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Residential Burglary Arrest
updated: Jan 21, 2013, 2:07 PM

Source: SBPD

Matthew Storm Baucom, age 39, and Brooke April Standish, age 33, both of Santa Barbara, were arrested in connection with a residential burglary that occurred on the 400 block of Alameda Padre Serra on January 16, 2013. Baucom is currently being prosecuted for a residential burglary that occurred on the 3700 block of Greggory Way on June 3, 2011.

On January 16, 2013 at 10:43 p.m., Santa Barbara Police Department Officers Tom Eccles and Beth Lazarus responded to a residence on 400 Alameda Padre Serra to investigate a report of a burglary. Upon arrival they contacted two victims who advised the following. The victims had been gone from their residence most of the day, returning at 9:00 p.m. to find doors ajar and items missing from one of the bedrooms. Taken in the burglary were seven watches and a large sum of cash. Fortunately, the victims had security cameras installed at their residence that recorded the crime in high quality digital video. The video depicted the suspect arriving at the residence in a white Ford Explorer at 11:33 a.m. The victims' digital video recorder was taken to the SBPD Crime Lab where the video of the incident was recovered and preserved as evidence.

Still images of the suspect from the video were disseminated to SBPD personnel on the following day. Several detectives recognized the suspect as Baucom and believed that the vehicle he was using belonged to his girlfriend, Standish. A records check confirmed that Standish owned a Ford Explorer and that recent contact was had with Baucom at an apartment on the 300 block of Palm Avenue. Detectives from the Property Crimes unit, Narcotics unit, and officers from the Criminal Impact Team obtained a search warrant for the apartment and conducted surveillance in the area of 300 Palm Avenue. Baucom was observed getting into Standish's white Ford Explorer and driving away. He was eventually stopped on 3200 Calle Real and taken into custody. Among the items discovered during a search of the Ford Explorer were gloves, lock picks, and a messenger bag identical to the one used by Baucom in the burglary at 400 Alameda Padre Serra. Baucom was found to be an unlicensed driver and the vehicle was impounded.

Detectives executed the search warrant at the apartment on Palm Avenue and contacted Standish there. During the search they discovered articles of clothing resembling that worn by Baucom during the burglary at 400 Alameda Padre Serra and found five of the watches stolen from the residence in Standish's underwear drawer. They also recovered a quantity of cash in Standish's purse believed to be the remainder of what was taken during that incident. Also found in Standish's purse was a dose of the drug Suboxone, for which she did not possess a prescription. Additionally, among her personal files detectives found a notebook containing numerous access card numbers and PINs that did not appear to belong to her.

Baucom was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail for residential burglary, a felony, and possession of burglary tools and unlicensed driver, both misdemeanors. His bail amount is $50,000.00.

Standish was arrested and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail for accessory to a crime (burglary), possession of stolen property, possession of a dangerous drug, and possession of access card information, all felonies. Her bail amount is $20,000.00.

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