Serial Commercial Burglary Suspect Arrested
updated: May 02, 2014, 1:05 PM
Source: SB Sheriff's Office
A transient believed responsible for a rash of recent commercial burglaries in the City Goleta and the nearby unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County is in custody at the Santa Barbara County Jail. On April 23, Sheriff's deputies arrested 21-year-old Dylan Heintze on Walnut Lane in the vicinity of where several of the burglaries he is charged with committing occurred. Heintze has previous convictions for burglaries in both Santa Barbara and Los Angeles Counties and has been under investigation for the past several weeks.
The investigation began on April 4, at approximately 4 a.m., when Sheriff's deputies responded to an alarm at the Valero gas station located at 5661 Calle Real in Goleta. Sheriff's deputies discovered evidence of an attempted burglary at the scene. About an hour later, an alarm was activated a few miles away at Magnolia Liquors, located at 5100 Hollister Avenue, in the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County. When Sheriff's deputies arrived, they found the front glass door shattered and cash taken. Video surveillance from both businesses indicated the same person was responsible for both crimes.
On April 9 at around midnight, Sheriff's deputies responded to an alarm at Sneaker Time in the Magnolia Shopping Center at 5140 Hollister Avenue. When Sheriff's deputies arrived, again they found the front glass door had been shattered and cash was taken.
At around midnight on April 18, Heintze was arrested for prowling when he was contacted at the rear of Sneaker Time after the close of business. At this time, there was not enough evidence to arrest Heintze for the other offenses.
On April 23, a string of burglaries occurred in the early morning hours in the City of Goleta. The Kentucky Fried Chicken at 5697 Calle Real, the India Club next door at 5701 Calle Real and the Fairview Car Wash down the road at 42 North Fairview Avenue were all burglarized. It took several hours before the crimes were reported to the Sheriff's Office. Video surveillance indicated it was the same suspect responsible for all three burglaries and matched the description of the suspect who had committed the prior burglaries. The suspect was identified as being Heintze.
Sheriff's deputies searched the Tatum Property located behind the Turnpike Shopping Center in the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County where Heintze is known to frequent but he was not located. He was however found nearby walking on Walnut Lane and was wearing the same clothing seen on surveillance video from the burglaries that morning. Sheriff's deputies also located evidence tying him to the initial burglaries.
Heintze is known to local law enforcement and had recently returned to the area. He was convicted in May of 2011 for a residential burglary and for a burglary at San Marcos High School. Heintze also has a burglary conviction in Los Angeles County. He had recently been released after serving his sentence and completed his probation just hours before committing the burglaries on April 4.
Heintze is charged with five felony violations of burglary and remains the suspect in several additional ongoing investigations.
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