Officers Interrupt Wallet Thief at 5-Points Shopping Center

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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

On January 27, 2022, around 2:00pm, two Santa Barbara Police Officers were working a special detail designed to address ongoing issues with thefts, drugs, and alcohol-related crimes in the north portion of the city.

As the Officers were patrolling the parking lot of 5-Points Shopping Center (3900 block of State Street), they heard a woman screaming loudly for help. Officers observed a male witness chasing another male, later identified as Dale Dion Quinn, a 53-year-old transient, through the parking lot of the shopping center. Officers detained both subjects and learned Quinn had just stolen a wallet from the victim who was screaming for help. The male witness observed the theft and was attempting to stop Quinn from fleeing.

Based on the victim and witness statements, Quinn was placed under arrest and a search of Quinn revealed he was in possession of the victim’s wallet.   

The wallet was returned to the victim and Quinn was transported to Santa Barbara County Jail. He was booked on Grand Theft from a Person (felony), and Elder Abuse (felony). His bail is set at $50,000.

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a-1643812195 Feb 02, 2022 06:29 AM
Officers Interrupt Wallet Thief at 5-Points Shopping Center

BASIC... if you think about it a tad deeper you might (or not) realize that to a person who lives rough going to jail is actually a workman's holiday complete with warm cot and 3 squares at day.

sacjon Feb 02, 2022 09:30 AM
Officers Interrupt Wallet Thief at 5-Points Shopping Center

BLUE ONION - this raises an interesting question. The guy can't pay bail, so do we let him go or keep him in jail for months on the taxpayers' dime?

Can we exile people? Let's say a homeless person commits a low value property crime (petty theft, vandalism, etc) with no physical harm done to any victim. If they make bail or are released on own recognizance, chances are they won't appear for their hearing. So, to assure compliance, is best bet is to jail them until trial, costing tax payer $$ and taking up space in the jail? Or, do we just cut our losses and kick them out of town? Just a thought.....

a-1643826812 Feb 02, 2022 10:33 AM
Officers Interrupt Wallet Thief at 5-Points Shopping Center

SACJON, I believe what you wrote is just a thought experiment, but exile isn't the answer. Sending homeless criminals elsewhere only exacerbates the problem, albeit not locally. This is a common tactic in conservative areas, but that doesn't make it right or okay, and I don't think we should ever stoop to that level even if "but but but other people are doing it!"

This all leads back, once again, to a massive need for mental health care and drug addict treatment for the homeless community. Until that issue is tackled, there is no better solution than "catch and release".

sacjon Feb 02, 2022 10:55 AM
Officers Interrupt Wallet Thief at 5-Points Shopping Center

10:33 - You're right, it was really just tongue in cheek and not really a suggestion! It's a tough problem with no easy answer. Keeping them locked up awaiting trial costs $$, but letting them go reduces the chance they'll show up in court. Then, what about victim restitution? Homeless people don't have much, if anything, of value. So what happens? If they show up for court, they might get a short jail sentence and the victim is not made whole again. How does that help anyone?

a-1643856399 Feb 02, 2022 06:46 PM
Officers Interrupt Wallet Thief at 5-Points Shopping Center

But then while he's in jail he can't commit more crimes. It's only after he's released that he again becomes a danger to the community. I, for one, vote for the community to be as safe as possible.

ConservativeSB Feb 01, 2022 04:42 PM
Officers Interrupt Wallet Thief at 5-Points Shopping Center

It’s from the PD so they’re taking credit. But from reading the article, the male bystander interrupted the theft and the officers happened to be nearby and heard the screaming. I understand the whole “timing of force or fear” aspect, but in my perfect world, if you purse snatch, regardless off the circumstances, it’s automatically Robbery. Because the person wasn’t “in fear” until the purse/wallet was out of their possession shouldn’t matter.

yacht rocked Feb 01, 2022 05:02 PM
Officers Interrupt Wallet Thief at 5-Points Shopping Center

I don't see anyone "taking credit". The incident description seems pretty "matter of fact". The police happened to be on patrol and saw the chase rather than be dispatched there. That doesn't lessen the outcome.

Blue Onion Feb 01, 2022 05:25 PM
Officers Interrupt Wallet Thief at 5-Points Shopping Center

AHH, the headline takes credit... SHOULD READ:
Citizen helps officers thwart purse-snatching (or similar)

C...SB is correct;
AND until liberals change this also; purse snatching (is) a form of robbery, under California Penal Code (PC) 211.

ConservativeSB Feb 01, 2022 06:38 PM
Officers Interrupt Wallet Thief at 5-Points Shopping Center

Blueonion- the laws around purse snatching are interesting. If the victim is unsuspecting when the purse or wallet is snatched from their hand, then it would be more difficult to establish force or fear. Grand theft is an easy on to establish because it just takes a dollar amount. Could have also been the officers taking the easy route knowing the DA won’t do jack squat about it. Easier to write a theft report than a robbery report.

doulie Feb 01, 2022 07:55 PM
Officers Interrupt Wallet Thief at 5-Points Shopping Center

Conservative - IMO, "unsuspecting" or not, (force) is established when an item is "snatched" from a victims hand. What is it, other than force, that creates this exchange? I question what appears to be the immediate release of the wallet (evidence) back to the victim.

ConservativeSB Feb 01, 2022 08:43 PM
Officers Interrupt Wallet Thief at 5-Points Shopping Center

Doulie- I 100% agree with you. I believe the law should include this type of language. Like “physically taking from a persons physical possession” or something that clearly states you are snatching it from them. And the difficulty for writing a robbery report is clearing that force or fear threshold. Writing a grand theft report is just establishing the worth of the items is more than $950. If you read grand theft reports, many are only about a paragraph long.

Luvaduck Feb 02, 2022 06:05 AM
Officers Interrupt Wallet Thief at 5-Points Shopping Center

Whether "homeless" "vagrant" or "bum" or "transient", this group of people routinely steals be it opening packages of cheese at Ralphs's, Ziplock bags at the Dollar Store or going car-to-car in a parking lot, things I have witnessed. They take bikes from homes, make toxic messes and start fires. They have shown repeatedly that a signicifaicant part of them repeatedly victimizes the rest of us. We need humane asylums for the mentally ill, temproary housing, classes & jobs for those down-on-their-luck or incapable/uneducated in basic economics. That would leave the various addicts, career criminals and bums/hobos. The latter should be shooed back to wherever they came from; criminals dealt with legally. Addicts I have no experience with addicts, so no suggestions.

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