Feb 20, 2014 1:06 AM by Connie Tran, KSBY News
The Arroyo Grande Police Department gave KSBY details on stolen goods they believe a Los Osos man took from people's homes, cars, and a commercial business on the Central Coast. Police said 35-year old Ryan Dutra may have also hit multiple parts of the state, stretching from the bay area, to Monterey County, even down to Los Angeles County. They believe the alleged burglar has stolen hundreds of items of property, and there could be a lot of victims out there.
"In many cases like this, there's a number of different reasons why people commit a crime like this. And sometimes there really just isn't any rhyme or reason to the things that they take," said Detective William Raetz with AGPD.
Raetz said after a search warrant was granted to search Dutra's car and home, they seized power tools, cordless power tools, car keys, garage door openers, electronic devices, and even people's mail, among other things. He says the police department has about 350 pieces of property and they're trying to sort out what is stolen and what is legally Dutra's. Raetz said the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office has a ton of seized stolen property as well.
Dutra has been in custody at the Santa Barbara County Jail since January 21 and the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office said now he faces multiple felony charges including second degree commercial burglary and grand theft of personal property.
Dutra was first arrested on January 19 after AGPD said he broke into a Chevrolet dealership and took keys, tools, and paperwork from that business. Police said he posted bail, but then was arrested two days later in Santa Maria, after the Santa Maria Police Department said he was loitering near a broken-into business and then they found evidence that linked him to the burglary of that business.
Dutra's wife, Camille Deperna, was also arrested in connection to some of these alleged burglaries.
Raetz said, "Using serial numbers and other technology we have available to us, including working with other agencies here in our county, we've been able to identify at least a dozen victims of previously and some unreported crimes. People that the property belongs to and we are currently in the process of contacting them and advising them that we have their property in our custody."
AGPD said it urges the community to come to them if they have been a victim of a car theft or home burglary, because the alleged stolen goods could be yours. They said people should email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dutra is expected in court next week.
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