At around 6:20 a.m. on Sunday morning, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a construction site in the 4300 block of Marina Drive in Hope Ranch. A security company, hired to watch the site where a home was being built, noticed suspicious activity on its surveillance cameras. The cameras detected two suspects in a gold van illegally entering the property and then getting out of the vehicle and walking around the property.
The security company employees called 911 but by the time Deputies arrived, the suspects had fled. Dispatchers sent out a “be on the lookout” description of the suspects and the vehicle.
About 20 minutes later, a Sheriff’s Detective in Carpinteria noticed a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle in a parking lot off the 101 exit at Casitas Pass Road. The Deputy made contact with the two suspects. Through the course of the investigation and based on evidence from the vehicle and from surveillance video, the two suspects were arrested.
44-year-old Robert Donohue of Santa Paula was arrested for burglary, possession of burglary tools, conspiracy to commit burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine.
32-year-old Joseph Espinoza of Ventura was charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools, conspiracy to commit burglary, possession of a dagger, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell and transportation of a controlled substance with the intent to sell. He was also charged with driving with a suspended license.
Both suspects are in the Santa Barbara County Jail booked on 50,000 dollars bail. Detectives are investigating whether the two suspects are connected to more burglaries.