Suspected Thief Arrested Following Edhat Tip

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Update by edhat staff
February 24, 2021

The edhat reader who originally shared the video of two people stealing packages from their downtown apartment complex has reported one suspect was arrested. 

After posting the original video on January 6, 2021, edhat received a tip from another reader on the possible identity of one person in the video. That tip was forwarded to law enforcement who was able to positively identify the suspect and make an arrest on February 18.

This is a developing story.

Suspected Thieves Caught on Camera

By an edhat reader
January 6, 2021

Two people broke into 401 Chapala Street in Santa Barbara on December 31st at 3:50 pm. They stole a couple of packages and then got back into their Mercedes they parked out front and drove off. 

SBPD came and took the report but straight out told me even if they caught them they would not arrest them because of Covid?? So we have criminals going around doing all these crimes because they know they will not go to jail even if they get caught. Seems like a win-win for them!?

If anyone has information on the suspects, please call the Santa Barbara Police Department at 805-897-2465 and reference report #21-316.

Below is a video compilation showing the suspects stealing packages:

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a-1609959606 Jan 06, 2021 11:00 AM
Suspected Thief Arrested Following Edhat Tip

Did they say they wouldn't arrest them, or that they wouldn't go to jail? My understanding is that with the zero-bail COVID order, nonviolent criminals are arrested but not booked into jail. They aren't just let off.

RHS Jan 06, 2021 06:18 PM
Suspected Thief Arrested Following Edhat Tip

Correct, they still face criminal prosecution. I do not appreciate the police saying this sort of stuff. They are should not be engaging in political comments when doing their job. Their duty is to enforce the laws as we (The People) write them.

ZeroHawk Jan 07, 2021 10:14 AM
Suspected Thief Arrested Following Edhat Tip

yes this is true and confirmed by several friends working at SBPD. "The people voted for this...just makes our jobs more difficult and simply a waste of time, our hands are tied...we can't do much"

doulie Feb 24, 2021 06:49 PM
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RHS - I didn't read anything indicating ZERO's friends at the PD were on-duty at the time the (alleged) comments were made. What if they were? Like anyone else, cops have the right to say whatever they choose and whenever they choose within the law. If they make illegal/immoral statements I would agree, like the crook you defend, the incident should be properly handled. Why should anyone truly care when the (alleged) comments were made? IMO, the cops and anyone else critical of these changes are 100% accurate. These changes only benefit criminals, written by ignorant legislators. You would probably have your BP go sky high if you were to hear what they might say on duty about certain politicians. Maybe re-education in one manner or another is needed. What do you think?

Babycakes Jan 06, 2021 11:02 AM
Suspected Thief Arrested Following Edhat Tip

I'm not sure how they (criminals in general) get away with this, but this theft could be considered a "poverty" crime. Many cities, such as Seattle, are allowing/considering certain infractions to be considered as poverty (or mental illness) crimes. This frees up the police forces in these cities no focus on more serious crimes. In Los Angeles, the DA has made it known that his office will no longer prosecute: Trespassing /
Disturbing the peace /
Driving without license /
Prostitution /
Criminal threats /
Drug possession /
Minor with alcohol /
Drinking in public /
Public intoxicating /
Loitering /
Resisting arrest / Under the influence of controlled there are no "enhancement" to be considered when sentencing. I suppose that is all coming our way, or is in fact, already the case here in SB.

RobinSB Jan 06, 2021 04:05 PM
Suspected Thief Arrested Following Edhat Tip

Babycakes, i think it's already here.

The new LA DA was the former San Francisco DA and did the same there. The new SF DA has taken it further, decriminalizing pooping in public. So sad for law abiding people. what are law abiding people supposed to do now? What kind of country are we now?

jak Jan 07, 2021 09:54 AM
Suspected Thief Arrested Following Edhat Tip

You don’t get to show up for the crime in a nice Mercedes and then claim “crime of poverty” as a defense. Unless the Merc was stolen or carjacked. But that would make it grand theft or worse.

Basicinfo805 Jan 06, 2021 11:27 AM
Suspected Thief Arrested Following Edhat Tip

Watch your stuff everyone, especially if you live downtown. Sh-t I might have to get a gun or a Rottweiler if this is what things are coming to. The key is to not be the "easiest" place to rip off.

#defundthepolice actually might be working? Yikes.

GrammaSB Jan 06, 2021 05:00 PM
Suspected Thief Arrested Following Edhat Tip

Agree 100% Deal with it yourself drag them onto your property, self defense! Lowlifes in a Mercedes. Champagne taste with Beer Pockets.

Rypert Johnson Feb 24, 2021 05:07 PM
Suspected Thief Arrested Following Edhat Tip

Roger, exactly what happened in Isla Vista a few weekends ago, some residents caught a package thief, they confronted, he threatened with a gun, turns out it was a pellet pistol, they disarmed him and threw him a beating he won't soon forget. Amazing how news travels in a small place like Isla Vista.

CoastWatch Jan 06, 2021 12:06 PM
Suspected Thief Arrested Following Edhat Tip

NOTHING happens- NO consequences for theft in California- It's a free for all. It has nothing to do with COVID and everything to do with District Attorneys and those who you all voted for in Sacramento... Live with it, the criminals are....

Sail380 Jan 06, 2021 02:11 PM
Suspected Thief Arrested Following Edhat Tip

This isn't new or because of covid. The CA people voted in 2016 for Prop 47, reducing several felonies to misdemeanors, selective enforcement and prosecution of crimes. The financial savings were going to fund the "Safe Neighborhoods Act" I hope we all feel safer now that the criminals know if they steal less than $950 they probably won't suffer any consequences.

People, please take the time to read and understand what your voting on.

Paxateur Jan 06, 2021 02:35 PM
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The usual brainiacs drooling in their collective navels again in the comments section.
Only AlexBlue gets credit for asking the glaring question. The rest of you, enjoy your continued irrelevance.

Rinconer Jan 06, 2021 09:18 PM
Suspected Thief Arrested Following Edhat Tip

Sorry you got jacked, they seem pretty brazen.
You had good coverage on cameras, too.
Is there any photo enhancing software you can use on that license plate image to get the perps?

LakerGirl Jan 07, 2021 06:14 PM
Suspected Thief Arrested Following Edhat Tip

When LA defunds the police, crime spreads to Santa Barbara. Look at all the stabbings, shootings, sexual assaults. The left like Newsom and those that support him protect and reward criminals over law abiding citizens. Over 17,000 criminals were released who may had Covid. A chance to be victimized twice brought to you by California Democrats.

Seabird Jan 07, 2021 06:22 PM
Suspected Thief Arrested Following Edhat Tip

Girlfriend. We grow weary of you. Run for council or for congress - otherwise, please take up knitting and do something else with your hands.

Rypert Johnson Feb 24, 2021 05:03 PM
Suspected Thief Arrested Following Edhat Tip

They're getting brazen friends! We know why too. As you can see, he had help. A couple who steals together will hopefully get arrested together!

a-1614284389 Feb 25, 2021 12:19 PM
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Maybe in your twisted world where facts don't matter. Here in reality, defunding the police how zero, zip, zilch to do with criminal law enforcement. It's the orange man tactic people have latched onto: say something incredibly dumb and farcical to distract from the real issue, that it totally prevents even basic discussion of the true issue at hand.

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