer in order to dump it out on some rocks and take pictures of it.
Deputies also arrested the woman for public intoxication. Both parties were found to have suspended licenses, but officers were unable to determine who had driven the car to the location.
Burglary: Dahlia Court, Foothill Road (3)
Driving under the influence: Via Real
Possession of synthetic narcotics: Carpinteria Avenue
Public intoxication: Palm Avenue,
Theft: Foothill Road
Vandalism: Linhere Street
Reports for June 27, 2013
SEARCHING FOR SOMETHING:
A woman found crawling out of a bush onto Santa Claus Lane at around 2 a.m. on June 13 told a deputy she was wandering. The deputy would later discover that her several-mile, middle-of-the-night jaunt was likely fueled by amphetamines.
The woman, 34, was reportedly startled and nervous when a deputy stopped and struck up a conversation with her. She had departed her 9th Street residence at around 8 p.m., she said, to loosen up a sore back. Her route from the city to the outskirts brought her onto the freeway, she said.
Asked for an ID, the woman sifted through her backpack, which made the deputy uneasy, so he offered to look through it for her, to which she reportedly consented. The deputy also asked the woman if she possessed any weapons or drugs. No weapons, she said, but she had a prescription drug for her ADHD. She handed the deputy half of a pill. Then the deputy also uncovered a container with the words “Valium 10” on it. Markings on the capsules showed that they were amphetamine/dextroamphetamine, so the deputy brought her to jail for possession. The deputy noted that amphetamines can be prescribed to treat ADHD, but the woman possessed no evidence of a prescription.
ROBBERS IN THE HOUSE:
A man reporting a mysterious trend in thefts from his Summerland residence over a period of two weeks might have been taken advantage of by people he had invited into his “place of healing,” according to deputy reports.
The man said that on June 8 he was in the middle of moving out of his residence, since the lease was up, but after leaving a dolly unattended outside for a couple of hours it was missing. He told deputies he shared the property with a renter, but he did not suspect her, just her associates. Also, he had recently had an iPad, sewing machine and wetsuit stolen.
Deputies questioned the renter of the onsite apartment who said she also had an inkling that her associates might be involved. It all started two weeks ago, she said, when a former male employee of hers pulled up in a pink limousine with a woman. They stayed the night with her, but she then told them to leave. That’s when the victim invited them in because, as she put it, his house was a “place of healing.”
Over the period that the guests were healing, the renter once walked in on them, she said, and they were sitting on the floor with several of the host’s belongings scattered on the floor between them. She turned and exited, not wanting to get involved, she said.
Also, on the day of the missing dolly, a separate one of her associates, a friend of the former employee, stopped by for a hasty visit before leaving after five minutes. It was possible that he kept the dolly as a souvenir.
When deputies followed up with the victim, he corroborated that the man and woman stayed with him. They needed a place to stay before they checked into a Los Angeles rehab clinic. He didn’t think anything of it at the time, he said. He also reported several items of missing outdoor furniture the next week.
Burglary: Bella Vista Drive, (2) Carpinteria Avenue, Foothill Road
Fraud: Gobernador Canyon Road
Public intoxication: Carpinteria Avenue, Linden Avenue
Theft: Cravens Lane
Vandalism: Arbol Verde Drive, Casitas Pass Road
Reports for June 20, 2013
A woman who reportedly was found out cold on the sidewalk in front of a Casitas Plaza massage studio thought a deputy asking how she ended up in her situation was rubbing salt in her reportedly alcohol saturated wounds. After receiving a report of the seemingly lifeless body at around 11 a.m. on June 1, the deputy tracked down the woman, who reportedly knew not where she was. Asked how she came to fall asleep on a sidewalk, the woman, 44, said, “Don’t go there,” according to deputy reports.
She was in such a sorry state that when the officer asked to see a wad of police citations that dangled from the woman’s pocket, she first couldn’t find them and then was unable to complete the handoff of the tickets to the officer without fumbling them onto the ground. The deputy report did not identify for what the collection of citations had been issued.
Clumsy behavior combined with slurred, clueless speech led the officer to believe the woman was unfit to be in public. Her state was reportedly so sloppy that the officer ordered an ambulance to respond upon arresting her for public intoxication.
A clerk at an Ortega Hill Road liquor store reportedly did not have time to ask for identification when a 17-year-old purchased cigarettes on June 8 and was alarmed when another man, who had been posing as a customer, identified himself as a plainclothes sheriff’s deputy conducting a sting operation.
Upon entering the store at around 3 p.m., a 17-year-old boy and girl had hopped into line, and the girl passed a $20 bill for a pack of Camel 99s without much fuss from the 20-year-old clerk. The undercover teens took an audio recording of the transaction, and after it went down, the officer returned the cigarettes and retrieved the marked $20 bill back from the register as evidence. The clerk explained that he thought the customer was an of-age regular and that he did not want to further delay other customers by asking for ID. He was issued a citation.
HANKERING FOR HEROIN:
An Arizona man who’d reportedly resorted to ingesting heroin residue from cotton swabs because he had run dry while staying in a Via Real motel was busted for possession after approaching a random man on the street in an attempt to replenish his supply. The random man, who was alarmed that he was being asked for heroin, phoned deputies to report the incident following his brush with a junkie, leading deputies to track down the heroin hunter at about 9 p.m. on June 10.
The heroin hunter, 27, reportedly seemed sedated when deputies pulled over to interview him on Carpinteria Avenue. Deputies soon learned that the man was on parole in Arizona and brought him back to his motel room for a search. Inside, they found a box of syringes, a loose brown shoelace, a soda can bottom with burn marks and cotton balls. The man told deputies he’d been using the cotton balls to maintain his high. Deputies arrested the man for possession, being under the influence and an Arizona warrant.
IF THOSE WALLS COULD TALK:
A man arrested for being in the residence he had listed as home to his probation officer was found to no longer be allowed in the house, where he reportedly had been holed up on a drug binge. Deputies learned of the squatter at the Beach Club Road home from the property manager who said it was likely the property owner’s son inside the house and causing neighbors to report that lights were on when the owner was not around on June 10 at around 8:45 p.m.
Several deputies reported to the property with permission from the manager to enter and knowledge of the suspect’s history of fleeing from officers. Inside, they found no such fleeing. The man was reportedly unfazed by the officers in his space. He reportedly admitted to using weed, meth and heroin that day and was sluggish and confused. A roundup of the contents of the home revealed the man was well stocked with drugs and accoutrements. He had a syringe, crack pipe, burnt spoon, marijuana, a rubber tie, snorting straw and suboxone. He was arrested for possession and being under the influence.
LEGO MY CREDIT CARD:
A man surprised by $182 in fraudulent charges to his credit card reported the incident to sheriff’s deputies on June 11. Although no suspects were immediately identified, the perpetrator may have been a juvenile based on the purchase of a LEGO Super Heroes Batman: Arkham Asylum Breakout Play Set at Walmart.com. When phoning the credit card company, the victim was informed that it was in fact two identical LEGO sets totaling $364 that were ordered to a Buena Park address. Local detectives contacted Buena Park Detective Bureau for assistance.
Burglary: Carpinteria Avenue, Sawyer Avenue, Casitas Pass Road, Vallecito Place, (2) Foothill Road, Santa Monica Road
Public intoxication: Casitas Pass Road
Theft: Carpinteria Avenue, Hickory Street
Under the influence of a controlled substance: Carpinteria Avenue
Vandalism: 5th Street
Reports for June 6
The owner of an antique store reported that a man and woman left the Ortega Hill Road shop with $1,590 worth of jewelry and a layaway plan for an additional item but reportedly paid with a bunk $3,061.80 check on May 14. The duo fancied an $895 24k jade ring, $695 14k frog pendant and a $2,490 9k Victorian slide chain. They could not cover the total purchase at the time so they worked out a deal to pay for the two lesser-valued items and make a down payment on the third, totaling the check amount. However, when the check made it to the bank, the bank notified the owner it was frozen due to unspecified suspicions of fraud. Deputies investigated and learned that an employee recorded a partial license plate number of the getaway vehicle and also had noted Marine Corps stickers on the vehicle. Identification used to pass the check was from Arizona but the alleged thieves gave a San Francisco address. Also, a phone number written on the check dialed nothing. Deputies had not tracked down a suspect at the time of the report.
BAREFOOT AND BELLIGERENT:
A woman who claimed to not have a drug problem was encountered parked on the side of Highway 101 near Santa Claus Lane at 1:30 a.m. on May 26 without any shoes. A deputy patrolling the area slowed to observe the parked truck and saw what appeared to be a sleeping person inside. When he tapped at the door, the woman, 39, jolted into jittery, rapid-fire speech. She was on her way from Los Osos to Riverside when she ran out of gas, she said. The deputy then learned of a belligerent person walking in the roadway in the area. Asked about the report, the woman, who was barefoot and had no shoes in her possession, said she had simply been pacing the shoulder looking for a call box. Asked about her amped up state of mind, the woman reportedly admitted to smoking meth earlier that day in addition to having someone inject it into her. The woman was brought to jail for being under the influence, where she told deputies she had used meth daily since last September and could stop any time.
A man contacted for lying under a tree near Carpinteria Avenue was accused of being too intoxicated to be in public but bringing him in proved difficult for deputies at around midnight on May 30. The suspect, 55, had a Wofford Heights, Calif., address and reportedly could not explain himself or identify his whereabouts well enough to prove he could be set free. However, when deputies tried to cuff the 6-foot, 3-inch, 300-pound fellow, they found the chain too short to bring the man’s hands together behind his back. Two sets of cuffs were linked together to accomplish the task. The tight backseat of the patrol car also proved tricky. The man reportedly had to wedge in sideways for his ride to jail. And when booking the man, deputies noticed his wrist had suffered a bloody laceration. The man told deputies the cut was their fault, and deputies attributed the cut to a combination of the handcuffs and pressing against the hard plastic backseat. The cut was treated and the man was placed in the roomier confines of a cell.
Burglary: Lillie Avenue, Santa Claus Lane
Under the influence of controlled substance: 9th Street
Vandalism: Carpinteria Avenue
Reports for May 30
Deputies on Casitas Pass Road at around 3 a.m. on May 22 observed a man reportedly staggering into McDonalds. The officers entered the restaurant to investigate the man’s state of mind and found him to be uncouth and allegedly intoxicated. Upon exiting the bathroom, the suspect, 28, found the officers looking at him, so he reportedly stated, “Do you find me attractive?” Deputies then asked the man why he would ask them such a question, which he reportedly could not explain. He also allegedly could not explain much about anything else or answer basic questions, so deputies brought him to jail for suspicion of public intoxication.
A couple awoke in the night on Sandyland Road on May 17 because there was a prying sound at their living room window. When the resident entered his living room to investigate, he saw someone busily trying to open the window and reportedly uttered, “Who the (expletive) are you?” The burglar fled but left behind a screwdriver, which the resident retrieved. A neighbor also reported that she’d seen a man dressed in black hop a fence into the courtyard of a condo complex and run off while carrying a crowbar. Also on Sandyland, two other vehicles were rummaged through on the night of May 21.
A bicyclist called sheriff’s deputies after a driver reportedly unleashed a cup of soda on him on Via Real on May 17. The man told deputies he was biking home from work and had crossed the Santa Ynez Road overpass and turned on Via Real when a car pulled up to him. The driver, a woman, accused him of spitting on her, which the man said confused him, but he offered apologies for any poorly aimed spit. The woman then chucked a McDonalds soda cup containing liquid through the passenger window and into the man’s shoulder. He was uninjured but wet, he said, and wanted to press assault charges. He reported the make and model of the car and a partial license plate number to officers and commented that there was a child in the back. He recalled spitting while pedaling over the bridge but not at anyone or thing. Officers could not develop a lead in the soda assault.
A man, 36, who first encountered deputies for operating without proper registration on May 12 was spotted driving again on May 19. Unfortunately for the man, the officer had both familiarized himself with the man and his truck and had written him a notice of suspension for his drivers license in their prior interaction.
The deputy passed the man on Carpinteria Avenue the second time around and pulled a U-turn to follow the suspected illegal operator. Although the deputy was only a short distance behind the man, by the time he reached the suspect’s residence—which was also known by the officer—the suspect had already exited the vehicle and entered the home, an act considered to be intentionally elusive by the officer. When the deputy knocked, the man’s mother told the deputy her son had just come home and B-lined for the shower.
Beckoned from the shower, the man offered the deputy several excuses as to why he climbed behind the wheel of an unregistered vehicle on a suspended license, but none passed muster with the lawman, who arrested the man for being unregistered, suspended and delaying the officer with his shower routine. The vehicle was impounded.
Possession of synthetic narcotics: Mark Avenue
Theft: Linden Avenue
Vandalism: Carpinteria Avenue
Reports for May 23, 2013
A man confronted by a deputy for illegally smoking a cigarette on Linden Avenue at about 3:30 p.m. on April 30 eventually had his cell phone confiscated for refusing to allow the deputy to investigate his text messages.
The deputy first approached two men who were smoking, a violation of city law, and learned that one man, 19, was on probation for graffiti vandalism. Since the man had a backpack and possibly graffiti tools, the deputy searched him. In the backpack, the deputy found mason jars and marijuana, not spray paint and markers. One of the jars contained three marijuana buds, but the deputy noted both jars, which could likely hold an ounce each, had a film lining the sides as if they’d once been full. The man possessed a valid medical marijuana card.
Also in the search, the deputy found a password-protected smart phone. Asked for the password, the man tightened his lips. Even upon threat of arrest for probation violation for refusing a search, the man would not utter the password, leading the deputy to believe that the contents of the phone were more incriminating than violating probation. The deputy also noted that the man was shaking nervously during their interaction.
The deputy explained to the man that he’d confiscate the phone and have the tech unit crack it if the man did not volunteer the password. However, the deputy could not reach the man’s probation officer to obtain an arrest order, so the officer kept the phone and freed the man.
A week later, the deputy received a disc from the tech unit with the contents of the man’s phone. According to the officer, text messages recovered from the phone were written in drug dealing lingo. Also, the phone contained a picture of a baggie with a white substance resembling cocaine, and there were photos of the man’s tag, which was known to officers from when the man was convicted of tagging. The deputy requested that the district attorney’s office pursue charges of probation violation and resisting arrest on the smoker.
A woman who parked overnight at a Carpinteria Avenue motel on May 9 awoke to find that her unlocked rental car had been sifted through and her laptop computer was missing. She first noticed that contents from the glove box were littered onto the passenger seat, and items she’d placed in the driver’s side door compartment were moved onto the driver’s seat. She then checked the trunk to find that her laptop, which contained sensitive information, was missing.
Deputies were flagged down by pedestrians on Carpinteria Avenue at about 5:30 p.m. on May 13 and were given information about a shirtless man who had nearly been squashed into a pancake when he stumbled into traffic near the Casitas Pass Road intersection. Deputies then encountered a man, 54, fitting the half-dressed description on Palm Avenue heading toward the State Beach. The man stopped for a chat with deputies and was able to tell them he was in Carpinteria but reportedly zoned when asked to describe his whereabouts more specifically. He reportedly admitted to drinking four beers at his campsite, but two of them were 24-ounce bottles. The man’s appearance combined with his actions led deputies to believe, if left alone, the man would be a danger to himself and others, so he was arrested for public intoxication.
Under the influence of a controlled substance: Carpinteria Avenue
Reports for May 16, 2013
DON’T LET THE BULLET HIT YOU ON THE WAY OUT:
A man frustrated with frequent break-ins to the storage areas on his Casitas Pass Road ranch fired five or six shots into the air when he and his wife spotted trespassers on the property only two weeks after the last break-in. In reporting the incident to sheriff’s deputies, the man said the dogs were barking outside, so he exited the house and observed three men in dark clothes on the property. He surmised that they were stealing avocados or ladders, so he grabbed a 22-caliber pistol and began firing warning shots into the air, causing the men to flee. The shooter told deputies that he felt firing the gun was the best method to deter his frequent visitors, and that he was protecting his family, which includes two small children.
The deputy, however, admonished the man for spraying bullets into the air. It is dangerous to do so, the deputy said, and the measure is extreme for deterring avocado thieves. The deputy inspected the gun and recorded its serial number before leaving the property.
A man complaining that a woman had entered his garage and snapped photos without permission called deputies but didn’t want anything done about the alleged trespasser, who he thought was a property manager. Deputies investigating the incident on Birch Street on May 2, learned that the man shared the garage with a neighbor, but nobody was supposed to be photographing the interior. Deputies offered to follow up with management to find a reason why the garage was intruded upon, but the man instructed them leave it alone. He only wanted the incident documented.
LOON POINT LOOTING:
A family enjoying a day at the beach parked in the Padaro Lane parking lot to access Loon Point but found their vehicle violated when they returned to it on May 4. The beachgoers left the beach at 2 p.m. to find that burglars had smashed two passenger windows and swiped a purse. The purse had credit cards, a smart phone and $100 cash in it.
A man arrested for public intoxication was encountered by officers after a fight was reported on 9th Street at around 11 p.m. on May 6. When deputies pulled up, the man, 24, was reportedly stumbling toward them, but when told to stop, he turned and stumbled into a mobile home park. Deputies overtook the man quickly, and he reportedly reached into his pocket so a deputy helped him to the ground where he couldn’t fiddle around. The man showed many tell-tale signs of intoxication like slurred speech, red eyes, odor and mussed appearance, according to deputy reports, and he admitted to fighting with two men that he could not identify.
TAIL PIPE LEADS TO MET PIPE BUST:
A deputy pulled over a vehicle around 9:30 p.m. on May 6 for having a loud modified exhaust pipe and found that the men in the vehicle also were likely modifying their states of mind by smoking crystal meth. The deputy pulled over the vehicle at the intersection of Bailard and Carpinteria avenues and found that the driver, 21, was unlicensed. Readying the vehicle to be towed, deputies took inventory of its contents and found a used meth pipe inside with enough residue to smoke, according to the report. Deputies suspected that the men had been using the pipe and clocked the driver’s heart rate at 100 beats per minute. Both men were arrested for being under the influence, and the driver was also booked for possession. Urine tests showed that they had meth in their systems.
Vandalism: Sterling Avenue, Birch Street, Via Real
Reports for May 9
KICKING AND SCREAMING:
A man leaving home in the wee hours of the morning allegedly had his car kicked by a passerby at an intersection near to his residence. According to deputy reports, the incident took place at 5:30 a.m. on April 18. The victim stopped at a red light in his black car and a 20-year-old pedestrian took issue with the car. The pedestrian walked up to the driver’s side and said, “(Expletive) your car. Come on, get out of your car,” before unleashing a punch to the window and kick to the door. The driver zoomed off when the light turned green and dialed 9-1-1 but looped back around the block near Reynolds Avenue and 9th Street to try to keep a visual on the surly suspect. Dispatch, however, advised him to drive away and not risk another encounter with the kicker.
One deputy met the driver on Via Real while others rounded up a suspect near 5th Street at Holly Avenue. Deputies examined the vehicle and found dents that the driver estimated to add up to over $1,000 in damage. Deputies then escorted the driver to the suspect, whom he positively identified as the alleged car kicker. Upon arrest, the car kicker denied any connection to the incident. However, deputies believed fresh black marks on the front of the man’s sneakers matched the marred paint on the victim’s vehicle.
A man pulled over for having a tinted front window ended up being cited for possession of marijuana and an illegal butterfly knife, which he bemoaned having to part with. The deputy first spotted the tinted ride just after midnight on April 10 on Casitas Pass Road. After trailing the vehicle, the deputy made a traffic stop at a Carpinteria Avenue motel for the vehicle code violation. The man, who admitted to being on probation, confessed to having a freshly packed marijuana pipe in the vehicle. A deeper search uncovered more marijuana inside of a pill bottle and the butterfly knife. When told it was illegal to possess the knife and it would be confiscated, the man, 38, reportedly said, “Ah man, my butterfly knife? I’ve had that since I was a kid.” He was cited and released for the alleged crimes.
THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT:
Upon receiving reports of a woman screaming and crying in a residential neighborhood at 3 a.m. on April 28, deputies descended on the neighborhood to save the damsel in distress but learned her screams were not cries for help.
Reporting to the dark and quiet street, deputies first spoke with the man who had reported the disturbing yelps. Deputies heard an isolated squeal and then strolled around the corner from their position and observed a sweaty man near a garage dressed only in shorts. They asked the man, 20, if he knew anything about the screaming, and he told them it was his girlfriend screaming during consensual sexual intercourse.
Deputies asked to see the girlfriend, but the man replied that she was incapacitated. During the investigation, the man became agitated and attempted to order deputies off his property, but deputies insisted on seeing the woman, who they thought could have been harmed and incapacitated in a bad way. The man said she was sleeping and continued to be uncooperative, according to reports. Fearing the man was hiding the woman and was capable of inflicting the same type of incapacitation on them, deputies pointed a taser at the man, which made him comply.
The girlfriend then exited and corroborated the man’s story. Also, the man’s mother came out and told deputies she had knocked and told her son and his girlfriend to take it easy for fear that a neighbor would call the cops. Deputies were satisfied that the disturbance had run its course and documented the incident for their files.
Burglary: Ocean View Avenue, Carpinteria Avenue (2), Casitas Pass Road, Carpinteria Avenue
Possession of opium/cocaine: Via Real
Public intoxication: Casitas Pass Road, Carpinteria Avenue
Theft: 8th Street, Carpinteria Avenue, Foothill Road, Callejon Drive, Arbol Verde
Under the influence of controlled substance: Carpinteria Avenue
Vandalism: 7th Street, Casitas Pass Road, Foothill Road
Warrant arrest: Carpinteria Avenue
Reports for April 25, 2013
A Casitas Pass Road store reported that it had been victimized by a little sleight of hand in a cash counting scam perpetrated by a suspect who used a distraction tactic to short a clerk $200 in a $500 transaction on April 9.
The clerk reported that the man, who was estimated to be between 40 and 45 years old, asked for a $500 money order but at first handed over just $480. The money then went back to the customer’s hand, and he counted it out for the clerk. The man reportedly calculated the same insufficiency in the funding. To make up for the $20 he was short, the man appeared to add two more bills to the wad and handed over what the clerk thought was the correct amount.
Sometime after the man left, the clerk discovered that the pile had actually shrunk. The clerk suspected that when the man reshuffled the deck of dollars, he pocketed $180, resulting in only $300 being paid for the $500 money order. Deputies took a surveillance image of the man as evidence but had yet to track down a suspect.
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN:
A woman accused of cashing fraudulent checks from a former employer’s account told deputies that the money was owed to her for severance pay. And even though the employer said severance was never agreed upon, the suspect claimed the employer had dementia and would not remember striking the deal.
Deputies first learned of the alleged fraud from the employer, who said her housekeeper had cashed eight unauthorized checks for a total of $1,073 at a local bank. Personnel at the local bank had already begun investigating the transactions and stated that the check casher, 58, had been acting suspiciously.
The employer said the suspect was her longtime housekeeper who had stopped showing up last November, leading to her finding a replacement. After a five-week hiatus, the former housekeeper came back seeking work and also offered to house sit for a stretch in January, when she knew the former employer would be attending an annual conference. The deputy noted that the victim, 69, seemed spry and was employed at a job that she commuted to in Burbank several days a week.
The victim said she believed the suspect had pilfered the checks, which she later signed and cashed, several weeks prior when trespassing in the victim’s home. The new housekeeper had reported that the old housekeeper was caught in the home. The old housekeeper told the new housekeeper that she was there to use the shower since her plumbing was malfunctioning.
A deputy then phoned the suspect, with whom he was very familiar from extensive interactions in the past. At first the woman who answered the phone claimed to not be the suspect, but the deputy recognized her voice. The woman asked to take a detailed message, so she could forward it to the suspect, but the deputy was not fooled. He pressed the woman on her identity, and eventually the woman said, “Okay, let’s drop the pretenses. What’s going on?”
Questioned about being in the bank that day to cash a check from her former employer, she said she was only in the bank to pay a bill for her boyfriend. However, the bank employee had refused to cash the check that morning and handed it over to deputies. It had the former employer’s name on it.
The woman then said she had permission to cash the checks anyway. She claimed that she had been a caretaker for the former employer for 11 years, and the money was her severance pay. She did not specify how much severance or how many checks were included in the package. The employer suffered from Parkinsons and dementia, said the suspect. She would not remember agreeing to the severance package.
Asked if she was recently at the victim’s residence, the suspect said yes, to shower; the backdoor is always unlocked. Also, she had permission, but the victim would not remember granting it. The deputy forwarded the report to the district attorney’s office requesting check fraud charges.
COKE ON THE ROCKS:
A deputy patrolling a Carpinteria Avenue motel due to increased reports of drug activity found what he was looking for on April 16. A man and woman were found with 17.3 grams of crystal meth mixed with cocaine and a digital scale, among other illegal items.
The deputy first began investigating them for standing outside of a car with tinted windows and an exhaust pipe that appeared modified. The man, 27, informed deputies he was on parole for weapons charges, and the woman, 21, said she also was under some level of probation and was supposed to be seeking treatment for drugs. Interacting with the pair, deputies soon suspected they were under the influence of drugs and detained them.
Deputies recovered a scale, some used syringes, cash and an illegal knife from the vehicle and questioned the woman about why they possessed the items. The woman said that the man was soon to be off parole, and she did not want him caught up in this. She said it was all her. Since she was out of work, she began dealing drugs. The man was only a consultant, since she was a novice dealer, she said. He was mostly at home with his wife and kid and turned a “blind eye” to her dealing. The man invoked his right to remain silent.
Asked if she had anything else illegal on her while being arrested, the woman said yes, in her bra. Since no female officers were present, deputies had the woman shake her bra to see what fell out. First a small bag of suspected meth mixed with coke fell out along with a small bag of marijuana. Then the woman said there was more. She gave another shake and a larger bag of the meth/coke hit the ground. The woman’s urine tested positive for meth, coke, opiates, marijuana and benzodiazepines. They were both arrested for dealing and other lesser charges related to the contents of their vehicle and their blood streams.
Burglary: Bailard Avenue at Carpinteria Avenue (3)
Theft: Cindy Lane, Carpinteria Avenue, Casitas Pass Road
Vandalism: 9th Street, Camino Trillado
Warrant arrest: Casitas Pass Road
Under the influence of a controlled substance: Linhere Street
Reports for April 18, 2013
PAPER FOR PLASTIC:
A Casitas Pass Road store reported that it likely sold $250 worth of store gift cards to customers who paid with counterfeit $20 bills in two separate transactions during the last week of March. Cashiers did not detect the fake twenties until customers had already made way with the merchandise. A review of purchases made with large amounts of cash led the store to believe the cash was received during the gift card transactions, but that determination remained uncertain at the time of the report. The store was able to pinpoint the transactions in its security footage, which was turned over to deputies and showed a male on one occasion and woman on the other making the gift card purchases. If the counterfeiters bought gift cards it was a bad idea since purchases using the store credit can be traced. Store records showed that at least six people had used the gift cards and the majority of the funds went toward alcohol.
A man seen rummaging through a van parked on 5th Street at Elm Avenue was questioned about the activity on April 4 at about 1 p.m., and deputies discovered that the man had taken up residence in the abandoned van. Suspicious about the van and its shattered front windows and graffiti on the side, deputies approached the man and asked him if he owned the vehicle. The man said no, and he did not know the owner. He had, however, been sleeping in the van, he told officers. Other officers had kicked him out of the van the previous night, he said. Officers also discovered that the man possessed less than an ounce of marijuana. Officers had the abandoned vehicle towed and cited the man for possession of marijuana.
UNIFORMED HEROIN USERS:
A deputy observing a suspected drug dealer allegedly witnessed a man walk up and engage in a sly handshake before walking away, leading the deputy to suspect that drugs had changed hands in a parking lot on 9th Street on April 2. Unable to track down the suspected dealer, the deputy knew where the other subject was based on the uniform he wore.
The incident began when a deputy patrolling the parking lot saw a man lingering outside a vehicle. In conversation with the deputy, the suspicious man reportedly said it wasn’t his vehicle and he was waiting for a friend. Unconvinced that the man was so innocent, the deputy parked around the block and walked to a vantage point where he could observe the man.
First one man wearing a uniform walked up to him and chatted for about 15 seconds before jogging off. Then a separate man wearing an identical uniform showed up and made the hand-to-hand exchange and also jogged off.
When following up at the business associated with the uniforms, the deputy saw the two men engaged in conversation with a third man. They were all ordered to sit down since the deputy believed some drug-related activity had gone down. Each subject was either on parole or probation, so the deputy probed them accordingly. A search of one of the men uncovered tinfoil and a pen tube, accoutrements commonly used for smoking drugs. Deputies suspected that both of the men were under the influence of drugs based on their droopy, watery eyes, eyelid tremors and non-reactive pupils.
Then the deputy located a small amount of suspected heroin on the ground near to where the men were detained, so they were all arrested. In questioning, two of the men admitted to having drug problems. One of them said he had received the heroin as partial repayment for a $40 debt owed to him. The other said he had been off the drug and primarily assuaged his addiction with Vicodin; however, deputies noted he had track marks on his arms. All three were arrested for possession of synthetic narcotics.
Identity theft: Cramer Road
Neighborhood disturbance: Carpinteria Avenue
Public intoxication: Carpinteria Avenue
Theft: Casitas Pass Road, Carpinteria Avenue
Weapons violation: Casitas Pass Road
Reports for April 11, 2013
It was a bad week for windows in Carpinteria. A vehicle parked on the corner of Sandyland Road and Ash Avenue had its window busted out in a burglary on April 1 before 10 p.m. A man parked and left the vehicle while picking up his wife, who was working within some of the neighborhood condos, and when he returned to the vehicle, a window was smashed and a handbag containing $530 in cash was missing.
On the night before, a motel room window on Carpinteria Avenue suffered a similar fate, allegedly at the hands of an angry boyfriend. Deputies received the report of a smashed window at a motel and learned that a tequila-fueled argument allegedly led to a man, 23, putting his fist through a window. The motel wanted to press vandalism charges but the suspect was nowhere to be found. The ex-girlfriend, who remained in the room after fighting with the man, said he had fled after adding his decorative touch to the room.
Also on March 31, at a different motel on Via Real, a deputy patrolling the parking lot encountered glass spilled onto the pavement from a vandalized vehicle. The deputy delivered the bad news to a motel guest who said the last time he had seen his vehicle, at 1 a.m., the windows were intact. Nothing was stolen from the vehicle.
On the afternoon of March 30, a vehicle parked on Aragon Drive had its window smashed. Deputies were unable to locate witnesses or evidence. Nothing was stolen from the vehicle.
ODE TO AZ:
A man pulled over for having too tinted windows landed in hot water for his decision to sport Arizona plates on his vehicle even though it was legally registered in California. The deputy, who was unconvinced that the man simply preferred the Arizona plates or had not gotten around to installing the California plates, cited the driver, 22, for false license plates and nearly arrested him following the March 27 encounter on Carpinteria Avenue.
At first, the deputy informed the driver that his tinted windows violated California vehicle code. The situation took a turn for the worse when the man handed over his paper registration from California, which did not jibe with the Arizona plates affixed to the front and back. The man said he attached the Arizona plates so he would not get pulled over, an explanation that did not make sense to the officer since the car was legally registered. According to the driver, his dad purchased the vehicle about a year ago. The deputy discovered that the Arizona plates were not linked to the vehicle through past registrations.
Eventually the man said he received the plates from a friend, but he still refused to elaborate on why he used them. The deputy grilled him about whether the Arizona plates were affixed since tinting laws might be more relaxed elsewhere or if the car had been used in a crime and the false plate was a disguise.
The deputy cuffed the man to take him away, but the man’s father showed up and said the son was needed for work. So the deputy cited and released him.
A deputy pulled over a man on his bicycle for rolling down the wrong side of the street while smoking a cigarette on March 27 and ended up arresting the man for allegedly possessing false documents. Pulled over for the traffic infraction and violation of municipal code on Linden Avenue at around 7:30 p.m., the bicyclist, 34, provided a Mexican identification card with one birth date, but a deputy noticed another ID with another birth date inside his wallet. The man reportedly told the deputy that he used the second ID for employment, and the deputy noted that it was shoddily put together. The man reportedly came around to admitting he knew it was fake and was arrested for forgery.
Possession of dangerous non-narcotic drug: Carpinteria Avenue
Vandalism: Carpinteria Avenue
Reports for April 4, 2013
A woman who was reportedly shaken up by a threatening neighbor was unsure about the wording of the threat that was allegedly spoken in passing on March 21. Her neighbor, a 44-year-old man, either said, “I’m going to kill your dog,” or, “I’m going to kill you, you dog.”
Investigating the incident, deputies learned that acrimony between the neighbors was nothing new. Of the most recent reported spat, the accused said he remembered walking by while his accuser watered her lawn that morning, but he didn’t exchange any words with her. Another recent moment in the relationship he recalled and relayed to the deputy was when the woman reportedly glared at him while he was getting into his car to go to work. With her eyes locked on him, she allegedly formed a pistol with a fist and extended finger, placed it to her head and motioned like she was pulling the trigger. Asked why he did report the mimed gunshot threat, the man said he considered it a fairly standard interaction with the feuding neighbor.
Deputies advised the man to continue to ignore the woman, to have members of his household ignore the woman and to not harm her dog. He agreed to follow the order.
The woman later told deputies that it dawned on her that the threat she had reported was directed at the dog, not her.
A man who was contacted by deputies for smoking a cigarette on Carpinteria Avenue on March 24 was eventually arrested. The deputy first intended to tell the man, 19, and a friend to put out their butts, in accordance with municipal codes, but the confrontation led to the deputy asking for ID and ascertaining that man had a warrant out for his arrest for failure to appear for a moving violation, disturbing the peace and possession of marijuana.
TANGLED WORLDWIDE WEB
A man who was out $2,390 complained to deputies that he had been duped by a woman, 45, who allegedly asked him to cash a bad check because she lacked a bank account. However, the accused woman said she unwittingly asked the victim to cash the check, and the real scammer was a Craigslist poster in Pittsburg.
The victim had asked deputies to accompany him as he attempted to retrieve the money from the woman, and the planned encounter led to the March 25 revelation that the woman, too, could have been a victim.
Originally, she had told the man the check was for services rendered for a job she did “up north” after replying to an online job posting. He agreed to cash the check for a $100 cut, he said. Then the bank told him the money would be deducted from his account because the cashed check had either insufficient funds or was linked to a fraudulent account.
She said her Craigslist employer had her conduct a survey and promised $410 for the job. However, the check that came in the mail was for $2,390. She was instructed to wire back the difference. Since she could not cash the check, she asked the victim to do it for her. The woman said she could furnish copies of the email trail to prove she had been scammed. Also, she had an envelope the check came in—from the same person’s name on the check and a Pittsburg address—but she could not find the receipt for wiring the money back.
Deputies recognized the fairly common Craigslist scam, whereby the scammer overpays and asks for a refund. They informed the man that it was unlikely that they could track down a shadowy internet scammer who was far out of the jurisdiction and likely using layers of false identities. He was also likely out of luck on getting his money back since the usual scenario for compensation is through victim restitution upon conviction. He could also pursue the woman through civil court, they said.
Deputies serving a warrant raided a Carpinteria Avenue motel room on March 26 and uncovered all the trappings for an allegedly budding drug dealing operation along with a suspected ringleader, who had scripted and outlined his organization in notebooks.
The suspect, a 24-year-old man, was found with about $1,100 in cash, 26 grams of marijuana, usable amounts of heroin and heaps of text messages and notebooks which deputies collected as evidence since the contents allegedly indicated the man was dealing drugs.
One notebook item of interest was an oath from a Don, or gang leader, to new members. It read like this: “I as your Don bless you into this organization. You are now a brother and have proven yourself worthy of my trust. I do absolve you of any past wrong doing or short coming. Do you accept the responsibility of upholding the rules and mission of (the organization)? Do you swear never to betray the organization or another brother? Do you swear to embrace your brothers and protect them with your life? And to help any brother in need? Arise Gordo you are now a full brother.”
Additionally, a pecking order was outlined in notebooks. A diagram indicated the top dog was the Don, followed by captains, lieutenants and workers.
Explaining how deputies had it all wrong, the man reportedly offered a litany of excuses. The heroin, which was swabbed onto cotton balls, was enough for personal use and he only used it to ward off detox sickness. The cash, which included 49 $20 bills, was rent money that had been given to him by his dad. About the baggies, he reportedly said, “Oh no, that doesn’t look good,” before explaining a friend had left them behind. Text messages about selling “green” were “just texts,” he said. About the oath and other details regarding a drug-dealing organization, the man said it was all fodder for a screenplay he was writing.
Deputies arrested the aspiring screenwriter on the warrant plus charges of possessing and dealing drugs.
Assault: El Carro Lane
Burglary: Via Real
Theft: Sandyland Road
Warrant arrest: Yucca Lane, Carpinteria Avenue (2)
Reports for March 28, 2013
A man accused of walking away with his acquaintance’s phone and credit card denied any wrongdoing but was arrested for possession of non-narcotic drugs and outstanding warrants. Deputies investigated the incident on the 5600 block of Carpinteria Avenue at around 1 a.m. on March 20.
The woman whose phone and credit wandered off along with the alleged thief said she suspected her acquaintance was lingering in the area. Sure enough, deputies found him just down the block, walking with a phone in his hand. The man, 28, said he was given the phone and that he did not possess a credit card. However, a deputy spotted a card protruding from his shoe. Close inspection revealed the card was embossed with the victim’s name.
Once her possessions were returned, the woman elected to not pursue charges, but deputies learned in the meantime that the man had outstanding warrants for his arrest. Upon arresting the man, they searched him and found he was storing Xanax in his underwear. The man said he was prescribed the medicine, but deputies found no evidence of a prescription when escorting the man to jail for his warrants and possession of the non-narcotic drug.
STRAPPING ON SANTA CLAUS:
A deputy investigating a van parked near businesses on Santa Claus Lane at around 4 a.m. on March 16 suspected he might have been breaking up a burglary in progress before ultimately discovering a concealed handgun inside the van.
Patrolling the area, the deputy first parked and shined a bright spotlight on the suspicious van. The sole occupant of the van, which had its rear seats removed, was a 28-year-old man who the deputy noted was sweating, fidgety and nervous. Also, the deputy noted the man made several furtive hand motions under his seat and scanned the area outside as if waiting for an accomplice to emerge from a business. Also, the deputy noticed a knife in the vehicle and a collection of marijuana stems on the floor of the vehicle.
The man admitted to possessing a little weed and the knife but balked at the deputy’s request to search the vehicle. He told the deputy he was from Bakersfield and visiting town to see relatives. The family time had grown a little tiresome, he said, so he cruised down to Santa Claus Lane to relax and watch a movie in the van.
Deputies searched the vehicle and found a handgun and crystal meth in a backpack. The man said he did not know how the weapons or drugs came to be in the vehicle. The gun was 14-shot semi-automatic .22 pistol.
A records check revealed that the man was a convicted felon from Lompoc who had served time on prior weapons charges. His felony status made it even more illegal for him to possess a loaded and concealed semiautomatic weapon in the vehicle. Deputies arrested the man for the weapons and drugs allegations.
RAFFLE ALMOST UNRAVELED:
A man who used his company credit card to purchase a 46-inch television in order to raffle it off at an event allegedly had the raffle item swiped before it could be won. In reporting the theft to sheriff’s deputies, the man said he had left the television, box and all, inside his unlocked vehicle parked on Granada Way overnight between March 12 and March 13. The unsecured television didn’t last the night. Deputies did not receive the crime report until the early evening, since according to the report, the man spent the day purchasing a duplicate television and raffling it off.
Annoying, harassing phone calls: Holly Avenue
Burglary: Linden Avenue
Driving under the influence: Carpinteria Avenue
Theft: Noma Street, Eugenia Place
Trespassing: Jay Street
Vandalism: Santa Monica Road
Reports for March 21, 2013
FREE FOR ALL:
A woman accused of theft on March 14 on Linden Avenue was reportedly brazen during her shopping outings at both a liquor store and a clothing store.
Deputies first investigated the woman after she was seen “rearranging” items on a shelf at the liquor store. The clerk said that the woman, a 28-year-old transient, hovered at a shelf fondling merchandise before leaving the store and entering a restaurant. He believed the woman had stolen merchandise but did not see the crime.
When the deputy caught up with the woman, she was holed up in the restaurant bathroom. He coaxed the woman from a stall but found that she possessed no stolen merchandise. She told the deputy that all of her belongings were in a friend’s car.
Then later in the day the deputy fielded another call about a suspected shoplifter at a Linden Avenue clothing store. At the store, the deputy encountered the same suspect in an entirely new outfit. According to the clerk, the suspected shoplifter had been loitering and trying on items for about an hour.
Cleverly, the store clerk had kept the woman occupied while waiting for officers to arrive. She pointed out that the suspect had dressed herself in nearly $600 worth of merchandise including Ugg boots, a bikini top and accessories. The clerk first noticed something was awry when the woman snapped off a security tag on some sunglasses. The suspect then tried to enter the dressing room with a children’s wetsuit. Asked by store personnel what she wanted with the wetsuit, the woman reportedly became agitated. Still undeterred, the woman reportedly emerged from the dressing room in an ensemble taken from the store’s shelves.
The clerk discovered security tags inside a tissue box, and the clothing the suspect had worn into the store was stashed in a trashcan. Upon arrest for burglary, the woman reportedly told deputies that she had planned to have her employer cover the expenses for the clothing.
BARK AND BITE:
A man once convicted of battering a neighbor only allegedly confronted him with words this time around. However, even bark minus the bite violated the law since a condition of the once convicted neighbor’s probation barred him from contacting his victim in any way.
When deputies arrived to investigate the March 9 incident, they learned that the latest dispute erupted over a dog. The victim told deputies that the neighbor violated a restraining order when he complained about the victim’s dog’s incessant barking. During the confrontation, the suspect allegedly gripped his hand into a fist and asked the victim, “You want one of these?”
Ascertaining whether the restraining order existed, deputies initially were dumbfounded. However, they soon learned that it was not a restraining order, rather a condition of probation from the previous battery charge that barred the suspect from contacting his neighbor.
The suspect said he knew there was some sort of rule advising him to stay away from the neighbor. However, he said, somebody had to do something about the continuous barking. He told deputies he felt he was better equipped to handle the situation than animal control.
The threatened neighbor asked that deputies pursue charges. A report was filed with the district attorney’s office for possible violation of probation charges.
A man who had a hunch his wife was being held hostage at the Carpinteria sheriff’s station was eventually arrested for reckless driving and resisting arrest on March 7.
The suspect, 20, first pulled into the station in rescue mode. He parked in the center of a driveway, blocking in several patrol vehicles. He was there to check on his wife, who was inside, he said. Deputies told the man he was mistaken; nobody was inside other than sworn officers of the law, they told the man. However, the man refused to accept that version of the truth. He insisted his wife was being “held hostage.” He knew so, because he was telepathic, he said.
Deputies first ordered the man to move the vehicle, a command the man reportedly followed. However, he became aggravated that his compliance wasn’t rewarded by some answers. He accused officers of lying, and told them he could see their thoughts. He demanded entry into the station.
Irritated by the officers’ obtuse denials, the man reportedly hopped into his vehicle and spun the tires on the damp pavement in reverse. He then slammed the transmission into drive and gave the tires a spin in the other direction for good measure. In accelerating out of the parking lot, the visionary reportedly leapt over a steep bump into the street, causing his tires to go airborne and squeal again on their landing.
Officers caught up to the man on Via Real, where the driver pulled over and denied driving erratically. Since the man had already proven that he was prone to speeding off, the deputy demanded that he hand his keys over. The man refused and instead wrapped the keys in his clenched fist. Deputies pried the man from the vehicle and the keys from his hand before arresting him for reckless driving and resisting arrest. Didn’t see that coming.
Annoying/harassing phone calls: Hickory Street, Via Real
Burglary: Carpinteria Avenue
Civil dispute: Franciscan Court
Identity theft: Ladera Lane
Probation violation: 7th Street
Under the influence of a controlled substance: Carpinteria Avenue
Vandalism: Tomol Drive, Carpinteria Avenue
Warrant arrest: Carpinteria Avenue, Linden Avenue
Reports for March 14, 2013
A man enjoying a cigarette in the night air on Holly Avenue on Feb. 27 was reportedly jolted from tranquility by an intruder crashing through his gate and onto his porch. The intruder tried to climb the stairs up the porch but was halted by the resident, who promptly tossed the intruder onto his back. The intruder, a 20-something-year-old who had blood dripping from his mouth, reportedly fled.
When a deputy arrived to investigate, he noted a trail of blood leading from the gate down the sidewalk. The resident said he believed two men were chasing the intruder, but he did not have visual confirmation. A woman at the residence claimed she knew who the intruder was from high school, but the resident did not wish to press prowling charges.
A kitchen knife and gray beanie remained near the porch, and the resident said the items were not there before the intruder burst onto the scene. Deputies were unable to track down a subject cannon balling around in the night with blood trickling down his chin.
A woman complained to sheriff’s deputies that a neighbor was probably looking in her windows. Her suspicions stemmed from an incident months ago when she had found a handprint on her window.
Also contributing to her belief that the neighbor was treating her residence like his own personal fishbowl was a separate incident when she reportedly witnessed him looking through the window of another residence on the property. At that point, the man was not living on the property; his ex-wife occupied the unit.
The woman also told deputies she had witnessed the alleged peeper sifting through trash barrels. She said he would comment about the trash he found to the disposer. Since she felt the neighbor had psychiatric problems, she said she would be moving out and only wanted to document her suspicions.
Battery: Carpinteria Avenue
Possession of opium/cocaine: Carpinteria Avenue
Theft: Santa Claus Lane
Vandalism: Lillie Avenue, Carpinteria Avenue (2), Camino Trillado
Reports for March 7, 2013
GOOD LASER BEAMS MAKE BAD NEIGHBORS:
Residents on Rincon Road were in disagreement about the appropriateness of shining a laser light at a neighbor’s home on Feb. 25.
Two residents in distress flagged down a deputy patrolling the area at about 8 p.m. They said a neighbor had positioned a green laser light near the fence line separating the properties and directed its beam at their front porch. They added that their attention was drawn to the property earlier in the evening when a vehicle without lights on was driving around the property, even though they believed nobody was staying there.
Attempting to investigate the property from whence the light shone, the deputy encountered a locked gate. He walked up the driveway and knocked at one of the buildings on the property but received no answer. Windows were covered in burlap, the deputy noted. He then traced the fence line and found a 5-foot ladder leaning on a storage container. On top of the container, a green light pointed toward the neighbor’s residence. The deputy collected the light and set it on the porch, at which point he heard some rustling from within the building and looked into a window, where he saw furniture but no people.
Set to leave the property, the deputy then heard a voice call to him and a resident emerged from the shadowy structure. The resident, 46, was perturbed to see a lawman on his land. Told that his laser light show was disturbing neighbors, the man said he placed the light at the fence line to simulate a security system. The deputy recommended shining it along the fence line, not into neighbors’ windows. Asked if he resided on the property, the man said he came and went as he pleased to protect his interests against the threat of burglars. He also said he had trouble with the neighbors and was suing multiple nearby property owners.
The deputy said he was unconcerned about civil suits; it was shining lights in neighbors’ windows that brought him out. Throughout the encounter, the light shiner continued to express displeasure with the deputy’s presence. The deputy left without any making an arrest or issuing a citation.
OH, WHAT A NIGHT:
A 31-year-old man remained at large after allegedly leaving his wallet and ID behind at the scene of a burglary. After discovering the clue, deputies used the identity of the man to connect him to an additional burglary and a domestic disturbance call to a motel in the same night, Feb. 25.
The night began when deputies responded to a Via Real motel to assist in a report of a blowout argument between a man and woman staying at the motel. On scene, they found the woman, who said she was vacating the motel, but her boyfriend, with whom she’d been fighting, was nowhere to be found. The woman vacated the room and stood in the front of the motel with her belongings and said her brother would be picking her up along with the boyfriend. Asked again where the boyfriend was, she said he had scurried away because he’d been drinking and thought deputies would arrest him.
Then deputies received a call about a vehicle break-in nearby. The victim and a neighbor were in pursuit of a man they found within the victim’s vehicle. According to the witnesses, one of the neighbors had seen a figure in the night fiddling with his neighbor’s truck. He figured the truck fiddler was the neighbor in his own truck, but he walked to his neighbor’s door to verify whether the neighbor was inside his residence or at the truck. He found the neighbor in his residence so the two men went to investigate who was messing with the truck. When they got to the truck, they discovered an unknown man inside. The burglar exited the vehicle, attempted to punch one of the men in the face and after some wrestling, broke free and sprinted down the road. Deputies were unable to locate the suspect.
In a separate incident on Carpinteria Avenue, evidence left behind allowed deputies to tie it all together. A woman reported that a burglar had sliced a hole large enough for a body into the canvas top of her convertible. When deputies arrived, they took inventory of the vehicle and found a knife, cigarettes and a wallet that did not belong to the vehicle owner inside of the vehicle. The woman’s wallet was missing, but the one left behind had an ID for a man and for a woman. The found woman’s ID matched the name of the girlfriend in the domestic dispute at the motel. Deputies surmised that the burglar wormed in through the canvas and found a wallet within the vehicle before wriggling out and dropping his wallet and other items on the way.
Deputies ran a records check for the man on the lost ID and it showed the man was on parole. The truck burglary witnesses picked the parolee’s photo from a lineup as the man they’d discovered inside the truck. The suspect had also left a beer bottle in the truck, which was finger printed for further evidence. As for the girlfriend, deputies listed her as a person of interest but did not say whether her brother arrived to pick her up from the motel. The boyfriend had not been tracked down at the time the reports were filed.
NOTHING TO SEE HERE:
A woman reportedly walked into a Linden Avenue shop at around 6 p.m. on Feb. 25 and proclaimed, “I’ve got some extra money, so I’m going to do some shopping,” which immediately raised red flags with employees, who wondered why a shopper needed to declare they would spend money. Keeping track of all the woman’s moves, a store employee noticed her leave a dressing room. A look into the vacated room revealed a security tag likely removed from some merchandise. The store manager confronted the shopper and asked her to empty her purse, a request that the pretentious shopper reportedly found insulting and caused her to say she was “appalled” by the accusation. Instead of emptying her purse, the shopper walked out of the store and up the street. A store employee trailed the woman as sheriff’s deputies were called. The employee reportedly witnessed the woman jettison items from her purse before quickening her pace to a sprint and evading the employee. The employee collected the ditched items—a cell phone, flashlight, lip gloss and a bracelet—which at the time of the report were not determined to have been from the store. The suspect was not tracked down.
Burglary: Varley Street
DUI: Carpinteria Avenue
Theft: Casitas Pass Road
Under the influence of a controlled substance: Carpinteria Avenue
Vandalism: Ortega Ranch Road, Via Real
Reports for Feb. 28, 2013
CRIME REPORTS SHOW SPIKE IN VEHICLE BREAK-INS
Between the nights of Feb. 15 and 17 vandals and thieves hit seven vehicles, stealing items from six and smashing the windows of four.
The most activity occurred in the 5400 block of 8th Street, where two vehicles were broken into and one was stolen overnight between Feb. 15 and 16. A man whose vehicle was packed with his possessions for a move to the area had around $1,000 worth of his belongings stolen. One of the items taken was a bag that contained his girlfriend’s keys. Her 2010 Honda was stolen from the parking spot adjacent to his. As of the report being filed, the missing vehicle had not been tracked down.
On the same block on the same evening, items valued at $1,200 were stolen from a separate unlocked vehicle. The items included a massage chair and two pairs of prescription glasses.
On the 4500 block of Carpinteria Avenue that evening, $880 worth of audio equipment was stolen from a vehicle. The victim awoke to find the door to his vehicle open and the guts of his stereo system exposed inside.
Overnight between Feb. 17 and 18, three vehicles had their windows smashed. The greatest loss was $2,070 in items taken from a vehicle at 5700 Via Real. Burglars made away with an auto scanner and programmer and a GPS system.
A vehicle parked curbside on the 4500 block of El Carro Lane had a window shattered and a briefcase containing a checkbook and business paperwork stolen. The victim valued the briefcase at $50 and the window at $200.
The third window smashing that night happened at 1405 Tomol Drive, but the victim reported no items were taken or rummaged through within the vehicle.
Then on the afternoon of Feb. 18, a vehicle in a lot at the industrial park on Via Real had its window smashed. The victim reported that a purse on the center console containing credit cards and identification was stolen. The purse was valued at $50 and the window at $200.
Reports for Feb. 21, 2013
Two women living under the same roof accused one another of knife threats. The alleged altercation stemmed from one of the two women—the 67-year-old landlord—constantly accusing the tenant, 65, of spraying too much Febreeze. According to deputy reports, the long-simmering dispute came to a head in early February and resulted in an agreement to part ways and not press charges.
On the day of the knife incident, the landlord, who rented a room to the other woman, again complained of excessive aerosol use. Then the two shared the kitchen and the landlord noticed the tenant using a steak knife to make a sandwich. When the landlord passed closely by the tenant, the tenant reportedly uttered, “Don’t come any closer or you’ll get stabbed.” At that point, the landlord grabbed the phone, gesturing like she was calling the police, but the tenant reportedly apologized before she dialed. The landlord then typed up a 30-day eviction notice, citing both the tenant’s tendency to spray things and knife threats as reasons she needed to vacate the premises. The landlord told deputies she did not want to press charges; she only wanted documentation since she anticipated a civil suit.
Deputies took a statement from the tenant, who described the landlord as unstable and falsely representing the situation. On the day in question, she was making a sandwich when the landlord began laying into her again for what she said were imagined clouds of aerosol spray. She set down the knife, and the landlord picked it up and continued berating her. The tenant said at that point she gave her 30-day notice and left the room.
The tenant was confused when she received an eviction notice, according to reports. She responded in writing to the eviction by stating she had already given her notice and by refuting the landlord’s accusation about the knife statement. In her statement to deputies, she also declined to press charges.
A woman who decided to sublet a room in her apartment came to realize the revenue-generating move wasn’t worth it. Deputies received a call at the termination of the lease agreement at Banner Avenue on Feb. 8. The renter accused the sub-letter of assault after reportedly being pushed out the door while trying to get a rent refund.
The sub-letter, 32, reportedly had come to her wit’s end when she returned home to find the renter, 51, in the throes of a marathon shower. Counting the minutes, which reportedly added up to about 120, the sub-letter eventually told the renter to get out of the shower.
The renter, who had first signed on for a two-week stay before extending her tenancy a month at a time for two months, took offense to being ordered out of the shower. The following day, she said she would be moving out of the “toxic environment.”
She returned with her daughter and demanded a refund of rent from the remainder of the month. The sub-letter refused, saying she needed notice. According to the renter, that’s when the sub-letter got aggressive and pushed her against the wall before pushing her out the door. She wanted to press charges she said.
For her part, the sub-letter told deputies she never touched her accuser.
Deputies filed a report with the district attorney’s office for potential charges to be brought on the sub-letter and advised all parties that civil matters should be handled in court.
Burglary: Carpinteria Avenue
Possession of a dangerous non-narcotic: Casitas Pass Road
Public intoxication: Casitas Plaza
Theft: Ortega Hill Road, Evans Street, Lillie Avenue, Palmetto Way
Trespassing: Carpinteria Avenue
Vandalism: Ortega Ranch Road
Reports from Feb. 14, 2013
SEE YOU A PHONE AND RAISE YOU A KEY:
A man denied usage of a convenience store bathroom reportedly threw a fit on Via Real at 1:45 a.m. on Feb. 5. A deputy investigating the incident found the man might have been prone to outbursts due to being too intoxicated to be in public.
When the deputy arrived, he spotted the man, 27, standing outside the open driver’s side door of a vehicle. The man, an Inglewood resident, reportedly walked with an unsteady gate toward the deputy and said, “What happened?” The deputy asked the man for his ID, but the man, who reeked of alcohol, handed over his phone. He told the deputy he was headed home and the truck wasn’t his. Home was the motel next to the convenience store, he said. Beyond that, the man, who had bloodshot eyes, had trouble communicating. The deputy again asked for an ID, and the man handed over his motel room key.
The store clerk said the man walked in accompanied by a woman at about 1:40 a.m. He stumbled up and down aisles, almost falling down before asking to use the restroom. The clerk said, “No.” This reportedly upset the man, and both the clerk and his woman friend urged him out of the store while he became more combative. The clerk told him she was calling the cops, and the man said, “Go ahead.”
When the deputy arrived, the woman accompanying the man asked to be excused, and the deputy determined that she was not being investigated and could leave.
The deputy surmised the man was too drunk to operate his body in public and arrested him. Upon his arrest, the man said the vehicle was his, so the deputy had it towed.
A man looking to settle a score with an acquaintance over his girlfriend being tailgated in traffic reportedly pulled up to the acquaintance’s place and got into a rumble on Feb. 4 on Catlin Circle. Witnesses who were at the park across the street reported the fistfight. Both men involved in the fight were averse to talking to law enforcement and pressing charges through the normal channels of the criminal justice system.
From the little information deputies were able to glean from the mum alleged combatants, they learned that one of the men, 27, had rolled up in his SUV and engaged in a fight, first verbal and then physical, with the 21-year-old. Both men said they were acquaintances and had gotten along in the past.
One man said he pulled up in his vehicle after spotting his acquaintance on the side of the road because the roadside man, who was at his residence working on a car, had tailgated his girlfriend. After the men exchanged words, the driver exited his vehicle and bloodied the other man’s nose as he had his own lip bloodied. Another man who was assisting in the vehicle maintenance stood aside and cheered. Neither man elaborated on how the fight started, nor did either want medical attention. A witness said he thought the men were just wrestling before he realized that they were playing for keeps and he phoned the sheriff’s department.
When the deputy arrived, he ordered the men to sit at gunpoint before handcuffing three men for fear that they had weapons.
The investigation then turned to the man’s vehicle, which was parked on the wrong side of the street due to the sudden nature of his stop. The vehicle was registered to the man’s mom, but he considered it his and had permission to drive it, he said. However, the man had a suspended license, so deputies had the vehicle towed and issued an additional ticket to the man for operating without a valid license. Both men received disturbing the peace citations.
Burglary: Foothill Road
Forgery and counterfeiting: Carpinteria Avenue
Theft: Colville Street
Vandalism: Casitas Pass Road
Warrant arrest: Aragon Drive
Reports from Feb. 7, 2013
A man complaining of a disruptive neighbor on Summerland’s Calle Culebra called sheriff’s deputies to complain of a mysterious situation involving the man downstairs banging on walls with a broom and repeatedly yelling, “Turn it on!” The man phoning in the complaint, 57, said he was concerned that the situation with the downstairs neighbor, 28, might escalate, particularly since the downstairs neighbor threatened as much after being ordered off the upstairs neighbor’s balcony during his “turn it on” episode.
A little investigation revealed that it was the internet modem he wanted turned on. The man upstairs, who controlled the modem, noticed that its row of blinking lights had gone dark. He called the service provider and found out the internet was down in the area. He relayed the message to the downstairs neighbor, but the unsatisfied tantrum-thrower reportedly kept being uncivil. The upstairs neighbor reported the hostility to the landlord and was expecting an eviction notice to be issued. He said the downstairs neighbor continued to intentionally slam doors and bang brooms on walls. He only wanted to file a report to law enforcement; not to file charges. Officers ordered him not to confront the neighbor and to call the sheriff’s department instead.
A man who exited his Manzanita Street home to do laundry at about midnight on Jan. 29 earned gratitude from numerous neighbors when his late-night laundering landed an alleged thief who had reportedly broken into four neighbors’ vehicles.
The man called the sheriff’s department to report a suspicious person in the street. When deputies arrived, a woman, 22, was reportedly walking from a stoop toward the road, but upon seeing the patrol car, she did an about-face. Deputies probed the area where they’d seen the woman and found a backpack and miscellaneous items scattered on the lawn. The woman, who was playing coy, attempted to blend into some shrubbery near the residence.
Asked what she was doing, the woman said she was looking for a person named Jaime at the home. She didn’t know Jaime’s last name. Deputies contacted the property owner, who reportedly said of the trespasser, “She don’t belong here. That’s why the dogs were barking.”
Under interrogation, the suspect reportedly blamed friends for the theft. She was not breaking into vehicles, she said. Instead she was more like a pack mule, walking with a backpack while the other women involved stuffed it with items from unlocked vehicles. Deputies found the backpack where she had dropped it while searching through it for her personal cell phone, she said.
Officers recovered many items, including an iPod, that had been taken from vehicles at five addresses on Manzanita Street. The woman, who was a familiar face to local deputies from past drug-related incidents, was arrested for alleged theft from the vehicles.
A man who was allegedly driving five passengers in his truck—one in the bed—away from downtown Carpinteria on 8th Street at about 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 27 was pulled over and accused of being too drunk to drive.
A deputy spotted the party truck departing from Linden Avenue and noticed that a passenger who could not fit in the front of the truck climbed into the bed. The deputy observed the truck pull away and make a wide corner, during which it nearly swiped some vehicles, before it over-corrected and straddled the centerline.
Upon making a traffic stop, the deputy reported that the driver, 27, smelled strongly of alcohol and fumbled around for his license. A preliminary breath test recorded the man’s blood alcohol content at .226, nearly three-times the legal limit. The man claimed he’d only consumed a beer several hours earlier but was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence.
Burglary: Avenue Del Mar, Padaro Lane, Serafin Lane, Via Real
Driving under the influence: 7th Street
Possession of a dangerous narcotic: Casitas Pass Road
Public intoxication: Linden Avenue, Rose Lane
Theft: Shepard Mesa Lane, Linden Avenue, Bailard Avenue
Reports from Jan. 31, 2013
SLOW CHILDREN AT PLAY:
A decade-long neighborly dispute reportedly needed law enforcement intervention following a Jan. 16 incident when a neighbor reportedly resorted to barking from his yard to tell another neighbor to “slow down!” on Azalea Street. The road monitor, 63, reportedly marched down the street the following day to further his complaints and berated the speeding neighbor’s wife. Deputies investigated and learned from an additional neighbor that words were in fact exchanged. Another man said he witnessed the confrontation between the street monitor and the wife and thought it was impolite. The street monitor estimated that his neighbor blew through the neighborhood at 35 miles per hour and had to slam the brakes before entering his driveway. The driver, 51, who called, said he simply wanted a report taken to document what he considered bad behavior by the street monitor.
A woman readying to mix a batch of brownies removed her rings to avoid dirtying them with batter on the afternoon of Jan. 13. She thought the four rings were safe inside the Carpinteria Avenue residence and among her company of two women and a man, but when she found her diamond ring missing, she suspected that an acquaintance had sticky fingers without dipping her hands into the batter.
The victim noted that another woman in the residence, 18, was fingering and admiring the ring. Still, the victim felt the rings were secure and went into another room, leaving them on the kitchen counter. The ring ogler then announced she was going to the store with her male companion, 20, to pick up some cigarettes.
After they left, the victim noticed the one valuable ring of the four was gone. They tried texting the missing woman, diplomatically asking if she’d kept the ring by mistake, but the suspect did not text back. As of the time of the report, the ring was still missing and deputies had not questioned any people of interest.
BETTER THAN TELEVISION:
A vigilant woman walking from her residence to a neighbor’s on Holly Avenue on Jan. 20 observed an unfamiliar man walking up the driveway to an apartment complex parking lot. The hooded man made a sudden turn to avoid the woman, and she continued to observe him as he reportedly wandered into a neighboring empty lot and began poking around on the ground. She felt the whole thing was out of order but carried on with her visit to her neighbor. Half an hour later, she observed the same hooded figure creeping up the driveway. She popped out to see what he was doing—she suspected he was casing cars for valuables. Instead, he was posted up outside a window looking in. Once he saw her looking at him, he ran. She followed and caught up to the young man again in some bushes at the front of the complex, but he then fled farther away and she lost track of him. Deputies investigated, and the residents of the apartment where the man was looking in didn’t know they were being watched.
Burglary: Via Real
Vandalism: Ash Avenue
Reports from Jan. 24, 2013
Soon after learning that a surfboard was stolen from outside a Linden Avenue surf shop on the afternoon of Jan. 11, an alert deputy spotted a man walking on Carpinteria Avenue carrying a soft-top board matching the description of the missing one.
When stopped by the deputy, the suspected surfboard thief, 27, said he hadn’t the faintest idea what a deputy would want to talk to him about. He’d recently acquired the surfboard, he said, in a trade. An expert deal-maker, he gave two cigarettes to a guy named Johnny in exchange for the board.
The deputy then interviewed a friend of the suspect. He told a different story. The forthcoming friend said the duo had met at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission and had boarded a bus to spend the day in Carpinteria. When strolling on Linden Avenue, his friend had stolen the surfboard. He asked him to return it, but the friend refused.
When informed by a deputy that the friend had told on him, the suspect reportedly said, “Why don’t you just lock me up then?” The deputy fulfilled the request when arresting the man on charges of theft and possession of a small amount of marijuana.
A woman seeking justice after her wallet was stolen out of her grocery shopping cart on Jan. 12 tracked down the man she suspected had stolen the purse using a Facebook post as a clue. The suspected thief, 20, is friends with her son on Facebook, so when she noticed that he’d posted a new photo that appeared to match the décor of a motel room, she phoned a couple of the local motels and found the one where he was registered. Deputies used her detective work to track down and arrest the suspect on Jan. 13.
The alleged crime occurred at a Linden Avenue grocery store at about 7 p.m. According to the victim’s statements to deputies, she was shopping when another customer warned her that a man standing nearby was eyeing her purse, which was placed in the child’s seat of her cart. She noticed that the purse ogler had crept closer to her, but she continued to shop. Then she reached up to grab some groceries off the shelf and after doing so noticed that the suspicious man had vanished. A quick check of her purse revealed that her wallet, and the $1,200 it contained, were missing.
The woman yelled for the thief to stop, and a fellow customer heard the call, so he followed the thief out of the store, where he witnessed the thief ditch the wallet in a trash barrel. The man retrieved the wallet and returned it to the woman, but the money, along with gift cards, a credit card and some prescription pain pills were missing.
Deputies took a report of the alleged crime but were unable to find the suspect until the next day when the woman tipped them off about the motel where the man was staying. The suspect was familiar to deputies from previous run-ins, so they verified his probation status, which permitted deputies to search the man’s room, before they knocked at his motel room door.
Deputies noted that upon entering the room they were engulfed by the smell of marijuana. Also, two other men were present, so deputies drew their guns and handcuffed everyone in order to secure the situation. A quick ransacking of the suspect and the room turned up gift cards, pain pills and a credit card, which had been slid beneath the mattress, with the victim’s name on it. Deputies also noted that they uncovered a small amount of marijuana and a potato with burn marks on it likely carved out and used to smoke the marijuana. The suspect had only $6 in cash.
Quizzed about his potential involvement in the wallet theft, the man denied any wrongdoing. He said he was never at a grocery store the previous evening. Told by deputies that surveillance footage would poke holes in his story, the man reportedly said, “That’s something they’ll have to prove in court.” The man said the gift cards were his, and he had the pain pills because he liked them. After that he stopped talking.
Deputies also searched his home bedroom but did not locate any more evidence or cash. The thief’s urine tested presumptive positive for meth, marijuana, opiates and benzodiazepines. Deputies arrested the suspect and released the other two men.
Burglary: Mark Avenue
Theft: Carpinteria Avenue (2), Sawyer Avenue, Via Real
Vandalism: 5th Street, Linden Avenue, Sandyland Road
Reports published on Jan. 17, 2013
TWO FOR NONE:
A Carpinteria man who arranged a vehicle trade on Craigslist—his 1998 Audi for another man’s 1994 Acura—reported to sheriff’s deputies that the Acura owner left with both vehicles.
The men had communicated several times before finally rendezvousing for a potential swap on Concha Loma Drive at about 2 p.m. on Jan. 4 at the residence of the Audi owner. The Acura owner and a passenger pulled up, and the Acura owner wanted to take the Audi for a spin before completing the trade. The Audi owner consented to the test drive but warned the Acura owner to not go too far since the car was low on gas and had been running poorly.
All was going as planned when the Audi and its test driver returned after a short spin. The test driver left the car running and said he wanted to complete the swap. The Audi owner said he’d be right back and turned to go into his residence to retrieve a pen in order to document the transaction. Once inside, the man heard the vehicles drive off and returned outside to find both the Audi and Acura, driven by the Acura owner’s companion, driving away. The Audi owner gave chase in a separate vehicle up Carpinteria Avenue and to the Bailard Avenue/Highway 101 South onramp before giving up and calling for law enforcement intervention.
Deputies took the report and investigated a phone number used by the Acura owner. It was tracked to the City of Industry, but nobody answered.
A Be On the Lookout order was issued for the stolen vehicle but as of the time of the report the Audi was not tracked down.
SPITFIRE COFFEE SPAT:
An unsatisfied customer at a Carpinteria Avenue coffee shop first engaged in a war of words with a fellow customer and then the altercation allegedly escalated to the parties exchanging spit on Jan. 1 at about noon. One customer involved in the dispute entered the fray on behalf of a barista who was being berated. He told sheriff’s deputies that in addition to the saliva shower he received from the unsatisfied customer, he was also gashed under the eye with a fingernail.
According to deputy reports, the incident began when the unsatisfied customer, a 37-year-old woman, claimed her coffee drink was made incorrectly. She expressed as much to the barista before returning to the register to get her money back. She also expected a free, correctly concocted drink to be promptly available when she turned back to the barista, but the drink wasn’t ready. At that point, she became really upset and reportedly laid into the barista.
At that point, the fellow customer, a 24-year-old male, sympathized with the barista and intervened to tell the woman that the drink mistake was a customer error in communication, not a barista error. This blame game reportedly pushed the already aggravated costumer over the edge. The battling customers continued raising their voices until emitting words wasn’t enough, and the woman reportedly spit at the man. This prompted the man to return the favor. Then at some point, the woman reportedly swiped a hand across the man’s face causing a one-inch gash that the officer noted looked “reddish” and “fresh.”
When deputies arrived to investigate, only the intervening customer remained on scene, and he wanted the woman prosecuted for battery. About a block away from the coffee shop, the woman’s boyfriend approached deputies to deliver her side of the story. He said that his girlfriend just arrived home and was distraught. She said two men had just “got up in her face” and spit on her.
Deputies noted that the involvement of a second man had been omitted by both the intervening customer and the barista, when they told their versions of the story. The second man—and the second alleged spitter—happened to be the fiancé to the intervening customer. The man’s fiancé reportedly stepped in as a back up spit cannon after the first spit exchange had already happened.
According to the accused woman, whom deputies caught up to at her residence, her accuser was yelling so hard that he sprayed spittle all over her. The misty spit storm she received prompted her to load up and spit back, she said. She also denied any face swiping. The men who had yelled at her were generous in their usage of the C-word, she added. She wanted prosecution not on the original intervening customer, but on his fiancé, who she said was holding a white dog and came in late in the exchange to deliver a cheap spit shot at her. She thought the men were friends with the barista. And she claimed the barista was chit chatting with other customers and had delivered three drinks before getting to her corrected order; that’s why she was so mad.
Deputies cited the woman for alleged battery and reported her counter-accusation against the fiancé to the district attorney’s office for possible charges.
Assault: Carpinteria Avenue
Burglary: Serena Avenue, Ocean View Avenue, Cravens Lane
Possession of opium/cocaine: Padaro Lane
Theft: Whitney Avenue, Lillie Avenue
Reports published Jan. 10, 2013
IT WASN’T ME:
A man with a guilty conscience landed himself in a deputy’s radar even though nobody had called dispatch following an oral dispute at a Carpinteria Avenue motel on Dec. 26. As an officer patrolled the motel parking lot, the guilt-ridden man happened to be walking toward the vehicle and reportedly uttered, “You should never have been called over here; it was just a disagreement.” Given reason to be suspicious, the deputy investigated what “was just a disagreement,” even though a call for service had never been received.
According to the suspicious man, he and his roommate had recently quarreled over gift cards. Now he was in the process of moving his belongings out of the room. The roommate corroborated the story, adding that he’d told his roommate that he was calling 9-1-1 but dialed his own number instead as a way to get the roommate to leave. Deputies documented the suspicious situation but made no arrests.
Driving under the influence: Carpinteria Avenue
Public intoxication: Carpinteria Avenue
Theft: Sandyland Road
Under the influence of a controlled substance: 9th Street
Warrant arrest: Carpinteria Avenue, Casitas Pass Road, Via Real
Reports publish Jan. 3, 2013
Deputies received several reports of a group of young men or boys vandalizing vehicles on Carpinteria Avenue on Dec. 21 and 22. The group reportedly sprayed white faux-snow onto vehicles, including one vehicle that was hit twice. The second time, a vandal wrote a malicious word with the snow, and the victim told deputies he considered it a personal attack since it was repeated. The deputy noted that the man washed the faux-snow off and no damage was done. The man said he had encountered a giggling group of young men earlier.
FIND A HAPPY PLACE:
A man who dialed 9-1-1 when he reportedly was having paranoid delusions did himself in when he was found in the home the call originated from and deputies suspected he was on drugs. Deputies knocked at the door of the Eleanor Drive home at about 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 24, and the residents said everything was fine. They were unaware a 9-1-1 call had been made. Officers were familiar with the home and thought the source of the call might be a man, 21, whom they had apprehended in the past.
The groggy women who answered the door said that the man in question was in the home, but they weren’t sure where. He showed up very late that night and might be in the garage, they said.
Deputies searched the garage but found nobody. They turned back into the house to continue the search when a deputy noticed the bottom of two shoes underneath a table. The tablecloth obscured the rest of the man’s body until a deputy swooped it up and saw the man on all fours, butt toward the deputies. It took some cajoling for the man to emerge from under the table.
The man was on parole, and he told deputies he had just left a sober living home and returned to his grandparents’ Carpinteria home only a few hours ago. He heard suspicious noises outside and became paranoid so he dialed 9-1-1, he said. He attributed his delusions to schizophrenia, but deputies found evidence of meth usage in the man’s urine. The man also admitted to using heroin a couple of days prior. He was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance.
A deputy investigating reports of an assault in the area of Rincon Hill Road and Highway 150 on Dec. 17 found a vehicle pulled over with one man lying in fetal position in the ditch and another man, 47, on two feet at the scene.
Asked why the man was on the ground, the standing man said the man on the ground was his business partner and was suffering a schizophrenic episode. However, while he was telling his story, a woman reportedly tapped on the deputy’s shoulder and whispered new information. She said the man was fibbing and had boasted to her about assaulting the man on the ground, but the woman, who was described as a bystander, soon left without elaborating further.
The deputy asked the suspected assaulter to step aside and wait by the patrol vehicle while he examined the man on the ground. However, when the deputy lowered himself to check on the man on the ground, he found that the suspect was hovering over him. He ordered the suspect back to the bumper of the patrol vehicle, but he refused to budge. Eventually, the deputy tried to force him to comply, but the man was hard to move. The man reportedly said he knew his rights and wouldn’t follow the deputy’s command. Another deputy arrived and threatened the insubordinate suspect with a taser, which calmed him down.
The man on the ground was reportedly sobbing and bleeding from the nose. He and the suspect had left a store in Carpinteria and were headed to a spot where they usually pitch a tent, he said. They are transients and operate a woodcutting business together, he said. Their conversation on the ride from Carpinteria to their camping spot became heated when the man on the ground confronted the suspect about being too pushy and ordering him around while they worked. The suspect reportedly pulled over the vehicle and strangled his complaining colleague before jabbing at his eyeballs with his fingers. The victim never lost consciousness while having his neck wrung, he said. He explained that the blood on his nose was the result of a dog bite wound from the previous day coming unstitched. He wanted to make a citizen’s arrest. Deputies noted that both men smelled of alcohol and that the victim seemed genuinely fearful of his business partner.
When asked about the new information, the suspect denied it all, and stood by his statements about schizophrenia. He removed a cell phone from his pocket and told deputies he was dialing the victim’s mother so she could back him up on the schizophrenia claims. The mother, however, was confused about the conversation and deputies ended the call.
Deputies arrested the suspect for assault, but he didn’t go down easy. Two officers were needed to force the man into cuffs.
Burglary: Via Real
Driving under the influence: Palm Avenue
Possession of synthetic narcotics: Cramer Road
Public intoxication: Yucca Lane, Cameo Road
Theft: Whitney Avenue, Carpinteria Avenue, Casitas Pass Road
Under the influence of a controlled substance: Carpinteria Avenue, Dahlia Court
Vandalism: Carpinteria Avenue,
Warrant arrest: Via Real
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