June 6

Burglars steal away

Deputies responded to a ranch in Santa Ynez on a report of possible burglary. They spoke to the ranch’s caretaker, who led them to an airplane hangar located on the ranch, about 200 yards from Highway 154. He stated they found a broken window on the western wall earlier that morning, and when they checked the inside, they noticed several bins, canisters and cabinets had been rummaged through. He believed a toolbox might have been stolen. The deputy was unable to lift fingerprints because the suspect(s) apparently used gloves. The case was suspended, pending leads.


June 12

Eco-Stripe vandals

A man reported that the Pony Baseball Field dugouts in Santa Ynez had been vandalized. One of the field’s board of directors reported that on June 12 he found white-colored paint had been used to write vulgar language and obscene images inside the two dugouts located at the southwest corner of the field. He said he found several cans of striping paint had been located in a batting cage. The deputy located green-and-black colored “Eco-Stripe” paint on the ground near the dugouts. He didn’t find any evidence of forced entry into the cage, but he located several fingerprints on the cans and sent them to the Sheriff’s Forensics unit. The case was suspended, pending leads.


June 15

Lost and found

At 2:14 p.m. a deputy responded to Zaca Station Road on a report of a woman sitting on the side of the road. Upon arrival, he saw the woman, 53, curled up in a ball and laying on the shoulder. After he identified himself, she slowly sat up. She could not state how she got to the area and didn’t know where she was. She told the deputy he could retrieve her driver’s license in her purse. A computer check revealed that she had three bookable warrants for her arrest. The deputy arrested her and found a partly broken glass pipe with white residue inside. The woman was transported to county jail. During booking, a second glass pipe was found inside her pants.


Cleaned up

A manager of a café in Los Olivos reported that a contracted janitor stole an iPod from the business. She said the business contracted Jan-Pro janitorial services on June 13. She learned that one of the crew members stole the iPod after checking video surveillance. The manager contacted the crew leader, who apologized for the incident and reimbursed the café for the iPod. The manager declined to press charges, but insisted the incident be documented.


June 17

One thing leads to another

At 9:51 p.m. deputies responded to Pine Street on a report of a vehicle stolen. He spoke with the victim, who said he parked his 1996 Ford Explorer in front of his home at 1 a.m. and returned at 9 a.m. to find it missing. He said the vehicle was unlocked and that he accidentally left the keys in the center console area. He described the vehicle’s color as willow green. There was no evidence left at the scene. During questioning, the man’s sister learned that someone had entered her unlocked vehicle, but she was in possession of the keys and nothing inside was taken. The deputy examined the vehicle for prints but found nothing. A check of the area for additional evidence was unsuccessful. The case was suspended, pending leads.


Left holding the bag

A woman reported that her iPhone, her debit card and her driver’s license had been stolen. She said the theft happened after she entered Ti Amo in Solvang. A male subject later entered the store and the clerk told the two that he’d be closing. The victim said she had her single-strap gray purse around her shoulder with a pouch for her cellular phone. She remembered the man bumped into her and then began arguing with the clerk before leaving eastward on Copenhagen. She left the store to make a phone call and noticed her phone was missing. She recalled the man holding a brown paper bag with two handles and believes he placed her items in it. The deputy unsuccessfully attempted to contact the employee at the store to see if it was under surveillance.


June 18

Can’t fake it

A deputy heading west on Mission Drive spotted a car with its front lights out. He stopped the vehicle near Alamo Pintado Road and asked the driver, 43, for her license, registration and insurance. She provided him with the vehicle’s paperwork but didn’t have a license. She stated she was headed home from the Chumash Casino. The deputy asked her if she was a legal citizen. She said she wasn’t and has been in the country for 20 years and only had a Mexican passport. He arrested her and located an expired California driver’s license under her name. A computer check showed it expired in 2005. The deputy then found tax documents showing fake Social Security numbers that she admitted she used to pay taxes and obtain employment. She was booked into Lompoc City Jail.


June 19

Agony of the feet

At 6:45 p.m. a deputy fresh off his patrol shift spotted a white Ford truck traveling 80 mph on northbound Highway 154. When the vehicle slowed to 65 mph, the deputy noticed a rear passenger had opened the door and was dragging his feet on the ground. Another deputy traveling from Buellton saw that the vehicle had been stopped by a CHP officer near Alamo Pintado Road. The driver was being arrested for DUI. The deputy noticed three occupants, a 23-year-old male and a male and a female minor. The deputy asked the 23-year-old why he was dragging his feet out of the car. The man, who smelled of alcohol, said he was “just being stupid.” The deputy noticed friction marks on the bottoms of the man’s shoes. He told the man he could have seriously injured himself if he had fallen from the vehicle. The man admitted he’d consumed five beers and four shots of rum earlier. He submitted to a Breathalyzer test and blew a .216 BAC. He was booked into county jail.


Cover up

Deputies were dispatched to the 1800 block of Laurel Avenue in Solvang on a report of vandalism. They met with a few residents who said that several areas of the block were spray-painted on June 19. They said on June 16 there was a house party, and they saw several people standing around the area where the graffiti was found. The case was suspended, pending leads.


June 20

Carried away

At 7:27 a.m. deputies responded to residence in Buellton on report of a stolen child carrier trailer. The victim noticed the trailer missing from her child’s bicycle at 7 a.m. After reporting the theft, she called authorities again after finding the carrier on the sidewalk in front of a neighbor’s home. A deputy spoke with the resident, who said she’d never seen the bicycle trailer before and didn’t know where it came from. The woman said her boyfriend, 52, often brings home items that students from Isla Vista throw away. The owner of the carrier identified it as hers, based on the wear and tear. The next day the deputy contacted the man, who could not explain how a neighbor’s carrier ended up on the property. He then claimed he found it in Isla Vista. Not believing him, the deputy arrested the man and booked him into Lompoc City Jail.