updated: Jul 10, 2012, 1:40 PM
On July 5, 2012 at 11:30 p.m., Officer Scott Klacking responded to the top level of City Lot 10
Anacapa Street on a call of an auto burglary that had just occurred. He contacted the victim, who upon
returning to his Toyota Tacoma truck parked at that location found that it was being ransacked by a
burglar. The victim startled the suspect, who fled. The victim provided a description of the suspect to
Officer Klacking who broadcast it to other officers in the area.
Officer Kody Cardana was working Nightlife Enforcement on 400 State Street when he heard the
broadcast of the suspect description and recalled seeing someone matching it walk by a few minutes
earlier. Officer Cardana located the suspect seated at a table at the Beachbreak Café on 324 State Street
and detained him. He was Paul Ethan Demchuk, age 37, a local transient.
An in-field show-up was conducted and the victim positively identified Demchuk as the person
he found ransacking his car. Demchuk was arrested for burglary and booked at Santa Barbara County
Jail. His bail amount is $20,000.00.
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