Four people arrested following early morning Carpinteria break-ins

Burglaries at Padaro Beach Grill and Taco Grande

Video surveillance was part of the investigation in a string of Carpinteria burglaries

CARPINTERIA, Calif. - [Update 3:30 p.m.] The two adult men who were arrested in connection to a pair of break-ins in Carpinteria have been identified as Rodney Shorter, 18, and Colby Penn, 18, both of Long Beach.

The two were booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail and could face charges for commercial burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime and Possession of burglary tools. Bail was set at $20,000.

Shorter is also accused of falsely identifying himself to a peace officer.

Two other suspects arrested were juvenile. Their booking photos will not be released due to their age according to police.


[Original Story] Two adults and two juveniles have been arrested following a pair of break-ins in Carpinteria early Tuesday morning.

According to the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department, suspects kicked in a door at Padaro Beach Grill on Santa Claus Lane just before 3:00 a.m., triggering an alarm.

Moments later, law enforcement received a call about a broken window at Taco Grande on Casitas Pass Road.

Two suspects fled from Taco Grande, getting into a silver Nissan Altima. Two other suspects were already inside the car, deputies said. 

A car matching the description from the break-ins was stopped by authorities in Ventura. Video surveillance evidence recovered from Taco Grande tied the people in that car to the break-ins.

The two adults have been booked into Santa Barbara County Jail. The two juveniles were booked into Santa Maria Juvenile Hall.

Authorities are still trying to determine if anything was stolen from either business.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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