SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Four juveniles were arrested in Santa Maria for burglarizing multiple homes in the Union Valley area Tuesday afternoon.
Santa Barbara County Dispatch received a 911 call describing several suspects scaling a backyard residential fence in the area of Union Valley and Highway 101 carrying what was described as a flat screen television. Other witnesses called in and reported seeing similar subjects associated with a white 4-door sedan.
Witnesses say the vehicle got onto Highway 101 traveling northbound. Santa Maria deputies intercepted the vehicle and conducted a high-risk vehicle stop at Nicholson Avenue and East Cypress Street in the City of Santa Maria.
Four juvenile occupants were detained and arrested with the help of Santa Maria Police. The investigation revealed that the four male juveniles, ranging in age from 15 to 16-years old, had burglarized and ransacked multiple homes in the Union Valley area. One of the juveniles was determined to have a gang affiliation.
Sheriff's recovered a substantial amount of stolen property and the vehicle was also determined to have been stolen earlier in the day. Sheriff canine, Dougie, recovered half an ounce of marijuana in the vehicle.
The four juvenile suspects were booked into the Santa Maria Juvenile Hall on charges of burglary, vehicle theft, burglary tools, conspiracy, providing a false name, open container, and possession of stolen property.
Due to the suspects' ages, names and photographs have been withheld.