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UPDATE: Suspect in Shandon crime spree arrested

Posted at 6:13 PM, Sep 20, 2018

UPDATE (6:20 p.m.) – Larry Harvey, the suspect in several vehicle thefts and a home burglary in Shandon, was arrested early Friday evening, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s officials say Harvey was spotted outside a home in the 100 block of South 7th St. in Shandon and ran when deputies arrived on scene.

He reportedly led deputies on a chase through the nearby riverbed, into backyards, and through a home.

Sheriff’s officials say he was apprehended near the intersection of Calle Carmelita and E. Centre St. and taken into custody.


UPDATE (5:10 p.m.) – The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office says Larry Harvey, the man suspected of stealing several cars and breaking into a Shandon home, remains at large.

The shelter-in-place order for Shandon Elementary and the high school was lifted when school let out for the day.


UPDATE (11:15 a.m., 9/21/18) – The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office has identified the suspect in a series of thefts and burglaries Thursday in Shandon as Larry Harvey, 27.

Harvey is believed to be the person responsible for stealing three vehicles and breaking into a home Thursday afternoon. Sheriff’s officials say he took another vehicle at around 8 a.m. Friday and fled when a California Highway Patrol officer tried to stop him.

Law enforcement searched the area but officers were unable to locate Harvey. He was reportedly last seen in the area of Camatti and 4th Streets, wearing a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Larry Harvey

Shandon Elementary School and Shandon High School were sheltered in place and a reverse 911 was sent to residents in the area where Harvey was last seen, advising them to lock their doors and secure their vehicles.

Sheriff’s officials say Harvey is a wanted parolee and is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who spots him is urged to call the sheriff’s office at (805) 781-4550 or Crime Stoppers at (805) 549-STOP.


UPDATE (7:50 p.m.) – Sheriff’s deputies say the suspect in a series of crimes around Shandon stole three vehicles and burglarized a home.

The first incident happened in the 100 block of South 7th Street. A truck was stolen, but the driver later crashed in the 2500 block of San Juan Road.  A nearby ranch utility vehicle was stolen and driven to the 300 block of Truesdale Road, where a home was burglarized. Deputies don’t know if anything was taken from the home.

Deputies say a single suspect ran to another home in the 600 block of Mesa Grande Drive and stole a car parked in the driveway of a home in the 500 block of Mesa Grande Drive.

Deputies, CHP officers, and a CHP helicopter searched the area, but couldn’t find any suspects.  Deputies later located the last vehicle that was stolen in the city of Paso Robles.


San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies were searching for someone who reportedly stole several vehicles and tried to break into a home in Shandon Thursday afternoon.

Sheriff’s officials say the suspect or suspects stole a truck and crashed it, then stole a utility vehicle from a ranch, tried to break into a home, and stole another car that was parked in the driveway.

It all started at about 2:20 p.m. The crimes reportedly occurred at various locations around Shandon.

By 5:30 p.m., sheriff’s officials said they believed the person or persons responsible were no longer in the area.

A witness described a possible suspect as a white man, 20-25 years old, 5’6″-5’8″, with a thin build, light-colored beard, and wearing a blue shirt and black pants.

He was last known to be traveling in a black 2008 Chevy Malibu.

Anyone with information about these crimes is urged to contact the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.