FALSE ALARM ON EAST VALLEY ROAD

Monday, August 28 – Deputy Dickey responded to a phone call from the Ventura County District Attorney’s office about a man who said he wanted to kill himself or someone at a golf club on East Valley Road.

The man told deputies he had applied for a home loan four months prior and had not received any information from the mortgage company regarding his loan. He also said the company wasn’t returning his calls.

The man said he left a message with the Ventura County District Attorney’s office saying he wanted to kill himself or someone. “I was just mad and upset and needed some help,” the man reportedly said. “They called me back and everything is OK.”

In his sheriff’s report, Deputy Dickey wrote that the suspect did not indicate he was suicidal or would harm someone.

Wallet Stolen on Humphrey Road

Wednesday, August 30 – In the timeframe of seven hours in the middle of the night, an unknown suspect(s) broke into a vehicle parked at a Humphrey Road residence and stole a wallet. The victim told Deputy McFarlin that the crime occurred between the hours of 12:30 am and 7:30 am.

The victim said she had a few guests over and had parked her vehicle in the driveway with her windows down. When she woke up in the morning she said she noticed her wallet was missing.

Schoolbooks Stolen on Humphrey Road

Wednesday, August 30 – A victim reported that a number of valuables were stolen from a vehicle parked on Humphrey Road. The missing property included books purchased recently from Santa Barbara City College and an iPod.

In his crime report, Deputy McFarlin wrote that the victim parked her vehicle at 10 pm on Humphrey Road in front of her residence. She said she locked her car but left the window down about an inch.

At 7:30 am the next morning, she returned to her vehicle and noticed the driver’s side door was now unlocked and several items were missing.

Deputies advised the victim to notify City College officials of the theft.

Mural Tagged in Brash Act of Vandalism

Wednesday, August 30 – Just as the paint was drying on the restoration and improvement of the Butterfly Lane pedestrian underpass, miscreants left their own signature. The three-foot tall and 10-foot wide inscription “VANDLS” was spray-painted in silver and white in a brazen act that comes only a few days since more than a dozen volunteers completed their project. “I just think it’s disappointing that not only are we seeing more graffiti, but these people also don’t respect public art,” said Austin Lampson, who initiated and shepherded the paint project. “What’s worse is that these people are bored, challenged, have no manners and obviously don’t feel a real sense of community.”

The Montecito Journal has forwarded a photo of the graffiti to the County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies keep an extensive database of graffiti photos and will be able to cross-reference the recent photo with their stock images.

The Butterfly Lane underpass begins on Coast Village Circle, passes under Highway 101 and ends at the railroad tracks in front of Butterfly Lane. Lampson’s project dates back months ago when she approached community leaders and Caltrans to touch up the existing mural and to duplicate that mural on the opposing wall.

The effort involved lengthy permitting procedures, Lampson said, in addition to fundraising time for paint and materials. In all, Lampson and volunteers used about 23 gallons of paint and the entirety of August 26 to complete the project.

Purse Stolen on Seaview Drive

Sunday, September 3 – With the help of a Brooktree Road resident, a purse that gone missing for a day was recovered. The Gucci leather purse, valued at $300, had been stolen from an unlocked convertible vehicle with its top down. The purse contained several credit cards, according to the victim.

The victim said she had been visiting an open house on Seaview Drive and when she returned, her purse had been stolen from her Porsche convertible. She told Deputy Lampe that because she was only visiting the open house for a short time, she left the vehicle with the top down.

The crime occurred between the hours of 12 pm and 12:30 pm.

The following day Deputy Henderson said he received a phone call from a Brooktree Road resident who had found the purse in the bushes while gardening in the front yard.

Fingerprints found on the credit cards were sent to forensics for development.