Police department weekend wrap up
updated: Nov 16, 2009, 1:36 PM
SANTA BARBARA, CA – 11/16/2009 – Attached are accounts and descriptions of several incidents handled by Santa Barbara Police personnel this past week:
On 9/8, a 23-year-old woman reported her wallet stolen while she was riding the bus. In her wallet was an ATM card with the PIN written on a piece of paper. The same day, unauthorized withdraws were made on her account. Officer Thompson investigated: The withdraws were all made in SB, mostly along the Milpas Street corridor. Several were made at Crown Liquor at 2 N. Milpas Street. Officer Thompson obtained security video photos showing the suspect making withdraws. The store clerk recognized the suspect as a frequent customer who had recently applied for a job. Armed with the suspect’s name and current address, Officer Thompson had no problem locating the suspect: On 11/09 at 7:55 a.m., Officer Thompson arrested Terrence Foulk, age 38, for Burglary, Fraudulent use of an ATM card, and Parole Violation.
On 11/9 at 12:00 noon, Officer Katsapis responded to a residence in the 1200 block of Cacique Street on a citizen call of a prowler. Upon arrival, the male resident (victim) was detaining the suspect, Simon Valadez Palma, age 23, by sitting on him. It turned out the neighbor who witnessed the break-in was the victim’s aunt. She called the victim at his workplace and then called 911. Accompanied by a co-worker, the victim returned home to find Palma walking away wearing his designer jeans and two of his shirts. The victim tackled Palma and held him until police arrived. Palma had entered the residence through a small side window. In addition to this theft, Palma admitted committing a theft to the same residence a few months before. In that earlier case, several changes of clothing were stolen. Palma was booked for 2 counts of residential burglary.
On 11/11, at 10:05 p.m., Officer DeJohn investigated 3 men in the parking lot of a closed business at 200 Helena Street. One man, James Gregory Contreras, age 40, was on parole and subject to search provisions. Officer DeJohn found a crack pipe in his backpack and a bindle of suspected Meth in his wallet. Contreras had a Trek 7.2 fx bicycle in the bushes; it was traced as stolen from a SB residential burglary committed in August 2008. Contreras was arrested for: Possession of stolen property, Parole Violation, drug and paraphernalia possession, and being under the influence of narcotics.
On 11/12 at 10:20 a.m., Officer Little responded to the Brooks Photography campus at 801 Alston Road on a call of suspicious circumstances. A week before, employees discovered a room dead-bolted with a lock that did not belong to the school. They forced entry and discovered evidence of someone living in the room: Clothing, hygiene products, damp washcloths, and other personal items. Today, they found a room normally unlocked that was dead-bolted from the inside. They heard noises, but no one would answer or open the door. When Officer Little arrived, employees forcibly removed the lock and out came the suspect: Michael Othello Shirley, age 40. Shirley said he has been secretly living at the school for 3 weeks. He was arrested for vandalism and trespass.
On 11/12 at 3:00 p.m. Detective Hons arrested Julio Armando Solano for forging and cashing two payroll checks for $575. The employee payee had reported his 2 checks missing from his workplace at a De La Vina Street restaurant. From that point, it was easy to trace the checks as deposited into Solano’s personal bank account. Solano gave conflicting accounts about how he obtained the checks, but there was no mistake about the consequences: he was booked for 2 counts of forgery, burglary, conspiracy, and grand theft.
On 11/15 at 12:20 p.m., officers responded to Plaza Del Mar Park on an assault case. The incident involved homeless people who frequent the Park. According to witnesses, the incident began the night before when the suspect, Michael Robert Faber, age 24, was caught stealing a pint bottle of whiskey from the backpack of a woman transient. As a consequence, Faber was beat up by some of the men. Faber left the campsite, leaving his possessions behind. Today, Faber returned to retrieve his things. When Faber asked where his things were, everyone said they didn’t know, even though some of them did. Faber became angry and attacked three men, all of whom appeared to the officers to be intoxicated. Faber kicked and punched them all, inflicting minor injuries to their heads and upper body. Faber was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon (kicking with his boots.) One victim was treated at Cottage Hospital and the other two declined medical aid.
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