Orcutt Woman Arrested Following Citizen Initiated Foot Chase

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

At approximately 12:15 a.m. this morning, April 26, 2019, the Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a victim, in the area of Shirley Lane and Dartmouth Lane, in Orcutt. The victim relayed he had located a woman inside his unlocked vehicle parked outside of his residence.

When he confronted the suspect, she fled on foot. The victim called 911 and while on the phone with the dispatcher chased the suspect for several blocks. During the chase, the suspect later identified as being 58-year-old Joann Mari Alley of Orcutt, threatened to stab the suspect. The victim continued to chase Alley who ran into the backyard of a residence in the 3900 block of Loch Lomond Drive. The victim waived down responding deputies and Alley was taken into custody in the backyard of the residence.

Through the course of the investigation, it was determined Alley was in the process of stealing the victim’s car when she was discovered. Additional evidence was also recovered connecting Alley to the theft of a wallet from another victim in the area.

The investigation also revealed Alley is the suspect from an attempted residential burglary on April 24, 2019, near Union Valley Parkway and Highway 101. The Sheriff’s Office is investigating whether she may be connected to additional prowling and theft offenses in the area. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Santa Maria sub-station at 805-934-6150. To leave an anonymous tip, call 805-681-4171. You can also go to our website at https://www.sbsheriff.org/home/anonymous-tip/. 

Alley is in custody at the Santa Barbara County Jail and is being held on $75,000 bail.

Community members are reminded to keep their residences locked even when they are home, to lock vehicles wherever they are parked and to report any suspicious activity. Community members are also cautioned about confronting or chasing suspects; immediately call 911 and remove yourself to a safe location.

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a-1558326769 Apr 27, 2019 12:13 AM
Orcutt Woman Arrested Following Citizen Initiated Foot Chase

Dang. She was actually running? What does her neck tat read? "Spawn of Satan?" Her life sure took a wrong turn. This woman should have been taking basketweaving classes or maybe volunteering as a crossing guard at an elementary school. I hope all the people adversely affected by her thieving get all or some of their possessions back. Lock her up and be done with her.

CoastWatch Apr 27, 2019 08:53 AM
Orcutt Woman Arrested Following Citizen Initiated Foot Chase

You don't get it. She won't be "locked up". In California, you won't go to prison unless you commit a crime that results in bodily harm. She no doubt has been in and out of prison her entire thieving life, but now that we have changed the laws, D.A.'s no longer go after burgs or theft criminals...

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