Javier Vasquez booking photo
SANTA CRUZ — The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office has announced the arrest of 29-year-old Salinas resident Javier Vasquez, who is believed to be responsible for a rash of burglaries throughout Santa Cruz County between September 19th and October 5th.
Authorities kicked off an investigation into a series of burglaries in the Soquel and La Selva Beach areas, during which various items had been taken such as credit cards and, in one case, a ventriloquist dummy. Witnesses had also reportedly seen the same 2005 silver Honda Civic in the vicinity of each burglary.
Many of the stolen credit cards were also later used at various local businesses.
Detectives developed leads which eventually led them to identify Vasquez as their primary suspect. An arrest warrant was issued and, on October 19th just after 5 PM, Vasquez was spotted and contacted in the area of Ohlone Parkway and Lighthouse Drive in Watsonville. He was promptly arrested and booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail on three counts of first degree burglary and possession of credit card information. He is also charged with a warrant out of Monterey County.
He remains in custody on $100 bail.