Mound of stolen property recovered after arrest of alleged burglars

Investigators are trying to reunite the items — ranging from checkbooks and driver's licenses to Xboxes and a crossbow — with their owners

mfountain@thetribunenews.comFebruary 18, 2014 

The search of two suspects in a local burglary ring that officials say possibly stretches to Los Angeles County has turned up a trove of apparently stolen property, and investigators are attempting to reunite the items with their rightful owners.

Los Osos resident Ryan Antone Dutra, 35, was arrested in Arroyo Grande on Jan. 19 on suspicion of commercial burglary after police received a report of a person breaking into parked vehicles in the 100 block of Poole Street. Officers allegedly found items on Dutra recently stolen from a nearby Chevrolet dealership.

Officers then secured a search warrant for the car Dutra was driving, a 2007 Toyota Corolla registered to his spouse, 23-year-old Camille Deperna, as well as for the home they share in the 1300 block of Santa Ynez Avenue in Los Osos.

The search turned up items ranging from checkbooks and car keys to jewelry and power tools, according to recently released court records. An inventory listing of the property is 25 pages long.

“We still have a lot of property we’re sifting through. There is a lot of stuff we need to identify,” Arroyo Grande police Detective Sgt. Dan Langstaff said Tuesday afternoon. Investigators have yet to match any of the property to potential victims.

Among the items police found at the residence were checkbooks, credit cards, driver’s licenses, and mail belonging to people other than Dutra and Deperna.

However, a vast majority of the items were found in the trunk of the Corolla, as well as throughout its interior, records show. In the trunk, police allegedly found camping gear, Xbox gaming systems, jewelry, a Nikon D800 camera and lenses, various power tools, knives, a metal crossbow, cell phones and accessories, miscellaneous tattooing equipment, pornographic DVDs, two-way radios, radar detectors and more.

Inside the vehicle, police found a number of vehicle license plates, printer ink cartridges, various electronics, and at least 65 vehicle ignition keys.

In addition, under the driver's seat of the vehicle, officers found a resealable plastic bag allegedly containing 63.4 grams of marijuana and a syringe with traces of blood and an unknown fluid. The log indicated that officers discovered physicians’ recommendation certificates for medicinal marijuana for Dutra and Deperna. No new drug-related charges have been filed by prosecutors, and the syringe has been sent to a processing lab to be analyzed.

Investigators believe the property is from several commercial burglaries in Los Osos in recent months, but Langstaff said there is evidence that links Dutra to burglaries as far away as Los Angeles County.

Langstaff said the Arroyo Grande Police Department has assigned two detectives and a property evidence technician to the case. He said investigators are first focusing on reviewing the list and determining which items are stolen. Then they will have to reach out to every law enforcement agency that took the initial report of each of the burglaries to see if the property matches.

He said it isn’t clear how long the process will take, noting that the investigation is still in the early stages.

According to court records, Dutra has a long history of criminal convictions in San Luis Obispo County dating back to 1997, including possession of a deadly weapon, theft, receiving stolen property, forgery, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, resisting arrest, evading police officers, possession of a controlled substance and being drunk in public.

In addition, at the time of his January arrest, Dutra was facing multiple felony counts of transporting narcotics, possession with the intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He pleaded not guilty to those counts on Oct. 16, according to court records.

The District Attorney’s Office has filed new charges of grand theft, second-degree burglary and receiving stolen property.

Dutra was released from local custody on $20,000 bail by Jan. 21, according to the Sheriff’s Office records division.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, however, Dutra is currently in Santa Barbara County Jail facing separate charges of attempted burglary and possession of burglary tools after an arrest by Santa Barbara police Jan. 22.

He is scheduled for a Feb. 24 court appearance in Santa Maria. According to a San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office representative, prosecutors are in the process of determining how they will try all of the charges against Dutra, and whether they will work with Santa Barbara County prosecutors.

Deperna, meanwhile, is facing four felony charges of second-degree commercial burglary and receiving stolen property, as well as misdemeanor charges of burglary, theft by forgery and obstructing a public officer.

She was released from custody after posting an unknown amount of bail and has a preliminary hearing in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on March 18.

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