$50K Bail for BMW-driving Package Thief

$50K Bail for BMW-driving Package Thief
Photo: the package thief’s vehicle

December 6, 2021 – Santa Barbara County, Ca.
As the Christmas Holiday Season approaches in earnest and we’re reminded that ‘tis the season for giving, we’re also reminded that the opposite is sadly true: if you have a criminal proclivity, it’s the season for taking things that don’t belong to you, and if those things are left out in the open for the taking, that’s almost like a gift in itself.

That may have indeed been the mindset of 43-year-old Despiuna E. Flengeris, a Los Angeles resident who was arrested on November 28th while driving around on the quiet streets of Montecito, the affluent neighborhood called home by a plethora of industrial and internet titans as well as by Oprah Winfrey and certain scions of the British Royal Family.

Perhaps Flengeris assumed that using a late model BMW coupe would provide credible “cover” as she cruises the streets on a balmy Sunday afternoon, but she was proved wrong when an alert neighbor called Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s 911 Emergency Dispatch to report a confrontation with an unknown intruder who immediately fled in a BMW. According to SBSD Public Information Officer Raquel Zick, responding deputies located the BMW, conducted a traffic stop, and made contact with Flengeris.

A field interview and investigation established that Flengeris was “in possession of wrapped gifts as well as other items” stolen from multiple residences in the area. She was further identified as “having stolen another package from a delivery driver attempting to make a delivery at a third residence.”

Flengeris was taken into custody and transported to Santa Barbara County Jail, where she was booked on multiple charges of burglary, robbery, possession of a controlled substance, possession of stolen property, identity theft, and prowling, with her bail set at $50,000.

Photo: Courtesy Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department

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Robert L. McCullough

Bob McCullough is a television and screen writer-producer who has worked for every major television network and film studio with more than 200 produced credits. Bob has recently co-authored “Where Hollywood Hides: Santa Barbara”, a hardcover book featuring a wide range of film, television, and music industry celebrities living on the Central Coast. His weekly iTunes podcast about “all things Hollywood” can be heard at http:wherehollywoodhides.com.