Deputies Search for Serial Los Olivos Burglar

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is requesting public assistance to help locate a suspect who is believed responsible for a string of burglaries and attempted burglaries in Los Olivos this past week. Two businesses were hit yesterday, January 10, 2019 and six office buildings on January 8, 2019. The suspect appears to be a young white male adult who is targeting his locations in the early morning hours and in many of the cases drills the lock out to force entry into the establishments.

At approximately 8:20 a.m. on January 8, Sheriff’s deputies received a report that a business has been broken into in the 2900 block of San Marcos Avenue in Los Olivos. Sheriff’s deputies responded and upon further inspection of the business and surrounding offices in the business complex, determined that three other offices in the complex and two nearby businesses also located in the 2900 block of San Marcos Avenue had all been impacted. Four o f the six were burglarized and various items were stolen.

At approximately 7:00 a.m., yesterday on January 10, 2019, Sheriff’s deputies responded to an alarm call at the Figueroa Mountain Brewery Company located in the 2300 block of Alamo Pintado Ave. in Los Olivos. Upon arrival, deputies found an open door but no forced entry and no suspect. An hour later at 8:00 a.m., they were notified of a burglary that occurred in the same block of Alamo Pintado Ave. at Sideways Hardware and Shoes- A Brother’s Restaurant. The suspect forced the safe open and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. Images of the suspect were captured on surveillance video. During the investigation, the Figueroa Mountain Brewery surveillance video confirmed the same suspect had entered the establishment through a window but fled when the alarm was activated. He made off with an undisclosed amount of tip money. The suspect was wearing jeans, a hooded sweatshirt, a backpack, running shoes and a white mask.

The Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Solvang substation at 805-686-5000. For anonymous tips, please call 805-681-4171 or go to our website at The Sheriff’s Office encourages businesses to keep doors and windows locked and double check them, have a surveillance and alarm system in place and always report suspicious activity to law enforcement right away.

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mesarez Jan 12, 2019 12:32 AM
Deputies Search for Serial Los Olivos Burglar

What’s the point of a video surveillance system that doesn’t provide an image clear enough to allow for identity of the criminal? The days of simply installing video cameras to ward of crime, are history. Especially after seeing so many posts, seeking the help of the public, to identify suspects caught on camera. Given the quality of the footage, the camera is the only place they will be caught, in many cases. Criminally minded people know this too. Some of these criminals are not even wearing masks or covering their faces and we still can’t identify them. The recent bank robberies and subsequent camera footage of fuzz and void of detail pleading for public assistance was shocking. Most of the surveillance systems at the banks that’s were robbed did not even get footage of the entire suspect- meaning shoes. I think shoes are possibly the one item criminals don’t toss. Of course they shed the clothes used during the crime immediately but shoes, now that’s another story. It’s hard to find good shoes and well... I’m just saying. Perhaps it’s time to invest in some better quality equipment, folks! There are exceptional systems that use modern technology and deliver clean clear images. What it comes down to is how much do you value being able to catch those who intend to rob, burglarize, vandalize, trespass etc on your property? Furthermore, as it becomes known that security cameras record high quality images that make identification much easier, those days when just the mere sight of a video camera up on the wall was enough to scare away would be criminals, just might make a comeback.

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