Man Steals over $50,000 Worth of Merchandise While Out on Bail for Burglary
Photo: Sara Thames and John Cassaro
A man and woman were arrested for allegedly burglarizing a garage in Huntington Beach. While out on bail after this incident, the male allegedly went on to steal over $50,000 worth of additional items.
The first incident took place at about 9:30am on June 20, 2020, in the 18000 block of Applewood Circle. The victim found that many items had been stolen out of his garage after suspects had forced the garage open. Video footage showed both a male and female suspect committing the burglary, as well as the suspect vehicle and license plate.
Huntington Beach police officers found both the vehicle and suspects at a hotel in Westminster. Suspects John Cassaro and Sara Thames were arrested and booked at Huntington Beach Jail. Cassaro was released on bail a few hours later, while Thames remained in custody.
At about 1:50pm on June 24th, officers responded to a storage facility in the 7000 block of Slater after a woman had called 911 to report that she was stuck inside a U-Haul truck. Officers found both the woman and the truck, as well as burglary suspect John Cassaro. Cassaro was arrested after officers discovered he was in possession of a significant amount of methamphetamine. Investigators also found that the U-Haul truck parked next to the storage unit had been reported stolen, and the storage unit was in Sara Thames’ name.
“Inside the stolen U-Haul was approximately $50,000 in stolen merchandise from an unreported commercial burglary in the City of Santa Ana,” according to Huntington Beach police. “Inside the storage unit, additional stolen items were discovered to include stolen items from the garage burglary on Applewood, as well as stolen items from Quiksilver in the City of Huntington Beach. A large amount of additional narcotics was also located inside the storage unit.”
Cassaro was arrested once again. Included among his “various charges” were possession of narcotics, possession of a stolen vehicle, and possession of stolen property.
As of July 1st, police had not yet located the owners of all the stolen items. They posted pictures of many of the items on the Huntington Beach Police Department Facebook page. If you have had items recently stolen, please take a look at their post here (https://www.facebook.com/HuntingtonBeachPolice/posts/3355848441126364).