Isla Vista Tent City Resident Arrested for Multiple Thefts
Source: Santa Barbara Police Department
On February 5, 2021, a subject stole a bicycle from the side yard of a residence in the 3700 block of San Remo. The owner of the bicycle provided the police with surveillance video of the incident. On the same day, the Santa Barbara Police Department received a report of a person who stole a package from a residence in the 3700 block of Lincolnwood Dr. That resident also had surveillance video of the suspect. Santa Barbara Police Detectives reviewed both cases and determined that the same suspect committed both thefts. Detectives and Officers recognized the suspect as Juan Carlos Cerna, a 26 year old Isla Vista resident. Cerna is on parole for burglary.
On February 17, 2021 SBPD Detectives, with the assistance of a Parole Agent, located and arrested Cerna, who was staying in the Isla Vista tent city. They arrested him for two counts of theft, two counts of prowling, and a violation of his parole. Cerna was found to be in possession of illegal brass knuckles, and was charged with a weapons violation as well.
The victims in both cases used social networking websites, such as Ring Neighbors, to see the crime trends in their neighborhood and recognize the mutual theft suspect. Ring Neighbors is an extension to the Ring surveillance system which allows residents to post videos of suspicious activity in their neighborhood and interface with SBPD Investigators. The use of modern “neighborhood watch” platforms help make a safer community. Please continue to contact the Santa Barbara Police Department at 805-882-8900, for any suspicious activity that is actively occurring or just occurred.
Juan Carlos Cerna (Photo: SBPD)