Photo: Jose Calixto
Santa Barbara County – Once again technology nabs a suspect committing a crime. The look on the face of 30-year-old Santa Barbara resident Jose Calixto’s jailhouse mugshot is clearly a reflection of his confusion and surprise pursuant to his August 24th arrest for burglary.
It was in the early afternoon on that day when, according to Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Kelly Hoover, Calixto was the subject of a 911 Emergency call from a Hope Ranch homeowner reporting “a male subject in side her home.”
Calixto was the only person inside the home at the time. He was completely unaware that “a security camera installed inside the residence” watched him in action. As a result, the victim saw the images in his smart phone.
Once she notified law enforcement of the intrusion, deputies attached to the Goleta Valley Patrol Bureau, accompanied by local area CHP units and officers from the Santa Barbara Police Department all rolled up to the house and “established a perimeter around the home.”
By that time, a SBSD K9 unit was also on the scene “to assist in the investigation.”
Law enforcement of course did not require much investigation. Cops spotted Calixto crawling through an open window and exiting the house into the backyard. He was no doubt surprised to see all the cops and a snarling dog waiting for him. They promptly took him into custody “without incident.”
Calixto possessed several pieces of property stolen from the residence. He enjoyed a ride to Santa Barbara County Jail. His charges are residential burglary and possession of stolen property. His bail is $50,000.
Photo: Courtesy Santa Barbara County Jail Booking