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Santa Barbara man arrested twice in three days, now held on $1M bail

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Posted at 2:31 PM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 17:33:33-05

A convicted felon is back behind bars in Santa Barbara after being arrested twice in the past three days.

Santa Barbara police say they responded to a report of a burglary-in-progress at a business in the 100 block of Nopalitos Way at approximately 11:40 p.m. on Saturday.

Police say the suspect was seen jumping a fence on the property and was later found by a police K9 hiding in a nearby vehicle.

Curt Cary Carpenter, 54, was taken into custody and booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail in the early morning hours of Jan. 17 on suspicion of burglary, possession of a loaded firearm, felon in possession of a loaded firearm, and possession of drugs.

Police say they found a loaded 9mm Springfield XD9, a scoped pellet rifle, a cattle prod-style taser, and a large quantity of methamphetamine in a vehicle that was associated with Carpenter.

Two days later, at approximately 3:40 a.m. on Jan. 19, police were called to a disturbance at a motel in the 2800 block of State Street. Responding officers suspected a robbery-in-progress.

Police say they found Carpenter at the scene. He reportedly refused to comply with officer commands and tried to shut the door on officers.

The police department says Carpenter was taken into custody after being tased. Officers who searched the room reported finding a loaded handgun, a stun gun bat, methamphetamine, heroin, several pills, and a large amount of cash.

Carpenter was again booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of robbery, burglary, making criminal threats, false imprisonment, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm without a serial number, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance while armed with a firearm, and possession of drugs for sale.

This time, a judge agreed to increase Carpenter's bail and he is currently being held in lieu of $1 million.