The following is taken from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department commander's recap 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, May 6:

INCIDENT — A man went to a parking lot in the 1500 block of Mission Drive in Solvang just before 9:50 a.m. to get the 2003 Volkswagen Jetta he’d parked there about 4:30 p.m. the day before and discovered someone had stolen it.

ARREST — When deputies contacted two people sitting in a vehicle inside the Chumash Casino Resort parking structure about 11:23 a.m., they discovered four local misdemeanor arrest warrants had been issued for one of them — Pamela McFarland.

She was taken into custody on the warrants, but during the booking process, deputies allegedly located a credit card inside her bra. McFarland allegedly told deputies she found the credit card but did not locate the person it belonged to.

McFarland was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on the warrants and suspicion of theft of a credit card.

INCIDENT — About 2:30 p.m., a deputy stopped a vehicle in the 1000 block of Edison Street in Santa Ynez because it was allegedly unregistered.

The deputy subsequently learned the driver’s license had been suspended and the person had no proof of insurance.

The driver was issued a citation for driving on a suspended or revoked license and released at the scene. A member of the driver’s family retrieved the vehicle.

ARREST — Deputies contacted Michael Daniel O’Connor shortly before 7 p.m. on Level 4C of the parking structure at the Chumash Casino Resort and allegedly found him in possession of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of a pipe for smoking a controlled substance and was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail.

Monday, May 7:

INCIDENT — A resident in the 400 block of Arden Avenue in Buellton contacted a deputy about 7 p.m. to report an annoying drone flying around the neighborhood.

Neighbors were able to pinpoint the landing zone in the 400 block of Dogwood Drive, a couple of blocks away, and the deputy contacted the resident of the home.

The deputy said the resident would not “confirm or deny” any connection to the drone, he agreed the pilot would stop buzzing backyards and would respect neighbors’ privacy.

Tuesday, May 8:

ARREST — After stopping a vehicle for a missing license plate just after 9 a.m. at Highway 154 and Edison Street in Santa Ynez, a deputy discovered a warrant had been issued for the driver’s arrest, and he was taken into custody.

While making an inventory of the vehicle’s contents prior to having it towed away, the deputy alleged discovered several large knives, 172 rounds of .22-caliber long rifle ammunition, a pellet rifle styled after a Sig Sauer assault rifle and a loaded 22-caliber Ruger 10/22 semiautomatic rifle.

After the driver, who was not identified, was booked into jail, the deputy discovered the man was a convicted felon and asked that charges be filed for being a felon in possession of a firearm and a person prohibited from possessing a firearm in possession of ammunition.

Wednesday, May 9:

ARREST — Deputies went to the Park and Ride lot in the 4200 block of Highway 246 near Highway 154 about 9:25 a.m. to investigate a report of two people siphoning gasoline from vehicles.

During the investigation, Isabel Moreno allegedly admitted to siphoning gasoline, but her boyfriend, Antonio Flores, denied any knowledge of the activity.

After Moreno allegedly consented to a search of her vehicle, deputies said they found multiple methamphetamine pipes, usable amounts of methamphetamine, seven hypodermic syringes and prescription pills in an unmarked prescription bottle.

The person who reported the alleged gasoline siphoning returned to the Park and Ride lot and signed a citizen’s arrest form for suspicion of theft and tampering with a vehicle.

Moreno and Flores were taken into custody and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail. Later, a deputy spoke with the victim of the alleged gasoline siphoning, and he also signed a citizen’s arrest form for theft.

Thursday, May 10:

INCIDENT — The owner of a business in the 400 block of First Street in Solvang reported about 6 p.m. that someone had stolen the cover, valued at $200, from the patio furniture on the front porch of his business

However, the theft was captured on surveillance cameras, and deputies are searching for the perpetrator.

Saturday, May 12:

ARREST — An employee at El Rancho Market in Santa Ynez reported about 5:45 a.m. that someone was passed out inside a van parked in a travel lane of the store’s parking lot.

Deputies arrived and contacted a couple identified as Scott Plechner and Tammy Thompson, and as Plechner stepped out of the vehicle, a methamphetamine pipe allegedly fell out.

During a subsequent search of the vehicle, deputies allegedly located methamphetamine and several hypodermic syringes.

Although deputies said neither suspect could be adequately identified, both were arrested and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and possession of a pipe for smoking a controlled substance.

ARREST — When security officers contacted a man, identified as Audwin Darrett, sitting in his vehicle and playing music loudly inside the Chumash Casino Resort parking structure just before 5 p.m., he allegedly became argumentative.

When undercover officers arrived, Darrett’s actions escalated. He allegedly began poking an undercover officer, at one point pushed him and then punched him in the face, knocking off his glasses.

The undercover officers then subdued Darrett and placed him into handcuffs, but when deputies arrived he allegedly continued to be argumentative. He was subsequently arrested and booked on suspicion of battery.


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