The following is taken from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office media report for the Santa Ynez Valley patrol.

Those appearing as "arrested" have only been arrested on suspicion of the crime indicated and are presumed innocent.

Sunday, Oct. 17:

INCIDENT — A Santa Ynez man reported at 9 a.m. that sometime over the previous two days, someone had entered an unlocked workshop in the 3200 block of Baseline Avenue and stole several hand and power tools.

Although a complete inventory had not yet been conducted, the victim estimated the loss at $3,000.

INCIDENT — About 10:15 a.m., deputies were called to a residence along Via Juana Road on the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Reservation where the resident told them her white 2021 Honda Civic had been stolen from her driveway overnight.

The woman had previously reported the spare key to the vehicle was missing.

Monday, Oct. 18:

INCIDENT — Deputies responding to a reported burglary in the 1200 block of Alamo Pintado Road in Santa Ynez about 10:50 a.m. and found someone had used a tool to unlatch a window screen and force open a sliding window.

No one was found inside the residence, and there was no indication if anything was missing.

Tuesday, Oct. 19:

INCIDENT — A report of discarded mail about 6:45 p.m. brought deputies to the intersection of Nykobing and Aarhus Drive in Solvang where they found stolen mail addressed to six residences in Buellton.

A canvass of the neighborhood did not turn up any exterior surveillance cameras that might have captured the mail being discarded, but homeowners stated their mail was taken during the night.

The discarded mail was delivered to the Buellton Post Office for a follow-up.

INCIDENT — Deputies discovered a misdemeanor arrest warrant had been issued for a man they found about 11:45 p.m. sitting in a parked vehicle at the Chumash Casino Resort.

While conducting a pat search of the suspect, whose name was not released, deputies allegedly found an undisclosed amount of suspected methamphetamine, and a subsequent search of the vehicle allegedly turned up two methamphetamine pipes.

The man was cited for the warrant and on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance without a prescription and possessing paraphernalia for smoking a controlled substance. He was released at the scene.

Wednesday, Oct. 20:

INCIDENT — Deputies are looking for a man who stole a woman’s keys from her apartment door inside a housing complex in the 800 block of North Refugio Road in Santa Ynez around 3:30 p.m. Oct. 15.

The woman went to the Solvang substation about 11:45 a.m. and reported that at 5 p.m. five days earlier, she had been unable to find the keys to her apartment, although she had used them two hours earlier to open her door.

When the manager reviewed surveillance video, he saw a gray Ford Flex driving onto the property and parking, then a man getting out of the front passenger seat and walking to the front of the building, where he was unable to enter without a key fob.

But surveillance cameras later captured the man walking down a hallway looking at apartment doors when he spotted the woman’s keys still in the lock on her door. He was seen listening at the door for a few seconds, then using the keys to open the door, looking inside, then closing the door.

After walking away and hiding around a corner, the man is seen returning, removing the key from the door and then leaving the property.

INCIDENT — A man living on Six Flags Circle in Buellton reported that at 11 a.m. he found damage to the bumper near the left front tire of his vehicle parked in front of his residence, although he hadn’t seen any damage there earlier in the morning.

INCIDENT — After the California Highway Patrol broadcast an alert about an apparently drunken driver in a white sedan driving westbound on Highway 246 near Ballard Canyon, deputies received a report of a hit-and-run on the highway at McMurray Road about 4 p.m.

The same vehicle, registered to a resident on Calle Lindero in Lompoc, allegedly drove into the rear bumper of another vehicle, leaving a minor scuff mark.

Deputies were unable to located the vehicle near the scene of the collision nor at the registered owner’s address, but the victim expressed an intent to pursue criminal prosecution for hit-and-run driving.

Thursday, Oct. 21:

ARREST — Deputies went to a residence in the 3000 block of Avenida Caballo in Santa Ynez about 1:25 a.m. to serve an arrest warrant for felony reckless driving and resisting arrest that was endorsed for night service and took Steven Nicholas into custody without incident.

ARREST — Two men were arrested around 9:20 p.m. on a variety of suspected theft, weapons and narcotics crimes, warrants and a probation violation after a witness spotted them allegedly stealing a catalytic converter from an RV parked in the 3500 block of Madera Street in Santa Ynez.

The witness said he saw a small dark-colored Honda Civic with a loud exhaust parked by the RV, heard the sound of metal being sawed, then saw a man stand up from underneath the vehicle and get into the passenger side of the Honda with a large object in his hands.

A deputy in the area spotted a vehicle matching the witness’s description near Edison Street and Highway 154, stopped it and found Edgar Puga driving and Alejandro Maldonado in the passenger seat with the allegedly stolen catalytic converter and an electric saw under his feet.

Both men were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a crime and grand theft.

A subsequent search of the vehicle turned up a backpack allegedly containing an AR-style “ghost” assault rifle with a short barrel and a 30-round clip. Deputies also found a Smith & Wesson .38 Special and a polymer 9mm “ghost” handgun. “Ghost guns” are assembled by individuals from kits or parts purchased separately and do not have serial numbers.

Puga was also allegedly in possession of a usable amount of suspected methamphetamine, so he was also arrested on suspicion of possessing an assault rifle, possessing a short-barreled rifle, carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle, possession of burglary tools and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

Deputies also discovered five misdemeanor warrants had been issued for his arrest, and because he allegedly continued to commit crimes while failing to appear in court on his warrants, a judge granted a bail enhancement to $250,000.

Maldonado was also arrested on suspicion of possessing burglary tools, and after deputies discovered he was on parole for burglary, a parole detainer was placed on him by the Probation Department.

Saturday, Oct. 23:

ARREST — When a resident saw three people drive up and steal mail from a group of mailboxes in the 1400 block of Country Way in Santa Ynez about 7:30 a.m., he confronted the suspects, who then fled but drove down a dead-end street.

As they escaped from the dead-end, the resident was able to capture video of the vehicle, including its license plate, and an alert was broadcast for law enforcement to be on the lookout for the car.

Goleta deputies subsequently spotted the vehicle at highways 154 and 101 and arrested the three Oxnard residents inside on suspicion of mail theft, a federal offense.

The three, who were not identified, allegedly said they had been visiting the Chumash Casino Resort and decided to steal mail from throughout the Santa Ynez Valley.

INCIDENT — Investigators are looking for whoever entered an unsecured door at Figueroa Mountain Brewery on Industrial Way in Buellton about 6:40 p.m. and removed a DeWalt 4,000 psi pressure sprayer valued at $923.

The pressure washer was subsequently located stashed inside the packaging hall of an exterior steel building at the brewery.


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