Santa Barbara – Among the Top Ten Rules for Successful Thievery, one would think that “don’t steal in your own neighborhood” might rank high on the list. Apparently, that fundamental tenet escaped the educational experience of 22-year old Cody Clark, a resident of Santa Barbara’s stylishly rustic Mission Canyon, within a stone’s throw of the city’s historic Mission itself.
According to Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Kelly Hoover’s recently released report to the media, over the past four months the tony residential neighborhood has been the target of numerous home and auto burglaries. Because of vigilant homeowners in the area and an active Neighborhood Watch program, citizens were able to conduct surveillance on their own and to ultimately provide law enforcement “with videos and photos” identifying Clark as the principle suspect.
With that information and a warrant for the search of his residence in hand, Clark was contacted at home on September 12th whereupon Sheriff’s detectives discovered “more than 50 pieces of stolen property including jewelry, computer components, cell phones, cameras, wallets, and a bicycle.” Further investigation established that Clark had perpetrated his series of thefts during the darkness of night, specifically targeting unlocked motor vehicles, all within close proximity to his own place of residence.
Clark was arrested and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of grand theft and possession of stolen property.
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