CARPINTERIA — The sleepy burg touting itself as home of “the world’s safest beach”—notwithstanding this year’s frequent great white shark sightings just yards away from surfers and swimmers—saw some mid-day law enforcement action just after noon on November 9th when Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department patrol units reponded to a 911 emergency call reporting a residential burglary “in progress,” according to SBSD Public Information Officer Kelly Hoover.
With witness reports informing deputies that a red Ford Fiesta was seen driving away from the home where the burglary was reportedly occurring, the Santa Barbara County Public Safety Dispatch Center promptly issued a “be on the lookout” for the vehicle.
Attesting to the effectiveness of that system, deputies spotted the Fiesta driving down one of Carpinteria’s principal downtown avenues just “one minute later,” whereupon they performed “a high risk felony stop” at a downtown gas station.
The ensuing search of the vehicle revealed property stolen from the alleged recent burglary, assorted burglary tools, methamphetamine, and other drug paraphernalia.
The entire trio was then taken into custody and transported to Santa Barbara County Jail, where they were booked on charges of residential burglary, conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance, possession of burglary tools, and possession of narcotic paraphernalia.
Ringler’s and Salas’ bail amounts were set at $50,000, while Grizzaffi remains in custody on a no-bail hold pursuant to outstanding warrants.
Photos: Courtesy Santa Barbara County Jail Booking