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2 arrested, accused of breaking into Montecito home

MONTECITO, Calif. - Two men were arrested Thursday night after sheriff's deputies say they broke into a Montecito residence.

Just after 9 p.m., a father of two young children heard strange noises coming from a child's bedroom at his home on the 200 block of Gould Lane. The homeowner went to find the source of the noise when he saw an unidentified man dressed in dark clothing standing in the hallway between two bedrooms.

The homeowner shouted at the suspect, who fled and jumped out of a broken window that he had used to gain entry to the home. The suspect was last seen fleeing into a wooded area.

Sheriff's deputies who were in the area patrolling near the disaster zones responded within minutes of the 911 call. Deputies located a suspect matching the description attempting to flee in a vehicle. They made a traffic stop and the suspect was detained. He was identified as Frank James Showell, 25, of Los Angeles.

Sheriff's deputies then located a second suspect in the bushes along the roadway. He was identified as Donyae Dixon, 29, of Los Angeles.

A sheriff's dog was in the area and tracked the scent from the broken window to the patrol car where Dixon was being detained. 

Both men were booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail and face possible charges for burglary and conspiracy. Showell may also be charged with false personation. They are both being held on $50,000 bail.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind everyone affected by the disasters to be extra diligent and immediately report all suspicious activity to law enforcement.


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