Five Suspects Arrested After Vehicle Stopped in Montecito

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Five Suspects Arrested After Vehicle Stopped in Montecito
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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

At approximately 8:15 p.m. on February 6, 2018, Sheriff’s detectives with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Bureau were patrolling the Montecito disaster area when they observed an SUV leaving Coast Village Road. A vehicle enforcement stop was conducted on the vehicle for observed vehicle code violations. 

After the occupants of the vehicle were contacted, it was discovered the ignition was “punched” and the vehicle was being driven with a tool. Sheriff’s detectives suspected the car was potentially stolen or otherwise unlawfully possessed and removed the three occupants from the vehicle. During this process, a spent handgun shell casing was observed on the backseat, causing detectives to believe a firearm was possibly in the vehicle.


 The driver, 30-year-old Frank Clark of Port Hueneme, was discovered to be on AB109 Post Release Community Supervision probation out of Ventura County. A vehicle search was conducted pursuant to Clark’s AB109 probation terms. The search yielded a large amount of loose ammunition in the backseat and a tactical backpack containing more handgun and assault rifle ammunition. The investigation revealed that the two passengers, 46-year-old Michael Reardon of Santa Barbara and 32-year-old James Wilson of Camarillo had outstanding warrants for their arrest.

The investigation led detectives to a Santa Barbara hotel in the 1100 block of E. Cabrillo Blvd. where the three subjects were associated with two hotel rooms. Detectives conducted a probation search on Clark’s hotel room pursuant to his probation terms. Detectives contacted 36-year-old Victor Rodriguez of Ventura and 34-year-old Colin Moore of Oxnard who both had outstanding warrants out of Ventura County.

The probation search yielded a Glock handgun, high capacity handgun magazines, and more ammunition. Detectives conducted further investigation and discovered the firearm and ammunition were stolen that day in a residential burglary that occurred in the City of Port Hueneme. SIB detectives are currently working with Port Hueneme Police to identify further crimes that could have been committed by these suspect(s).

Clark was booked on charges of driving on a suspended license, being a felon in possession of ammunition and a felon in possession of a firearm as well as possession of high capacity magazines.
Reardon and Rodriguez were booked on their outstanding warrants. Wilson was booked on his warrant arrest for theft crimes, possession of methamphetamine and providing false information to a peace officer. Moore was booked on his no bail warrants for theft crimes and for impersonating another.

If you have any information that would assist investigators, you are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 805-681-4150 or to leave an anonymous tip, call 805-681-4171.

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CivilEngineer Feb 09, 2018 01:42 PM
Five Suspects Arrested After Vehicle Stopped in Montecito

Nobody was charged with stealing the car. Does that mean if they didn't steal the car, then all of the other charges will have to be dropped? Or is it enough that they had outstanding warrants?

Becky Feb 09, 2018 11:52 AM
Five Suspects Arrested After Vehicle Stopped in Montecito

Good job, SBSO. Thank you. 5 more probable predators off the street.

That said... Please be more careful/ accurate in your reporting, SBSO. As most of your officers can tell you, "handgun and rifle ammunition" is more accurate than "handgun and assault rifle ammunition." "Assault rifle" is a loaded political definition, meant to trigger an emotional response. It is not an accurate description of any caliber of ammunition. As well, the photo appears to show one high capacity magazine, while the other magazines appear to be CA compliant 10-round magazines.

For the non-gun knowledgeable readers, felons & those on probation are prohibited from having or being in proximity to guns or ammo. These people had a gun & some ammo for that gun, as well as ammunition for some other gun(s) that was not in the car with them (or at least is not pictured).

Roger Feb 08, 2018 05:12 PM
Five Suspects Arrested After Vehicle Stopped in Montecito

I agree with "because you said so it's gotta be true." And I like Jerry Brown go ahead vote us down it's all you people can do. Thugs got released just as quick when Arnold was the gov. he was a republican.

Roger Feb 08, 2018 06:59 PM
Five Suspects Arrested After Vehicle Stopped in Montecito

3 Strikes law What a con that was three felonies your out of course some has 2 misdemeanors and a felony and got life What a con made a lot of folks life long criminals. Heard about a guy last felony was stealing food in Carpinteria got 25 years....What a joke.

Nature Boy Feb 08, 2018 05:41 PM
Five Suspects Arrested After Vehicle Stopped in Montecito

COASTWATCH: So you deem that they received too-light sentences for their original crimes? What WERE those crimes, and what were their original sentences? Oh, you don't know because it wasn't in the story? Ok...

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