Video Surveillance Helps Police Arrest Vandalism Suspect

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Source: Santa Maria Police Department

Because of good video surveillance gathered from local businesses , a patrol officer was able to recognize a felony vandalism suspect weeks later.

On 7/14/18 at about 0956 Hrs. a @SMPDHQ officer was on patrol in the area of Town Center West when he saw a subject on a bicycle that matched photos of a subject responsible for thousands of dollars in damage at three local businesses during the past few weeks.

The officer quickly determined during the investigation that Robert Valencia (9/7/82) was the suspect responsible for the damage and theft at the local businesses and took him into custody. Valencia was booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail for felony vandalism, possession of burglary tools, and possession of a controlled substance.

The businesses that were victimized over the past month had invested in a good surveillance system that captured the crimes as they occurred. When making the report the original officers were able to secure video surveillance of the illegal activity from the reporting parties. Officers then shared several still photos of the suspects in a Be On the Look Out with other officers that lead to the arrest today. We applaud the local businesses in this case for making the investment in a quality surveillance system that made it possible for us to locate and arrest the suspect and prevent other crimes from occurring in our community.

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Luvaduck Jul 15, 2018 10:15 AM
Video Surveillance Helps Police Arrest Vandalism Suspect

For every addict there's a first time, a second, a third that they themselves chose. With the exception of pain killers administered for trauma, no one prescribed or forced drugs onto them. While the public has to deal with it--it's very expensive-- most drug addiction starts as a volitional. That should be kept in mind when dealing with addicts--and with children. "An ounce of prevention is worth [more than] a pound of cure" in many instances and this is one.

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