Gang Member Arrested for Vehicle Tampering
updated: Oct 30, 2013, 2:03 PM
Cameron Lee Hadighi, age 25, of Santa Barbara, was arrested for the misdemeanor
crimes of vehicle tampering and prowling after he was seen making entry into an
unlocked vehicle. Hadighi is a Santa Barbara area gang member and is on
probation for burglary.
On October 30, 2013 at 12:30 a.m., officers from the Santa Barbara Police
Department responded to a call of a suspicious subject attempting to make entry
into a parked vehicle in the alley to the rear of businesses on the north side
of the 3000 block of State Street. The suspect, later identified as Hadighi,
fled the scene just as the first responding officers arrived. Moments after
Hadighi disappeared from sight the manager of a business on the 3100 block of
State Street flagged down officers and advised that he had just heard the sound
of someone running on the roof of his establishment. Several of the businesses
on the 3100 and 3200 blocks of State Street share a common roof line.
Officers formed a perimeter around the building where the footsteps were heard
and summoned the Fire Department to respond with a ladder. After approximately
30 minutes, as officers were preparing to climb onto the roof, Hadighi made his
presence known. He complied with orders to climb down the ladder that had been
erected and was taken into custody without further incident.
The victim of the vehicle tampering was contacted and he identified Hadighi as
the person who made entry into his truck. The victim stated that he was at work
when he observed Hadighi open the unlocked driver's side door of his vehicle and
start to go inside. The victim confronted Hadighi which prompted Hadighi to
leave the scene. Fortunately, the victim's truck was undamaged and nothing had
Hadighi was arrested and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on the
aforementioned charges with a bail amount of $2,500.00. He was also booked on a
no-bail detainer for violation of probation. Our partners in the news media and
our Nixle audience may recall that Hadighi was the topic of the following media
releases issued by this office on January 30, 2012 and April 19, 2012:
Prolific Auto Burglar Arrested
On January 26, 2012 SBPD Property Crimes detectives received information
regarding stolen property. A victim of theft was using GPS software to track
his stolen Ipad. The Ipad was stolen from 1815 Laguna Street and was tracked to
875 Cheltenham Road. Detectives responded to the Cheltenham residence and
contacted Cameron Hadighi, age 23, a renter in the house. Hadighi admitted to
stealing the Ipad and acknowledged that other stolen property was in his room.
Investigation determined that Hadighi was responsible for five auto burglaries,
a theft from an unlocked vehicle, and an attempted auto theft. He was arrested
by Detective Rashun Drayton on these charges and booked into SB County Jail.
Hadighi is suspected of committing as many as forty auto burglaries in the City
of Santa Barbara within the last two months.
Auto Burglar Arrested, Again
On April 18, 2012 at 5:27 p.m., Officer Tom Eccles responded to a call of an
auto burglary on the 100 block of Helena Avenue. Two vehicles had windows
smashed and pocket change and a new wine bottle opener were stolen from one of
the cars. Shortly after this call, Officers Beth Lazarus and Nick Kimsey
responded to a call of a man with blood on his hands near 320 W. Yanonali
Street. This subject, later identified as Cameron Hadighi, age 23, was spotted
by Officer Lazarus at the Train Depot at 209 State Street and detained.
Additional officers arrived to assist. A search of Hadighi yielded the pocket
change and the wine bottle opener that had just been stolen.
Hadighi attempted to run away while paramedics were treating the cut on his
hand, however he was quickly subdued. Hadighi was taken into custody and
secured in a police car. Once in the vehicle, however, Hadighi spit on an
officer through the security screen and kicked out the rear window. Hadighi was
removed from the police car and fully restrained on an ambulance gurney. He was
transported to Cottage Hospital Emergency Room, medically cleared for booking,
and then transported to Santa Barbara County Jail where he was booked on two
felony counts of burglary and the misdemeanors of resisting or delaying an
officer, battery on a peace officer, vandalism, and violation of probation.
A third window smash auto burglary was located on first block of W. Cabrillo
Boulevard, with blood evidence at the scene. If the evidence connects Hadighi
to that crime, a request for an additional burglary charge will be made to the
District Attorney's Office.
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