Couple Connected to Recent Honda Burglaries Arrested
Carpinteria - August 8th, 2013
An Arroyo Grande couple suspected of committing a large amount of auto and mail
theft burglaries during a crime spree that stretched from Pismo Beach to
Carpinteria is arrested and behind bars. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s
Deputies arrested 33 year old Zachary Hamlin and his girlfriend, 39 year old Amy
Northcote yesterday, August 8th following a citizen
tip and traffic stop. In addition to methamphetamine and cash found in the
vehicle, deputies found a large amount of stolen property connected to recent
Honda Accord and Honda Civic auto burglaries in Carpinteria, Montecito, Santa
Barbara and IslaVista.
At around 11
a.m. in the 5500 block of Carpinteria Avenue, Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a
traffic stop on a vehicle for committing a traffic code violation. During
the traffic stop, a deputy observed that the vehicle and the description of the
two occupants inside, matched the description of the suspects and vehicle
reported by a citizen to be involved in mail theft. When deputies made contact
with the two occupants, they found that Hamlin was on active probation in San
Luis Obispo County for theft related charges and that Northcote was wanted by
the Pismo Beach Police Department for similar charges.
Deputies searched the car and discovered a large amount of stolen property, identity theft materials, narcotics and U.S. currency. Some of the items
included GPS units, i-Phones, credit cards, electronic devices, cell phones,
checks, I.D. cards, purses and clothing. A large amount of stolen mail from
residents in Montecito, Carpinteria, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County
was also located in the vehicle. Deputies also found more than one half of an
ounce of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $1,000 along with
drug paraphernalia. There were also tools used to break into Hondas and other
vehicles strewn about the car and collected as evidence.
Northcote were both booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail for
violations of 11378 H&S – Transportation of methamphetamine, 496(a) P.C. –
Possession of stolen property, 529 P.C. – False personation of another, 530.5
P.C. – Identity Theft, Title 18 USC – Mail theft, 11364.1 H&S – Possession
of drug paraphernalia, 466 P.C. – Possession of burglary tools and 472 P.C. –
Possession of false government seals. Bail is set at $500,000 dollars each.
The investigation is on-going and additional charges for the suspects will be filed
with the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office in the near future.
Residents who may have been the victim of a recent auto burglary, specifically
from a Honda Accord or Honda Civic, are encouraged to contact their local law
enforcement agency as their property may have been recovered.
The Santa Barbara
County Sheriff’s Office reminds vehicle owners to garage their cars if possible
and to utilize anti-theft devices such as alarms and steering wheel locks.
Citizens should also lock their vehicle doors/windows, keep their valuables out
of plain view and remove mail from the mail box on a daily basis. Also, if you
see suspicious activity, please contact law enforcement immediately.
The City of
Carpinteria contracts with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office for police
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