Carpinteria Deputies Arrest Prolific "Smash and Grab" Auto Burglars
Carpinteria - October 21st, 2013
approximately 2:30pm on 10/20/13, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office
deputies responded to a report of an auto burglary that had just occurred within
the city limits of Carpinteria. The city of Carpinteria and unincorporated areas
of Summerland and Montecito have recently seen an increase in auto burglaries in
which the suspects smash a window and remove items of value. During a recent
burglary in Summerland, a concerned citizen reported seeing a black two or four
door sedan fleeing the area.
responded to local gas stations and searched for black sedans in the area.
During this time the recent burglary victim was notified that her stolen
credit card was being used a gas station in the 4400 block of Via Real in
Carpinteria. A patrol Sergeant located a black two door sedan leaving one of the
local gas stations in the general vicinity. The vehicle was stopped for a
vehicle code violation and the three occupants were contacted.
investigation the stolen property from the recent Carpinteria city burglary was
located throughout the vehicle. Additional stolen property from the recent auto
burglaries in Summerland and Montecito (including the one related to the
concerned citizen tip) was also located. Deputies continued their investigation
and found that the suspects also had over a dozen other victims’ property
including purses, electronics, cellular phones, personal identifying
information, credit cards and checks. The majority of these victims reside in
Ventura County including Oxnard, Ventura, Moorpark and Thousand Oaks. Burglary
tools used to enter vehicles were strewn about and also collected as
Deputies arrested the occupants of the vehicle who were identified as Oxnard
residents, David Revelez (01-29-74, Frances Revelez (08-25-1953) and Sandra
Namchek (12-04-1973) Namchek was also found to be on active Ventura County
Probation for narcotic related charges.
Frances Revelez and
Sandra Namchek were both booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail for violation
of 496(a) P.C. – Possession of stolen property with their bail set at
$20,000.00. David Revelez was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail for
violations of 459 P.C. – Burglary (2 counts), 496(a) P.C. – Possession of stolen
property, 484(g) P.C. – Unauthorized use of credit card, 14601.1 CVC – Driving
on a suspended driver’s license with bail set at $200,000.00.
The stolen property
from the Santa Barbara County burglaries is being released back to the victims.
The Ventura County law enforcement agencies have been notified of the suspects’
arrests and that property will be released to those victims in the near future.
Additional charges in Ventura County are expected.
The city of
Carpinteria contracts with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office for law
enforcement responsibilities. The city of Carpinteria and the Sheriff’s Office
reminds vehicle owners to utilize anti-theft devices, lock their vehicle
doors/windows and keep their valuables out of plain view. Report any suspicious
subjects to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office at (805)681-4100.
For Media Inquires Contact PIO Kelly Hoover
Business Hours: (805) 681-4100