Disgruntled Employee Charged with Burglary & Vandalism
Santa Barbara County – Intelligent management and supervision of employees is one of the fundamental tenets of running any successful business enterprise. When employee morale ebbs, productivity and profits follow in lockstep. Whether or not inadequate management attention to the welfare and working conditions of its employees is at the root of the problems experienced by Santa Maria, California’s local Spanish-language television station known as “Entravision” is unknown at this time, but the manifestation of one employee’s unhappiness is a remarkable and costly period of property destruction and vandalism.
When Pablo Quiroz, Jr. reached his apparent breaking point, he went on a rampage that severely damaged a company vehicle, broke most of the windows in the corporate headquarters building, and, as detailed by Santa Maria Police Department spokesman Lt. Marc Schneider, “caused a significant amount of damage to computers and equipment in the offices” of the company. When SMPD officers responded to a 911 Emergency call reporting suspicious activity at the Entravision premises well after midnight on June 15th, they found Quiroz, a 34-year old Santa Maria resident, on the premises.
The ensuing investigation at the scene established that Quiroz had driven one of the television station’s vehicles through the company parking area, intentionally “ramming it into another company vehicle in the adjacent parking lot.” Establishing probable cause, no doubt, was the fact that Quiroz had immediately posted pictures of the destruction he’d just caused on his personal Twitter account.
Quiroz was arrested on the scene and transported to Santa Barbara County Jail, where he was charged with commercial burglary and felony vandalism.
Photo: courtesy Santa Barbara County Jail Booking