ORCUTT A Carpinteria man with outstanding warrants for a series of forgeries and thefts in the Santa Ynez Valley was arrested following a traffic stop Thursday in Orcutt, authorities said.
At approximately 6:20 a.m. Thursday, sheriff’s deputies conducted a traffic stop in the area of Union Avenue and Twitchell Street. The driver, Nestor Sanchez, 35, had a series of warrants and the passenger, Dane Malone, 32, of Santa Barbara, was arrested on drug-related charges after deputies located small quantities of methamphetamine and narcotic smoking paraphernalia inside the vehicle, Kelly Hoover, spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, said in a news release.
Authorities determined the vehicle had recently been stolen from the Isla Vista area and the license plate had been stolen from Carpinteria. Deputies also discovered evidence of mail theft and items that linked Mr. Sanchez to other burglaries and thefts of power tools and bicycles throughout Santa Barbara County, Ms. Hoover said.
Mr. Sanchez was arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen property, mail theft, possession of a controlled substance, a probation violation and the warrants. He is being held at Santa Barbara County Jail without bail due to his probation violation, Ms. Hoover said.
Mr. Malone was cited and released. Authorities are following up with local pawn shops in attempts to recover some of the stolen items. The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 686-5000. To leave an anonymous tip, call 681-4171 or visit www.sbsheriff.org/anonymoustips.html.