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