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.

Thursday, March 22:

INCIDENT — About 1:15 p.m., a man allegedly walked into the El Rancho Market in Santa Ynez, took a bottle of tequila off a shelf and quickly walked past the checkout stands and out the door without paying.

Deputies arrived and arrested Paulino Romero on suspicion of shoplifting and transported him to Santa Barbara County Jail for booking.

INCIDENT — Security personnel at the Chumash Casino Resort asked deputies to respond to the site for a “cooperative” trespasser about 2:35 p.m.

When deputies arrived, the suspect apologized and said he planned to take a bus off the property in the next few minutes. He was issued a citation for suspicion of trespassing and left the property without incident.

INCIDENT — After a woman reported she saw the top of what appeared to be a rifle sticking out of a backpack being carried by a man with white hair and beard in front of Solvang Middle School at 3:14 p.m., deputies arrived at the school within a minute and began checking the area.

Both the upper and lower campuses of the school were placed on lockdown. However, after deputies failed to find the suspect in the area or on either campus, the school was reopened.

After interviewing people in the area, reviewing security camera footage and speaking with the reporting party, deputies determined it was a man walking with a camera and tripod attached to the top of the backpack.

Deputies said the camera had a large telephoto lens with a handle attached, and the woman mistook the handle as the handle of a gun as she was driving by.

Friday, March 23:

ARREST — Chumash Casino Resort security personnel called deputies regarding a “cooperative” trespasser about 2:30 p.m.

When deputies arrived, the suspect said she knew she had been banned from the casino but had recently written a letter to the management asking to be allowed back.

She apparently did not receive a response but went to the casino anyway.

The woman was issued a citation for suspicion of trespassing, had a friend pick her up and left the property without incident.

Saturday, March 24:

ARREST — After a deputy stopped a vehicle for an expired registration about 9:15 a.m. in the 900 block of Edison Street in Santa Ynez, he allegedly saw a hypodermic syringe in the center console.

He also allegedly spotted the stock of what appeared to be a handgun in the console housing where it attached to the dashboard.

The driver, Mark Olivas, a convicted felon and member of a Nipomo area gang, was removed from the vehicle, and a search of the car allegedly turned up a loaded .38-caliber revolver, a loaded Winchester 270 rifle and various rounds of ammunition, including 7.62x39 mm, which is used in Soviet SKS semiautomatic carbines and AK-47 assault rifles.

At that point, Olivas requested a lawyer and refused to speak. He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a person prohibited of owning a firearm in possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm in public and possession of a hypodermic syringe for injecting controlled substances.

Deputies said they later discovered the revolver had been reported stolen in Bakersfield.


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