Tented home burglarized
A home in the 1800 block of Wade Court was burglarized while it was tented for fumigation, according to Santa Maria police.
About 8 a.m. Thursday, Norman Delano, the homeowner, found his residence had been ransacked, police said. No suspects were found in the home and the missing property hadn’t been determined.
Police called the Fire Department to enter the home with breathing apparatus because of the lethal level of gas in the home
Identity thief steals $2,500
Santa Barbara County sheriff’s detectives are searching for a thief who drained money from his victim’s bank account at banks throughout the Central Coast, including one in Santa Maria.
The suspect obtained personal information from the victim, which allowed him to create a bank card in the person’s name, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
He then used the card to withdraw large amounts of money from at least five banks between Nov. 12 and Nov. 16.
On Nov. 14, he withdrew money at the Wells Fargo on South Broadway in Santa Maria.
The suspect stole $2,500 from one person, and detectives believe there might be more victims.
Anyone with information about the theft is encouraged to call sheriff’s detectives at 681-4150 or the Sheriff’s Anonymous Tip Line at
Four men arrested for selling meth
Local narcotics units have busted several suspected drug dealers who came from out of the area to sell crystal methamphetamine in Santa Maria.
Alonso Ramirez Medina, 24, of Salinas; Aresnio Rodriguez Millan, 47, of Salinas; Jesus Rodriguez Vega, 20, of Arizona; and Roberto Rodriguez Millan, 39, of Arizona, were all arrested and booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail Wednesday, according to Santa Maria police.
All four are being held on suspicion of possession of meth for sales, transportation of dangerous drugs and conspiracy to distribute meth.
The Santa Maria Police Department Narcotics Suppression Team, the Santa Barbara Regional Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit worked in conjunction to arrange a buy operation in Paso Robles.
As a result of the sting, officers recovered more than two pounds of crystal meth with a street value of approximately $100,000.
Man released after being struck by car
A 50-year-old pedestrian was released from the hospital after being struck by a vehicle Wednesday night at the intersection of Carmen Lane and South Broadway.
Thomas Farnum of Santa Maria was on foot crossing southbound on Carmen Lane when he was hit by a 1997 Honda Civic heading east on Carmen Lane approaching South Broadway, according to Santa Maria police.
Andrew Peterson, 37, of Santa Maria did not see Farnum until just prior to impact, and although he applied the Honda’s brakes, the collision was unavoidable, police said.
Farnum was taken to Marian Medical Center with multiple injuries to his head and arms. He was treated and released, according to a hospital representative.
Police looking for stabbing suspects
Two suspects are at large after an assault with a deadly weapon Wednesday in the 1800 block of David Sanchez Court, according to Santa Maria police.
At about 10:50 p.m., officers at Marian Medical Center contacted Javier Covarrubias, 23, who had a cut to his hand and a stab wound to his chest, police said. Covarrubias told officers he had an argument with Michael Liendo, 27. Liendo allegedly stabbed Covarrubias in the chest. While attempting to grab the knife, Covarrubias cut his hand.
Jaime Aguilera, 53, Liendo’s father, allegedly began kicking Covarrubias while he was on the ground, police said. Both fled in a white sedan.
Covarrubias was treated and released.
Liendo is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds.
Aguilera is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds.
No description of their clothing was given.
Anyone with information on the suspects’ whereabouts is asked to call the Santa Maria police at 928-3781 or report anonymously through Crime Stoppers at (877) 800-9100.
Accident sends one to hospital
A driver who failed to stop at a red light caused a three-vehicle accident Wednesday at Broadway and Main Street, Santa Maria police said.
At about 3:45 p.m., Florencio Lopez Peralta,
20, of Santa Maria was in his 1990 Toyota Corolla headed northbound toward Broadway and Main Street when he drove into the intersection against a red light, hitting a 2008 Scion driven by Kevin Harden, 52, of Templeton, witnesses told police. Harden was turning left eastbound on Main to northbound Broadway, police said.
Peralta’s vehicle hit the Scion on the rear passenger side, causing Harden to lose control of the vehicle and sideswipe a Santa Maria Area Transit bus driven by David McCashen, 53, of Santa Maria
An unidentified pregnant woman, Peralta’s passenger, was taken to Marian Medical Center for abdominal pain.
Peralta is an unlicensed driver and an illegal immigrant, police said.
He was cited for driving without a license and for failing to stop at a red light.
Street closed for Christmas parade
A portion of Highway 1 (Guadalupe Street) through downtown Guadalupe will be closed Saturday for the city’s annual Holiday Christmas Parade, according to Caltrans.
Drivers can detour onto Highway 166 (West Main Street), Obispo Street and 11th Street.
The closure from Fifth Street to Tenth Street is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m.
Detour signs and law enforcement will be in the area to direct traffic.
— From staff reports