Package Thief Arrested in Santa Barbara

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

At approximately 2:30 p.m. on October 11, 2018, a resident in the 100 block of Walnut Avenue discovered two packages had been stolen from his front porch with the assistance of security cameras on his residence. On October 30, 2018, deputies were able to identify the suspect as being 44-year-old Guillermo Gomez of Santa Barbara. Deputies located and arrested Gomez at his residence in the City of Santa Barbara. Gomez was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail for a violation of California Penal Code Section 488 – Petty Theft and 496 – Possession of Stolen Property. He is being held on $2,500 bail. Fortunately, deputies were able to recover the stolen property and return it to the victim. 

As the Holiday Season approaches, many will do their holiday shopping online. To ensure safe delivery of your packages and keep them out of the hands of thieves, follow these security tips:

- Set up alternative delivery/pickup options through your local delivery services. Whether the majority of your packages are delivered by the U.S. Postal Service, UPS, or FedEx, each offers alternative delivery and pickup options. For example, UPS has an expanding Access Point network that provides for delivery and pickup of packages at local grocery or convenience stores in various neighborhoods. Let the delivery company know when you will be home. 

- Discourage thieves from targeting your residence with a few strategic home security devices. Home surveillance cameras can be effective crime deterrents. Your home security cameras should be prominently displayed where potential criminals can see them, yet high enough to prevent them from being tampered with. Outdoor security lighting and a home alarm system can also be effective crime deterrents. 

- Keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles and subjects in your neighborhood. Putting a stop to package theft and residential burglaries is a team effort. Talk to your neighbors and encourage everyone to keep an eye out for suspicious activity (an individual or vehicle following a delivery truck, a stranger removing a package from outside a residence, etc). Please report suspicious activity to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office by calling 911. If you need to report a theft which occurred earlier, you may go to http://www.sbsheriff.org to file an online report or call our non-emergency number at (805) 681-4100.

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Luvaduck Nov 02, 2018 09:00 AM
Package Thief Arrested in Santa Barbara

And yet some people wonder why others are suspicious of anyone strange in their neighborhood! Knowing your neighbors and watching out for each other has become a necessity. Now that I'm thinking about it, that's <another> service moms performed before families couldn't get by on one ordinary income.

Concerned4Calif Nov 02, 2018 08:28 AM
Package Thief Arrested in Santa Barbara

44 years old and still stealing anything that is not nailed down. He probably has a family and bills to pay. Its expensive here. He will likely get off with probation and be back to "work" shortly. I sincerely doubt he will change his stealing ways.

a-1571050622 Nov 01, 2018 02:34 PM
Package Thief Arrested in Santa Barbara

Am I the only one who noticed that the security cameras were in on it? That's how this grammar mistake reads . . . Read it again, folks: "At approximately 2:30 p.m. on October 11, 2018, a resident in the 100 block of Walnut Avenue discovered two packages had been stolen from his front porch with the assistance of security cameras on his residence." See? The cameras assisted in the theft. You disloyal cameras, aiding and abetting. Shame on you. (Not to mention the fact that the security cameras should be "at" the residence and not "on" it.)

a-1571050622 Nov 01, 2018 09:01 PM
Package Thief Arrested in Santa Barbara

Yes! I had a good chuckle, and sent it to a friend last night. Saw it on a nixle note. This one too: "[They] discontinued the pursuit when speeds accelerated due to public safety concerns. "

Ahchooo Nov 01, 2018 02:15 PM
Package Thief Arrested in Santa Barbara

I understand that thieves are hoping to get stuff they can sell, but with so many of us buying mundane stuff online these days, it seems like a poor risk. Why risk jail so you can get the brass polish and bug traps I received in my last box? Or the size 3X underpants I ordered for my elderly aunt? Lots of people buy stuff like that from Amazon these days--way not worth going to jail for.

a-1571050622 Nov 01, 2018 10:48 AM
Package Thief Arrested in Santa Barbara

Would someone knowledgeable please do a posting about home surveillance cameras. Pros and cons regarding your experiences. What did you buy? Hard to install? Lessons learned.

Flicka Nov 01, 2018 10:39 AM
Package Thief Arrested in Santa Barbara

Packaging dog droppings and leaving on the porch would give a thief a deserved "reward". Once when we had packages delivered I grabbed them right away (our doors are always open, hence, we know when deliveries are made). Shortly, the mailman came back to see if we'd taken them in; he'd seen someone slowing riding a bike down our street and wanted to make sure the rider hadn't stolen our boxes.

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