Arroyo Grande police have arrested a Los Osos man they say is linked to a series of burglaries from Los Angeles County to Paso Robles, including a number of recent high-profile vehicle break-ins in San Luis Obispo.
Ryan Antone Dutra, 35, was arrested Sunday along with his wife, Camille Deperna, 23.
Deperna was arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen property as well as an outstanding warrant.
Dutra faces a host of charges after officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Poole Street in Arroyo Grande in response to a report of a suspicious person possibly breaking into parked vehicles.
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When officers arrived, Dutra allegedly fled but was found and taken into custody nearby in the 300 block of Short Street, where he was hiding behind bushes.
Police went to the dealership and discovered evidence of forced entry into the building and found allegedly stolen property in and around Dutra’s vehicle. The vehicle, registered to Deperna, also allegedly had stolen license plates affixed to it.
Detectives then obtained a search warrant for the vehicle and Dutra’s Los Osos residence, where officials said they found more stolen property from numerous burglaries around San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles counties.
According to Detective Sgt. Dan Langstaff, officers found evidence linking Dutra to a number of recent vehicle burglaries in San Luis Obispo and commercial burglaries in Los Osos, but he declined to identify specific incidents in the ongoing investigation.
“We’ve got so much property we’re sifting through at this point, I couldn’t even tell you all the burglaries we think he’s tied to,” Langstaff said, adding that investigators are in the process of identifying owners of the recovered property.
Langstaff said Dutra is well known to law enforcement throughout the county. According to court records, Dutra has a long history of criminal convictions in San Luis Obispo County dating back to 1997, including felony and misdemeanor convictions for possession of a deadly weapon, theft, forgery, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, resisting arrest, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, evading police officers and being drunk in public.
Dutra has an ongoing case for 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 all counts on Oct. 16, according to court records.
Dutra was booked into County Jail on Sunday on new charges of burglary, possession of stolen property, resisting arrest and prowling. As of Wednesday morning, Dutra was out of custody on $20,000 bail, according to the Sheriff’s Office Records Division.
Deperna remains in County Jail on $125,000 bail.
The District Attorney’s Office had yet to file charges against Dutra as of Wednesday afternoon. However, an office spokesperson said he is due in court for an arraignment Feb. 3 on the existing narcotics charge.