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Vehicle Tampering Arrest, City Lot 10
updated: Jan 21, 2013, 8:32 PM

Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

David Phillip Nieman, age 22, a felony probationer, was arrested for vehicle tampering and resisting or delaying an officer, both misdemeanors, and violation of probation, a felony. Nieman has had contacts with the Santa Barbara Police Department since August 2012. He is a transient; originally from Eureka, California. He is on probation for assault with a deadly weapon.

On January 18, 2013 at 11:48 p.m., Santa Barbara Police Officers Kyle Crooks, Dusty McGrew, and Aaron Tudor responded to City Lot #10, a multi-level parking structure off of 600 Anacapa Street, on an anonymous call of a subject opening the doors to vehicles parked in the lot. Upon arrival the officers entered the lot from different locations and Officer Tudor subsequently located Nieman on Level B. Nieman, who was carrying a backpack, was observed by the officers looking into several parked vehicles and trying to open car doors. The officers saw him gain entry into a red Ford Mustang with Utah license plates and remain inside the car for several seconds. He then continued to look into additional vehicles until he noticed the officers converging on his location. Nieman tried flee, disobeying commands to stop, and attempted to discard his backpack while running from the officers. After a brief foot pursuit Nieman was taken into custody on Level C.

Inside his backpack Nieman had a set of jumper cables that he acknowledged he took from a car in the parking lot. Additionally, a sunglass case was found on the ground that Nieman also said he took from a vehicle. He would not, however, divulge from which vehicles the items came. The victims of the thefts have not yet been located.

Nieman was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on the aforementioned charges. The misdemeanors carry a bail amount of $2,500.00; the violation of probation has no bail.

The Santa Barbara Police Department would like to remind everyone that when parking in public, please keep your car doors locked, your valuables out of sight, and your keys in your pocket!

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 COMMENT 365979 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-21 08:54 PM

Oh, but he's just a poor down and out "homeless" person...!


 COMMENT 365980 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-21 08:55 PM



 COMMENT 365992 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-22 06:52 AM

Put him away.....he's trouble with a capital "T"....good job SB Police


 COMMENT 366019 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-22 08:01 AM

Obviously the able to work population in this nation outnumbers the jobs available. I cringe at the harsh words. But they don't suprise me. Being heartless is an epidemic, right along with the growing numbers of homeless. If you feel justified in your remarks, then I feel sorry for you.


 COMMENT 366025P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-22 08:20 AM

i don't get why they need to lock him up. just send him back to eureka. what a waste of resources, does anyone believe he'll be rehabilitated by a little stint on county?


 COMMENT 366028 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-22 08:29 AM

City Lot #10: You Will Never Find A More Wretched Hive Of Scum And Villainy


 COMMENT 366036 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-22 08:57 AM

"Transient" and "felony probationer" from Eureka. Sheesh!!

Ship him back and get some proper vagrancy laws back on the books.

Think of the old saying by police when moving hoboes out of town - "He's getting the bum's rush."

And DON'T come back!


 COMMENT 366041P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-22 09:05 AM

Seeing the name "Dusty McGrew" in the list of police, I wonder how many McGrews there are in the police department. It's a relatively unusual name and I wonder are they all the same highly respected family of Mike McGrew?


 COMMENT 366133 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-22 11:56 AM

025p, are you rewriting the laws now?


 COMMENT 366144 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-22 12:16 PM

Likely lead poisoning as a child ... it interferes with development of the pre-frontal cortex that governs social behavior (among other things).


 COMMENT 366173 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-22 01:04 PM

I don't think Dusty is related by blood, I'm pretty sure it's a coincidence. Warner was the Fire Chief years ago, not police. Mike is his son and is a cop.


 COMMENT 366271P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-22 04:09 PM

Just because he's "from" Eureka doesn't mean the City of Eureka bears some responsibility for him. It's a free country. He's here now, he's ours.


 DEEKER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-22 06:54 PM

Dope head for sure


 COMMENT 366957P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-24 10:29 AM

no 133 but i'm sure i could save the county a few million dollars and a lot of headaches if i did. common sense out the window, the letter of the law reigns supreme!


 COMMENT 367057P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-24 01:46 PM

My emotions are mixed. I have come to the realization that most homeless have a family somewhere that have abandoned them for some reason or another. Then there are the ones who are truly ill and need our help. Years ago when I was on a task force, it was brought out that the homeless are made up of 1/3 truly sick people ,1/3 those who knowingly, are habituate and 1/3 those who truly are members of society who choose their life styles voluntarily. I am inclined to be no good at disciplining anyone. Tough love does help but then who is to administer it. I have a dog who is quickly teaching me how to behave and my daughter has one, governed by tough love that is truly a gem and behaves beautifully,understands every spoken word and tries to please. Time will tell which is right and which is wrong. For now I believe the problem with society is that many are waiting for love to kick in as the solution while others feel that tough love is the answer and there are few who know how to administer it.


 COMMENT 367058P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-24 01:53 PM

Mike Mc Grew is the son of Werner and cousin of Dusty also known as Dangerous Dan Mc Grew or so I think. The families are related. Mike has been through hell with the death of his son and Illness of his father Kurt. He is now a sergeant on the Police force and is a dedicated servant of the community. We are lucky to have him and others that serve us well.


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