Photo: Deanna Trott
Santa Barbara County – As if Santa Barbara County Emergency Services personnel didn’t have enough to do dealing with an influx of evacuees from Ventura’s Thomas Fire flooding into area shelters and the forced evacuation of communities on the county line, on the afternoon of December 6th a 911-Emergency call reported a broad daylight theft from an Orcutt residence involving the sudden disappearance of a chainsaw.
According to Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Kelly Hoover, it was at 2:00 p.m. when the victim—who had been working with a chainsaw inside his open garage and left his work momentarily to step inside his house—discovered the power tool missing.
A nearby neighbor reported seeing two individuals walking down the street,”one of whom was carrying a chainsaw.”
Responding deputies quickly searched the neighborhood, and with solid descriptions from the victim’s neighbor, spotted two people, “one of which had a chainsaw bar sticking out of his backpack.” When deputies attempted to make contact, the male and female suspects fled and made what was apparently a feckless attempt to hide on nearby properties.
Deputies located 30-year-old Daniel Brown and 28-year-old Deanna Trott, both known transients of the Santa Maria area, and quickly determined that they were indeed responsible for the theft of the chainsaw.
Both were arrested for burglary, possession of stolen property, and conspiracy to commit a crime, and were transported to Lompoc Police Department Jail for booking. Additionally, both suspects were charged with violation of probation terms.
Photos: Courtesy Lompoc Police Department