Four juveniles were arrested early Thursday after they allegedly committed a string of vehicle burglaries in Orcutt, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies responded shortly after 2 a.m. to the 700 block of Royal Terrace on a report of suspects checking the door handles of vehicles and pilfering items from those that were not locked, said Raquel Zick, sheriff’s public information officer.
Upon arrival, they found a juvenile getting into a blue Infinity QX60, which had been reported stolen Wednesday out of Arroyo Grande.
The juvenile was arrested, and deputies recovered property that was stolen from other vehicles in the area, Zick said.
A second juvenile was arrested moments later, while three other suspects ran from the deputies in the area of Hummel Drive and Glen Cairon Drive, Zick said.
“Deputies set up a perimeter around Hummel and Glen Cairon, and dispatch sent out a notification asking residents to shelter in place while they searched the area,” Zick said.
Following a door-to-door search, two additional juvenile suspects were arrested at about 4:40 a.m. on the 600 block of Glen Cairon, Zick said.
The stolen vehicle was towed and stored, Zick said, adding that the juveniles, whose names were not disclosed because of their ages, were released to their parents.
A complaint will be sought against each of the juveniles alleging felony charges of vehicle theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, and conspiracy, and misdemeanor charges of vehicle tampering, prowling, theft during a state of emergency, petty theft and violation of nighttime curfew, Zick said.
The investigation is ongoing, and deputies are seeking unreported victims, as well as any video footage of the suspects or the vehicle from this incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Santa Maria Sheriff’s Substation at 805.934.6150 or email Deputy Riggar at firstname.lastname@example.org.