Transients allegedly caught with property stolen from SLO homes

tstrickland@thetribunenews.comFebruary 20, 2013 

Two transients were arrested in San Luis Obispo early Wednesday for their alleged involvement in a recent string of home burglaries, according to police.

Around 2:30 a.m., San Luis Obispo police Officer Greg Benson stopped a silver Ford F-150 pickup occupied by Aaron Kirby, 35, and Hattie Davis, 19, on the 1200 Block of Chorro Street, according to a news release.

“As the vehicle came to a stop the female passenger, later identified as Hattie Davis, jumped out of the passenger door and attempted to flee from officers,” police said in the news release. Davis was detained after a short foot chase.

Officer Benson found that Kirby, the driver of the truck, is currently on probation for possession of stolen property and weapons violations.

During an initial search of the truck, officers found several items they believed were stolen as well as drug paraphernalia, police said.

Investigators later determined that the items inside Kirby’s vehicle were from at least three recent San Luis Obispo residential burglaries.

The follow-up investigation also determined the truck contained approximately 2 1/2 ounces of methamphetamine, half an ounce of heroin, more than $3,000 in cash and a handgun reported stolen out of Kings County, police said.

The investigation led officers to an Arroyo Grande hotel room booked in Kirby's name, where they found additional stolen items and drug supplies, according to police.

Kirby was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property, possession for sales of methamphetamine and heroin, and a probation violation. He is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Davis was booked into County Jail on suspicion of resisting arrest and for outstanding warrants and is being held in lieu of $74,000 bail.

This investigation is still open to identify further victims or additional suspects in the burglaries, police said.

Anyone with information about the burglaries can call the San Luis Obispo Police Department at 781-7317 or CrimeStoppers at 549-STOP.

Home burglaries in SLO

Six burglaries that police said were similar in nature have been reported from December 2012 to February 19, 2013, in the following areas of San Luis Obispo:

View Recent home burglaries in San Luis Obispo in a larger map

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